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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.

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.
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United Kingdom

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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.

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English


Episodes

Harry Potter

8/15/2017
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In the late nineties and early naughties, JK Rowling's revolutionary series Harry Potter became the most challenged and controversial set of books of the period. Critics of the novels only grew more passionate as the cinematic version of the stories started to be produced. The controversy centred on the dark themes and violence of the books, the moral ambiguity and rule-breaking main characters within them, and the potential of the stories to cause children to become indoctrinated into the...

Duration:00:30:35

Oz 28 'Schoolkids'

7/30/2017
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Oz magazine, an underground alternative publication of the sixties and early seventies counterculture in the UK, became famous for its psychedelic illustrations and provocative artwork. The publication, which always included articles on sex and drugs, was no stranger to controversy. In 1970 however it went a step too far for the authorities and the establishment when it invited 20 school-kids in to edit, with complete freedom, issue 28. When the issue came out it was filled with crude and...

Duration:00:22:50

Video Nasties I

7/30/2017
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With the rise of VCRs in the UK after 1979, video rentals became more and more popular. The most popular of all, however, were cheap horror films normally imported from the US or Italy. With absolutely no censorship or regulation of videos before 1984, these violent and gory films that often depicted torture, murder and sexual violence, caused a widespread moral panic amongst a number of individuals, groups, politicians and media outlets. Soon dubbed 'video nasties', a war was waged on...

Duration:00:21:54

Lady Chatterley's Lover

7/30/2017
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Over six days between 20 October and 2 November 1960, a public prosecution of Penguin Books Ltd took place at the Old Bailey, London, over Penguin's decision to publish D.H Lawrence's 1928 novel Lady Chatterley's Lover. The book, notorious for is physical and emotional relationship between a working-class man and upper-class woman, was deemed obscene under the new 1959 Obscene Publications Act. After the trial, which became famous for a series of questionable remarks by the prosecution...

Duration:00:16:57