b'Banned Books, Burned Books:Reconsidering JFKForbidden Literary WorksBroadcast November 714 Broadcast October 20November 6 John F. Kennedys presidency was certainly From bowdlerizing the Bard to the backlasha turning point. But whats so compelling against Harry Potter, the history of challengesis the human drama behind events like the to and action against literature is long andBay of Pigs or the Cuban Missile Crisis . impassioned. Proof of how powerful the writtencircumstances which Professor Sheldon uses word can be. This power is often why literaryto highlight how much Kennedy asserted works are so strongly centered in cultures, andhis own approach. These 12 lectures tell why some books are seen as a threat. this compelling story, revealing the heart of Maureen Corrigan not only traces this rich history,the enigmatic man who changed the world. but she also reveals why books continue to beAs the youngest U.S. president to assume banned, including the trend of using proposedoffice, he promised the moon. Tragically, censorship as a marketing tactic. Hold on to yourthe assassination prevented his seeing Huck Finn as we venture down this politicizedthis goal fulfilled. But while serving as alley! Professor of the Practice in Literarypresident, he delivered plenty to reconsider. Criticism at Georgetown, Ms. Corrigan is also A Professor of English at Indiana State, the book critic for the NPR program Fresh Air. Michael Shelden has also authored six biographies, one a finalist for thePulitzer Prize.51'