This is the last in a series of 13 episodes. This program contains interviews and debates with attorneys, writers, and academics which convey the controversy over the question of censorship and public libraries. Sponsored by the Pacifica Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, with funding from the Deer Creek Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri; and the California Council for the Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Bicentennial Edition produced by Adi Gevins, 1987; engineer, David Rapkin; announcer, Brenda Wilson; original program produced by Marie Ritzo, Geri Calkins-Pizzi, and David Selvin, 1982.
KPFA Folio, December 1987, pg. 26: The American Library Association receives three to five reports a day regarding requests to remove books from local public libraries. School librarians and curricula are similarly affected. Who should control the selection of library materials—librarians or the local communities they serve? Public libraries did not exist when the Bill of Rights was ratified yet the First Amendment guarantees freedom of expression and access to that expression. This mix of interviews with participants in the debate conveys the controversy over the question of censorship and public libraries. Program participants and consultants include: Judith Krug, American Library Association; Michael Farris, Concerned Women for America; Barry Lynn, ACLU; Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum; Kurt Vonnegut, author.