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Jane Roper on cancel culture, internet scandals and shame

"Society of Shame" author Jane Roper
Asia Kepka
"Society of Shame" author Jane Roper

In Jane Roper’s new novel, The Society of Shame, she dives into the complexity of cancel culture, internet scandals, and the shared experience of shame.

The book follows Kathleen, a mother and wife of a political candidate, who finds herself suddenly in the spotlight after a photo emerges of her with a period stain on her pants.

I recently spoke with Jane Roper about the impact of internet movements, mother-daughter relationships and more. I’m Beth Golay. From KMUW Studios, part of the NPR Podcast Network, this is Marginalia.


The Society of Shame was published by Anchor.

Marginalia was produced at KMUW Wichita and is part of the NPR Podcast Network.

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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.