Charlie Berens’ ‘Dive Bar Dinner,’ Book banning

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Banned books are visible at the Central Library, a branch of the Brooklyn Public Library system, in New York City on Thursday, July 7, 2022. Ted Shaffrey/AP Photo

Comedian Charlie Berens is out with an album of songs celebrating what makes Wisconsin unique. We talk with him and musician Adam Greuel about the project. We also look at recent data about book banning in school libraries around the country.

Featured in this Show

  • 'Dive Bar Dinner' takes on classic Wisconsin themes

    We talk to Charlie Berens and Adam Greuel about their new album, “Dive Bar Dinner,” which covers classic themes of the upper Midwest: old fashioneds, Midwestern goodbyes, the Michigan-Wisconsin rivalry, and more.

  • Lessons from two years of book bans

    Last week, PEN America released a new report about book bans, with data collected across the United States from July 2021 through June 2023. An expert from the organization shares the findings, including trends like “copycat bans” and the “Scarlet Letter” effect.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Richelle Wilson Producer
  • Adam Greuel Guest
  • Kasey Meehan Guest

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