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Beyond Prisons

Beyond Prisons

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Beyond Prisons is a podcast on justice, mass incarceration, and prison abolition. Hosted by @phillyprof03 & @bsonenstein
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Abolition Is A Horizon feat. Sarah K. Tyson

1:11:37 | May 7th

CONTENT WARNING: SEXUAL VIOLENCE, CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE Sarah K. Tyson joins Beyond Prisons for a conversation about her work as a philosopher, anti-violence advocate, and prison educator. We explore the contradiction between anti-violence work and its ...Show More
Voting Rights feat. Maya Schenwar

1:13:34 | May 2nd

Maya Schenwar returns to Beyond Prisons to discuss voting rights, the current political landscape, and her forthcoming book. Maya is the Editor-in-Chief of Truthout. She is also the author of "Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How ...Show More
Native Feminisms feat. Dr. Kimberly Robertson

1:23:09 | Apr 19th

Kim Wilson interviews Dr. Kimberly Robertson on her work on Native feminisms and practices, use of beadwork and zine making to generate knowledge, and the uncompensated emotional labor of Black and women of color in the academy and liberatory work. K...Show More
Message from Liberation Through Reading

01:42 | Apr 11th

The following is a quick message delivered on behalf of our friends at Liberation Through Reading. They have an event coming up in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, April 13th at the A-Space (4722 Baltimore Avenue) from 12PM-4PM, gifting Black children w...Show More
Political Education feat. Rachel Herzing

56:20 | Apr 3rd

Rachel Herzing joins Beyond Prisons for a conversation on political education, transformation, and more. Rachel is the co-director of Center for Political Education, a resource for political organizations on the left, progressive social movements, th...Show More
Knitting In Prison (feat. Taylar Nuevelle)

1:07:15 | Mar 22nd

Taylar Nuevelle joins the Beyond Prisons podcast to talk about her experiences knitting while incarcerated. In particular, we talk about her love of knitting, the space it created for her in prison, as well as how it was used to punish her. Ms. Nueve...Show More
PA DOC Targets Educators & Volunteers (feat. Connie Grier)

1:03:52 | Mar 4th

Connie Grier joins Beyond Prisons to discuss a new policy in Pennsylvania prisons targeting materials brought in by educators, religious practitioners, recreational and therapeutic facilitators, and others. Connie is a mother of twin sons, a career e...Show More
Transformative Justice & Pod Mapping

57:09 | Jan 18th

In the first episode of 2019, hosts Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein begin a conversation on transformative justice by discussing the concept of “Pods” and the process of “Pod-mapping.” These exercises involve developing skills and identifying relatio...Show More
Jail Free NYC feat. Nabil Hassein

1:03:09 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Nabil Hassein joins the Beyond Prisons podcast to give an update on the campaign to close Rikers Island and the fight to oppose new jail construction in New York City. Nabil is a technologist, organizer and educator based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. ...Show More
Prison Reporting

55:17 | Nov 8th, 2018

Kim and Brian share their thoughts and best practices for journalists looking to improve their reporting on incarceration and related issues. Even if you’re not a journalist, we think this is a conversation you should be in on because it may help you...Show More
Kempis "Ghani" Songster (Part 2)

27:48 | Oct 11th, 2018

Kim Wilson speaks with formerly incarcerated activist Kempis “Ghani” Songster about the black liberation group MOVE in the second part of episode 29. (Listen to Part 1 here). MOVE's Philadelphia home was bombed by a police helicopter in 1985. The at...Show More
Kempis "Ghani" Songster

1:13:59 | Oct 4th, 2018

Kim Wilson interviews formerly incarcerated activist Kempis "Ghani" Songster in part one of Beyond Prisons episode 29. In 1987, at the age of 15, Ghani was imprisoned for homicide.  Despite his age, he was certified as an adult, convicted of first de...Show More
Prison Strike 2018

1:18:17 | Sep 18th, 2018

Jared Ware joins episode 28 of Beyond Prisons to discuss this year's prison strike. Recorded in the midst of the strike on August 30, co-hosts Brian Sonenstein and Kim Wilson have a conversation with Ware about the strike's progress, as well as the c...Show More
Sean Damon

53:35 | Aug 7th, 2018

Activist and paralegal Sean Damon joins episode 27 of Beyond Prisons. Sean is a legal worker and organizer with twenty years of experience in union, community and social movement organizing. He works for Amistad Law Project, a West Philadelphia-based...Show More
John Gillespie Jr. (aka swim.)

