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MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, SHINE A LIGHT ON ME: PRISON MUSIC FROM ANGOLA, LOUISIANA & BEYOND  

After four lawyers fail to get an innocent man out of prison, his friend takes on the case himself. He becomes a do-it-yourself investigator. He learns to read court records, he tracks down hard-to-find witnesses, he gets the real murderer to come forward with his story. In the end, he's able to accomplish all sorts of things the police and the professionals can't.  

Hear this episode of This American Life Friday night at 7:00 pm, and repeating Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

We devote this entire episode to one story: Over the course of six months, reporter and This American Life contributor Jack Hitt followed a group of inmates at a high-security prison as they rehearsed and staged a production of the last act—Act V—of Hamlet.  

Listen to This American Life every Friday night at 7:00 pm, and repeating Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91.

A Musical View from Inside San Quentin

Dec 26, 2015
Audrey Auld

Every inmate inside San Quentin prison has at least one story to tell. Some of them were melded into music by the late Audrey Auld. The North Bay singer-songwriter talks about that process on today’s archival North Bay Report from last June.

Mixed in with the regrets, longing, anger and remorse shared by the inmates in her writing sessions, Auld also found the ingredients for a love song of sorts—one that she says is the essence of mixed emotions.

Prison Privatizing Spurs Protests

Jun 15, 2015
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  Turning California prisons over to private operat0rs is bad enough, but giving them an additional tax break is going too far, say some fiscal watchdogs. Suzanne Potter has more.

John Brown’s Body at San Quentin

Jan 16, 2015

  For nine San Quentin inmates, acting in a unique staging of John Brown’s Body was an improbable yet life-changing experience. And thanks to their letters to the man who directed that show, their stories now form the basis of an equally unique documentary film.

 

  There will be a free showing of the film, John Brown’s Body at San Quentin, tomorrow night at Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa, at 7 pm, with director Joe DeFrancesco on hand to talk about it. You can watch a short preview of the film below.

The Case for Abolishing Prisons

Mar 7, 2014

 It’s hard to imagine a society without prisons —especially in contemporary California -- but that’s exactly what Steve Martinot has been doing. He’s the author of a short book titled “The Need to Abolish the Prison System: An Ethical Indictment” that makes a case for such a change. Bruce Robinson talked with him to understand his reasoning.

Number of Incarcerated Mothers Growing

Dec 5, 2013

  The number of mothers in the nation's prisons has been increasing rapidly, with traumatic effects rippling through a new generation of their children. Lori Abbot has more.

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The plan involves transferring inmates to other facilities both inside and outside the state.

ALSO: Governor's Prison Overcrowding Plan Runs Into Resistance

Hunger Strike Protests Solitary Confinement

Jul 17, 2013

For the second time in three years, California State Prison inmates are staging a widespread hunger strike. And the core issue remains the same—too many men in solitary confinement for too long.