Episode 62: To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Ever since its publication in 1960, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has been earning accolades and showing up on school required reading lists. In more recent years, the conversation around this book — more specifically, around what it has to say about race and racial injustice — has become more complicated. On Episode 62, Alli and guest Amy Jo Bunselmeyer take a good, hard look at this classic and try to make sense of the role it should play in our larger dialogues about important social issues.

Thanks to Amy Jo for guesting on this episode! You may know Amy Jo better as bookstagram’s @literaryjo. Check out the book reviews on her blog, as well!


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“Just How Good Is To Kill a Mockingbird?” (The New Republic, 2015)

“11 Facts About To Kill a Mockingbird” (Mental Floss, 2015)

“Why everyone should read To Kill a Mockingbird” (The Tab, 2015)

“Why To Kill a Mockingbird Keeps Getting Banned” (History, 2018)

“Why To Kill a Mockingbird Should Be on Your Business Reading List” (Inc., 2015)

“Let’s Stop Pretending To Kill a Mockingbird Is Progressive on Race” (NCTE, 2017)

“Why Are We Still Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird in Schools?” (NBC News, 2017)

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