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Air Date: 07/28/2017

Today we look at the cause and state of our prison system and hear some suggestions on ways to fundamentally reform it

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: @MayaSchenwar: Why Prison Doesn't Work - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 06-08-16

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Life In Prison - Mitchell

Ch. 4: Act 2: The high cost, terrible results and an alternate solution to prison - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 7-10-16

Ch. 5: Song 2:  A Lot of Work to Do - Friendly People

Ch. 6: Act 3: What We Can Learn from German Prisons... - Thom Hartmann - Air Date 08-18-15

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy

Ch. 8: Act 4: PRISON Norway vs. United States - @theyoungturks - Air Date 08-31-16

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie

Ch. 10: Act 5: @DDayen: The True Cost of the Private Prison Industry - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 08-23-16

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Profit - The Mammals

Ch. 12: Act 6: @Shane_Bauer: Trump administration reverses the Obama order to phase out private federal prisons - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-1-17

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Backwards Blues - Adia Victoria

Ch. 14: Act 7: Prisons Phasing Out Visitation For Price-Gouging Video Calls - @theyoungturks - Air Date 05-07-16

Ch. 15: Song 7:  Fight the Power - Public Enemy

Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell Senators to Support the Video Visitation and Inmate Calling in Prisons Act of 2017 via @PrisonPolicy - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8:  Activism - Shihan

Ch. 18: Act 9: The Solution Isn't Kindler, Gentler Prison - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 12-15-15


Ch. 19: Don't argue when someone agrees with you - Alan from Connecticut

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 20: Final comments on the conservative view on gender fluidity and the existence of transgender social contagion

Bonus Voicemail: Ch. 21: In response to a nuanced discussion of transitioning - Erin from Philadelphia, PA

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone



Call your Senators to tell them to support the Video Visitation and Inmate Calling in Prisons Act of 2017

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Massachusetts jail following nationwide trend, ending in-person inmate visits, in move critics call cruel (

Video Calls Are Replacing In-Person Visits at Some Prisons (Smithsonian Magazine)

Senator Tammy Duckworth introduces the Video Visitation and Inmate Calling in Prisons Act of 2017 (

Booker Urges FCC Chairman to Reconsider Decision Not to Protect Inmates Against Exorbitant Calling Charges (

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Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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