RadioActive: September 28, 2017

  • September 28, 2017
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The 13th Amendment Loophole, BlindSpot, Banned Books

Hosted By Billy Palmer and Lara Jones, tonight's RadioActive featured:
  • Heather Hart, teen librarian at Salt Lake City Public Library Marmalade Branch, who called in for #BannedBooksWeek. She shared several titles deemed objectionable to some:

    • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: On the top ten banned list for 2014. Challenged for anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence.  Additional reasons: depictions of bullying.  Award: 2007 National Book Award medal.

    • This One Summer: Top ten banned list for 2016. Challenged for inclusion of LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, sexually explicit with mature themes. Awards: 2015 Newbery Honor seal (an honor given to distinct illustrated works for children) and a 2015 Printz honor (excellent for teens).

  • Blindspot with youth activist Saida Dahir, who shared an essay on implicit gender bias and a spoken word piece called "Struggles."  Made possible with the generous support of the Utah Women's Giving Circle, Blindspot was a 12-part series on the issues affecting the lives of women and girls. 

  • Also, we featured the upcoming event 13TH – West Jordan Free Film Screening + Discussion with a panel to talk about Redefining Justice: A Call to Action. Guests included:

    • Emma Houston, SL County Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion director

    • Jackie Chamberlain with Juvenile Justice Services

    • Juvenile justice advocate and defense attorney Nubia Peña