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Indiana: Etheridge Knight- December 28, 2013
We travel to Indianapolis, IN to explore the story of literary great Etheridge Knight, who published his first book, the soulful 1968 masterpiece “Poems from Prison,” while incarcerated at Indiana State Prison. Knight wrote as a prisoner, drug-addict and Korean War veteran. In this episode PPW explores the beauty and complexities of his work and […]
New York: Voices UnBroken – December 28, 2013
A poet famous for writing about the civil rights movement and for epitomizing black arts movement feminism, Sonia Sanchez passed through Attica’s gates 8 years after its legendary 1971 uprising. Though she’d never been incarcerated herself, for several years, she’d been married to widely praised prison poet Etheridge Knight. As Sanchez took the stage for […]
Marquee: We Free Singers Be – December 28, 2013
Sit in any prison classroom or recreation room in any prison in the country and ask yourself: How many writers are in the room. How many people are writing rhymes or poems? Carefully-folded pieces of paper come out of pockets – words written in tightly stylized hand-writing. And more often than not, writing is kept […]
Michigan: Time Piece – December 28, 2013
Michigan has always been home to a number of bustling American enterprises, including the prison industry. Each year, the state’s correctional facilities take on 50 to 60,000 more “felons,” in a process that seems as endless as it is overwhelming. In this episode, we visit with those most likely to be able to explain it […]
California: Disguised as a Poem – December 28, 2013
Long before the term La Vida Loca became a song hook for early-aught pop star Ricky Martin, in Los Angeles California, it denoted a lifestyle.The crazy life was a life of partying and death, liquor and drivebys, funerals and sex— in essence, the modus operandi of the gangbanger. Inviting us into his San Fernando Valley […]
Louisiana: No Longer Invisible – December 28, 2013
We take to the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana to ask folks about their connection to the criminal justice system. In the state of Louisiana, one in 86 adults are in prison and one in 55 adults are in jail, leading some to refer to Louisiana as the incarceration capital of the world. But today, […]
The 13th Amendment
"It is time for the U.S. to recognize not only our ugly past, but our ugly present..."
Stop Social Media Spying
The unfolding story of police and social media intelligence companies.
Caught in the Phone Tracker Upsell
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A law enforcement agency not everyone will be familiar with, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), has been getting familiar with your phone.