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Oregon bill aims to ban school book bans

Senate Bill 1583 would prevent school boards and district personnel from banning textbooks and library books on the basis of content related to protected groups like race and sexuality. We'll hear from a reporter with the details.

Black liberation through revolution and fashion

Journalist Santi Elijah Holley chronicles the history of the Shakur family in his new book “An Amerikan Family: The Shakurs and the Nation.” Holley describes a group of people committed to resisting the exploitation and persecution of Black people, and creating a space of self-determination through activism, care, violence, and art. OPB’s Prakruti Bhatt talked to Holley at the 2023 Portland Book Festival. Mitchell Jackson’s latest book, “Fly: The Big Book of Basketball Fashion,” chronicles the relationship between basketball, fashion, politics and hip hop. OPB’s Paul Marshall talks to Jackson at the festival.

Portland writer explores personal grief, cultural impact of ‘The Exorcist’

Portland writer Marlena Williams' new book "Night Mother" is a personal and cultural history of the 1973 horror classic "The Exorcist." Williams interweaves a collection of critiques and essays on the film's strengths, tropes and its place in popular culture. But she also delves into how the film has affected her own life.