From Governor Tony Evers’ pardons to Oklahoma’s record-day of commutations, stories of incarceration and freedom have recently dotted both local and national headlines. Today on “What’s the Word,” Adam Schuster digs into the history of American incarceration, tracing its complex attachment to slavery in the U.S. and how Wisconsin prisons compare to those across the […]
On today’s episode, Ali talks with Chicago-based journalist Nissa Rhee about her work on immigration reporting, youth justice, and mass incarceration. She is joined in the studio by Carousel Bayrd to emphasize the importance of supporting independent, local media. Nissa Rhee is an independent journalist who lives in Chicago. Her work has appeared in a […]
To understand issues like mass incarceration and racist policing, you have to go back in history—farther back than Reagan’s war on drugs or even Johnson’s proposed war on crime. That’s the argument of Simon Balto, our guest today and the author of Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power. He spends […]
Nearly 2.3 million adults are currently incarcerated in the United States, which represents the highest incarceration rate in the world. How did this come to be? What led to the construction of the carceral state? On today’s episode, we learn about the history of mass incarceration in Los Angeles and beyond with UCLA history professor Kelly […]
Brother Eugene and compatriot Melissa offer a program of discussion and music that speaks of peace, love, and unity and brings an awareness of uplifting people of all walks of life, including those people who are currently incarcerated and those people who are formerly incarcerated.
On August 21, 2018, the U.S. saw the beginning of an ongoing nationwide prison strike demanding improved conditions for inmates, sentencing reform, and voting rights. On today’s episode, sub host Gil Halsted takes a close look at the strike with guests Amani Sawari, spokesperson for Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, and Ben Turk of the Milwaukee Incarcerated […]