EPISODIO DE PODCAST

#184: Banned Books

English Learning for Curious Minds

12-08-2021 • 26 minutos


It's often said that the pen is mightier than the sword, and throughout history there are books that have been considered too dangerous to be read.

In this episode, we'll take a look at the times when governments have banned books, the reasons for this, and ask ourselves what this tells us about society.


  • What's the link between The Bible, William Shakespeare, Harry Potter, The Quotations of Chairman Mao and Mickey Mouse?
  • What does "banning" actually mean?
  • Correlation between banning books and restricting civil liberties
  • “….where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people.“
  • The invention of the Gutenberg Printing Press
  • Indulgences of the Catholic Church
  • Growth of printing (and importance of censorship)
  • Reasons for banning books: political, sexual, moral & religious
  • The banning of Mein Kampf
  • The trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover
  • What banning books does for book sales
  • The debate around The Catcher in the Rye
  • Religious bans & The Satanic Verses
  • Banning books in 2021

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/banned-books


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