Banned Books on the Run

Aug 17, 2018
Originally published on August 22, 2018 10:33 am

The lyrics of the Wings song "Band on the Run" are changed to be about books that were once banned, censored or challenged in the United States. It's trivia turned up to 451 degrees Fahrenheit.

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JONATHAN COULTON: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Now here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Thank you, Jonathan. Before the break, we met our contestants Rebecca and Maggie. Our next game is a music parody about banned books, and the points are doubled. Maggie, you are in the lead. Rebecca, you need to catch up, or you have to read a book.

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REBECCA BATSON: Don't you threaten me.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: Yeah. I know. It's a big one.

COULTON: We changed the lyrics of the Paul McCartney and Wings song "Band On The Run" to be about books that were famously banned, censored or challenged at some point in the United States according to the American Library Association. So just ring in and give me the title of the book. Are you ready?

MAGGIE LLOYD: Yes.

BATSON: Yeah.

COULTON: OK.

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BATSON: I'm hoping.

COULTON: Here we go. (Playing guitar, singing)

Living here in West Egg, got my eyes on Daisy, written by Fitzgerald. All they drink is booze, mama, booze.

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COULTON: Rebecca.

BATSON: "The Great Gatsby."

COULTON: That's correct.

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EISENBERG: Nothing like being in public school and reading a book about rich people who are sad.

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COULTON: (Playing guitar, singing) Well, I live in 'bama with my brother, Jem, and my father, Atticus. That's all you get.

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COULTON: Maggie.

LLOYD: "To Kill A Mockingbird."

COULTON: "To Kill a Mockingbird." That's correct.

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COULTON: (Singing) Dude's not so fun. Dude's not so fun. He's a teen depressed with phoniness. He hates on everyone. Tell him, where are the ducks? Where are the ducks?

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COULTON: Maggie.

LLOYD: "The Catcher In The Rye."

COULTON: Yeah, you got it.

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EISENBERG: If any high-schoolers are listening, the ducks represent Holden Caulfield's childlike innocence.

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COULTON: Where do they go?

COULTON: Anaheim (laughter).

COULTON: Where do they go when it gets cold? Yeah, Anaheim. They just go to a warm place. It's fine. This is your last, very depressing clue.

(Singing) Big Brother won. Big Brother won.

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COULTON: Rebecca.

BATSON: "1984."

COULTON: Yeah, it's true.

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EISENBERG: The Ministry of Truth says both of you were fantastic. Fantastic.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Maggie. You are going to our final round.

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