50:04 | Jul 20th, 2018

TRIGGER WARNING: Content includes discussion of suicide. John Gillespie Jr. (aka swim.) is an incoming PhD student in UC Irvine’s Comparative Literature program, a poet and a recording artist hailing from Newark, Delaware currently based in Orange Co...Show More
Fight Toxic Prisons

28:44 | Jun 7th, 2018

Panagioti Tsolkas, an organizer with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons, joins the Beyond Prisons podcast for a discussion of prison ecology and the intersection between the criminal legal system and the environment. We talk about how his organizati...Show More
Bret Grote of Abolitionist Law Center

1:08:24 | May 11th, 2018

Bret Grote, legal director for the Abolitionist Law Center, joins the Beyond Prisons podcast to tell us about his organization's work and what an abolitionist approach looks like for lawyers. The conversation touches on the impact the Abolitionist La...Show More
Prison Publications feat. Victoria Law

58:41 | Apr 5th, 2018

Victoria Law returns to the Beyond Prisons podcast to talk about prison publications and curating art and writing by incarcerated people. Victoria tells us about the zine she's organized for nearly 16 years, Tenacious, which is a DIY publication feat...Show More
Pen Pals (Part 2)

1:00:01 | Mar 21st, 2018

In a special two-part episode of Beyond Prisons, we discuss communicating with incarcerated people and interview pen pal and activist Ciara Kay. Ciara Kay joins us in Part 2 to tell us about how she got involved with pen palling and her experience co...Show More
Pen Pals (Part 1)

30:15 | Mar 21st, 2018

In a special two-part episode of Beyond Prisons, we discuss communicating with incarcerated people and interview pen pal and activist Ciara Kay. In Part 1, we talk about forming relationships with people on the inside through email, phone, or snail m...Show More
The Year of Du Bois feat. Dr. Tony Monteiro

46:51 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Today is the 150th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’s birth. To mark this occasion, I interviewed Du Bois scholar, Dr. Tony Monteiro. In this conversation, Dr. Monteiro talks about the year long project he and his colleagues launched in Philadelphia inc...Show More
Operation PUSH Continues Fight Against Prison Slavery

55:28 | Feb 5th, 2018

Hosts Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein discuss Operation PUSH: a nonviolent prison labor strike and boycott in Florida that began on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Brian talks about what he's learned from reporting on the action and the intense retaliat...Show More
Hope Is A Discipline feat. Mariame Kaba

54:31 | Jan 5th, 2018

In Episode 19 of Beyond Prisons, hosts Brian Sonenstein and Kim Wilson catch up with activist, writer, and educator Mariame Kaba. Mariame shares her experiences advocating on behalf of Bresha Meadows, a teenage girl who killed her abusive father and...Show More
The End Of Policing feat. Alex Vitale

46:40 | Dec 12th, 2017

Professor Alex S. Vitale joins the Beyond Prisons podcast to discuss his book, "The End Of Policing," which provides a historical analysis of law enforcement and police reform in the United States and argues for alternatives. Vitale tells us about ho...Show More
Prison Workshops feat. Dr. Breea Willingham

1:08:08 | Nov 30th, 2017

Dr. Breea Willingham joins the Beyond Prisons podcast to discuss her prison research, her writing workshops with incarcerated women, and her experiences as someone with family directly impacted by the system. Dr. Willingham talks about how her experi...Show More
Racial Violence Syllabus feat. Dr. Walter Greason

32:45 | Nov 17th, 2017

Dr. Walter Greason joins the podcast to discuss his Racial Violence Syllabus, which attracted worldwide attention following the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Greason's syllabus was translated into seven languages and reach...Show More
Hip Hop Scholarship feat. Devyn Springer (Part 2)

46:30 | Nov 9th, 2017

Artist, writer, and organizer Devyn Springer joins the Beyond Prisons podcast for a special two-part episode. In part two, Devyn speaks with hosts Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein about hip hop scholarship and pedagogy as liberatory approaches to educ...Show More
Mental Health And The Community feat. Devyn Springer (Part 1)

