The Blue Pencil

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This podcast is the home of the censored, the banned, the classified and the regulated. It is about restriction, obscenity and indecency. Each week on Tuesday morning we'll take a look at something in history - a book, a play, a magazine, a film, or whatever else it might be - that was banned, censored, cut or that caused controversy during its time or beyond. We'll examine the trials, the media reactions and the popular responses in each case. We'll be looking at the proponents and opponents of censorship and regulations of the arts and media, and we'll find examples of censorship and restriction both from above (such as governments, regulatory bodies and institutions) and also from below (including popular religious groups, concerned parents and ordinary citizens). Over the course of this podcast we’ll be reaching into the murky dark depths of X-rated graphic films, pornography, blasphemous literature, obscene magazines and much much more.Read more »

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