Welcome to Banished!
Are you troubled by the rising tides of censorship and intolerance seemingly everywhere? Dismayed by the loss of complexity and nuance in discussions about, well, seemingly everything? Frustrated that we’ve somehow shorthanded all of this with an unfortunate phrase like cancel culture? Me too.
Having grown up under a military dictatorship in Pakistan, I know well what happens when freedom of expression is threatened and people are bullied into silence. It pains me deeply to see this happening in my adopted country. As a professor, attacks on open speech and academic freedom on campus are even more alarming. Hence my podcast: Banished.
Banished is a show about our reassessment of the many people, ideas, objects and even works of art that conflict with modern sensibilities. To be clear, I have no tribe and don’t feel the need for one. So join me as I look at threats to expression across the ideological spectrum — from book bans to anti-CRT bills to the increasing dogmatism of both conservative and progressive politics. Banished is where you’ll find interesting, intellectually sophisticated and thought provoking conversations about illiberal trends. But don’t take my word for it — have a look at the iTunes ratings and reviews!
I’m excited to share these conversations with you, and I hope you’ll become a subscriber. As a free subscriber, you’ll get my semi-monthly podcast delivered right to your inbox. And if you become a paying subscriber, you’ll get bonus content including written columns, extra podcast segments, and my animated explainer videos. Plus you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting all the work we do here at Booksmart Studios.
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— Amna Khalid
Not a *person of colour.* A colourful person.
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