40:17 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Artist, writer, and organizer Devyn Springer joins the Beyond Prisons podcast for a special two-part episode. In part one, Devyn speaks with hosts Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein about his work with mental health response networks in Atlanta. Through...Show More
The Crisis At McCormick Correctional Institution

0:00 | Oct 30th, 2017

Journalist Jared Ware interviewed people incarcerated at McCormick Correctional Institution in South Carolina regarding the ongoing crisis there for a special edition of Beyond Prisons. McCormick has been on lockdown for weeks. At the end of Septembe...Show More
Incarcerated Women Resist feat. Victoria Law

1:03:26 | Sep 14th, 2017

Journalist Victoria Law joins the Beyond Prisons podcast to discuss her work with imprisoned women and her book, "Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women."
Jailhouse Lawyers Speak

24:18 | Aug 10th, 2017

Beyond Prisons is on a brief hiatus until the end of August, when we'll return with a great episode featuring journalist Victoria Law. But before we go, we wanted to share our conversation with members of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak ahead of the historic...Show More
Demanding Human Rights At Vaughn feat. Emily Abendroth

50:19 | Jul 21st, 2017

On episode 10 of Beyond Prisons, we talk about Thomas Gordon, who is incarcerated at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, a state prison in Delaware. Vaughn was the site of what has been called the Vaughn Rebellion, an uprising last February in respo...Show More
Captive Nation feat. Dan Berger

1:18:14 | Jun 29th, 2017

Dan Berger joins Brian Sonenstein and Kim Wilson for episode 9 of Beyond Prisons to discuss his book, "Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era." We begin the conversation by looking at whose voices are heard in conversations o...Show More
Prison Labor feat. Jared Ware

1:19:09 | Jun 16th, 2017

In episode 8 of Beyond Prisons, we have a wide-ranging conversation on the subjects of prison labor and slavery. First, we hear more from Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun, an incarcerated member of the Free Alabama Movement, and a member of Jailhouse Lawyers Sp...Show More
Millions For Prisoners Human Rights March feat. Krystal Rountree

40:35 | Jun 14th, 2017

In episode 7 of Beyond Prisons, Brian and Kim are joined by Krystal Rountree, founder of iamWE and national organizer of the upcoming Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on August 19 in Washington, D.C. Krystal discusses the hard work being don...Show More
Mothering Under Surveillance feat. Maya Schenwar

1:05:14 | Jun 3rd, 2017

In episode 6 of Beyond Prisons, Brian Sonenstein and Kim Wilson speak with Maya Schenwar about her book, "Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better."  Maya discusses her experience living a "dual reality" as a journali...Show More
Shut Down Rikers Island feat. Akeem Browder

1:09:59 | May 11th, 2017

Brian Sonenstein and Kim Wilson speak with Akeem Browder, founder of the campaign to Shut Down Rikers Island and the Kalief Browder Foundation. Akeem’s brother, Kalief, died by suicide in 2015 after spending three years at the notorious jail complex....Show More
Abolition By Any Means Necessary feat. Five Mualimm-ak

1:21:36 | May 5th, 2017

In this candid and personal interview, Brian Sonenstein and Kim Wilson speak with Five Mualimm-ak about his life, reintegration, and why he's fighting to abolish prisons by any means necessary. In the late 1990s, Five was a community leader and succe...Show More
Are Prisons Obsolete? (YES!)

1:07:59 | Apr 27th, 2017

Do we need prisons? This week, Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein discuss Angela Davis' book, "Are Prisons Obsolete?" The book is an excellent starting point for people who are new to prison abolition and for anyone who wants to better understand the pr...Show More
Radical scholars and prison abolition feat. Dr. Anthony Monteiro

1:07:34 | Apr 17th, 2017

Kim and Brian talk with Dr. Anthony Monteiro, who is a long-time prison abolitionist, activist, scholar, and one of the foremost authorities on the scholarship and life of W.E. B. Du Bois. We discuss Dr. Monteiro 's work as a prison abolitionist, the...Show More
Demanding A Broader Vision For Prison Reform

1:03:32 | Apr 9th, 2017

Welcome to Beyond Prisons: a new podcast examining incarceration in America through an abolitionist lens.  In our first episode, hosts Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein introduce the idea behind the podcast, dissect and critique the current conversatio...Show More