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341 | Rikers is Deadlier Than Ever

Today’s episode highlights the campaign to close Rikers jail in New York and continues our conversation with Anne Gray Fischer about the intertwined stories of policing, the surveillance of women’s bodies, and the creation of the racialized American ghetto.  Both Sy, an organizer against Rikers, and Gray Fischer, extend the histories of control and racial…

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340 | The Problem is Policing Itself

This week, we reflect on the complex lethality of the white supremacist system in the United States, as it has dealt out death to Black people and others whose lives are devalued within this system. We are responding to the release of the footage earlier this week of Tyre Nichols’ murder by Memphis police, which…

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339 | A Police Murder in the Atlanta Forest

Today, we share the tragic news that police killed Tortuguita, a forest defender in the South River Forest in Atlanta on the morning of Wednesday, January 19th. We have previously covered the movement to protect the Atlanta forest in light of its history as a plantation and prison farm and the future plans to build…

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338 | Sex Work at the Birth of the Ghetto

We are pleased to continue sharing a conversation between Micol Seigel and Anne Gray Fischer. Fischer’s powerful book, The Streets Belong to Us: Sex, Race, and Police Power from Segregation to Gentrification, was published in 2022, and is an account of gender and sexuality’s crucial role in the history and exercise of police power.  In this…

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337 | Policing Womens’ Bodies

We are pleased to share the first part of an interview between Anne Gray Fischer and Micol Siegel.  Fischer’s powerful first book, The Streets Belong to Us: Sex, Race, and Police Power from Segregation to Gentrification, was published earlier in 2022, and is an account of gender and sexuality’s crucial role in the history and exercise of…

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336 | In Memory of Russell Maroon Shoatz

December 17th marked two years since the passing of Russell Maroon Shoatz. He was a founding member of the Black Unity Council, a former member of the Black Panther Party and a soldier in the Black Liberation Army. After twice escaping from prison, and twice being recaptured, Shoatz was held in solitary confinement for more…

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335 |  It was a Normal Day for Us, and He Just Disappeared

This week, we speak again with Isaiah Willoughby. Last time he was on the show, he reflected on being incarcerated due to the 2020 George Floyd Uprising. He was released from prison last March, but he’s now housed once again in SeaTac Federal Detention Center on a parole violation. It took three separate calls to…

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334 | Life After Lockup with Kunta Kenyatta

This week, we feature interviews on Life After Lockup from the Kunta Kenyatta Files.  Kunta Kenyatta uses YouTube to speak to a range of people in Cleveland, Ohio, often featuring videos shot from the 107 Club, a half-way house and neighborhood hub.  He speaks with neighbors, former prisoners, and others, amplifying important voices and preserving memory…

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333 | Care Not Cages

We turn our focus this week to a local struggle. Here in Bloomington Indiana, Monroe County Government is quickly moving forward with a proposal for a new $60+ million dollar jail to replace and expand the downtown jail. With little input from community members, consultants hired by the county have recommended jail expansion, and the…

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332 | Simply an Incarcerated Person Fighting to be Free

We start out with news about the recent execution of Kevin Johnson in Missouri, and a call to strike from Pennslyvania prisoners. Afterwards, we share an interview conducted by James Kilgore, who spoke with Albert Woodfox and Robert King of the Angola 3. After that, we will feature part of Kilgore’s interview with Sekou Kambui,…

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