Excerpt: "For the first time in history, more than one in every 100 American adults is behind bars. For black men between the ages of 20 and 34, that figure is one in nine. Our incarceration rate dwarfs that of every other nation, but our overall crime rate is average for Western countries."
Program: Talking History
This is a haunting profile of the troubled city of Juarez, Mexico - just across the U.S. border. Done by the great Scott Carrier, Salt Lake City resident and long time This American Life contributor. There is no better voice in Public Radio than Carrier's. That is unless you count the cowboy in this story.
Heard about this from http://pessimistclub.blogspot.com/
Awarding-winning doc. $10 a month flop house on the Bowery - one of the last - profiled on All Things Considered by Story Corps Founder David Isay.
Playtime: 22 minutes 30 seconds
Date: September, 1998
Her "spiky red hair" - done by Thailand's top hair dresser - protects her. She says the Thai police hate her after she took them on in some high profile cases - even implicating the police themselves in some cases.
Playtime: 22 minutes 34 seconds
Date: June, 2009
Just came across this BBC doc from February that shines a light on a issue that is not often taken seriously.
"Since it's difficult to accept the the idea of male victims, those suffering from domestic abuse can find themselves wrongly accused as the abuser."
Doc features a male victim who was arrested 23 times in one year.
About the U.S. Government policy prosecuting terrorist before they strike or... punishing people before they are guilty er... stopping the gonna-be-guilty while they are still innocent... talking people into doing bad things then arresting them for considering doing them. Let's call it "entrapment."
But seriously, the subject of this story is hard to feel sorry for.
In the wake of a big Chino, California prison riot, NPR goes to Folsom Prison. Once a model for prisons around the country, Folsom has degenerated into a "pressure cooker" that does nothing but prepare prisoners for more crime. The prison population has exploded in recent years and there is not enough money.
Now, a federal court has ordered California to cut the prison population by 25%. They also look to cut $1.2 billion from the corrections budget.
UPDATED February 2010.
A deeply engaging and disturbing feature on "survivors" – individuals who have survived solitary confinement in American prisons.
Photo by Terry Foss, from claireschoenmedia.com
Claire Schoen did a shorter version of this piece for Day to Day (a show NPR canceled earlier this year). It has 9 former prisoners describing their experiences with solitary confinement. Listen here.
Producer: Claire Schoen
Playtime: 28 minutes 58 seconds
From the website:
"After an historic, generation-long prison expansion, American prisons are now releasing more than 600,000 inmates each year. The punishment doesn't end at the prison gates. On the outside, ex-prisoners face tattered connections to family and more closed doors. They also pose a challenge for the places they go home to"
Hearing Voices piece hosted by Scott Carrier. With perhaps one of the most captivating voices ever put to tape -- Writer Charles Bowden reads his haunting prose in his haunting voice with haunting Neil Young music in the background.
To find what remains of the gritty New York, NPR takes the Ikea ferry to Red Hook? Maybe they can find one of those gritty French fusion restaurants that make their own cheese - Chez Gritte?
Kidding aside, a cool story about the history of Red Hook, Brooklyn -- and a broad look at the direction of present Brooklyn.
A revealing and upsetting interview with a woman who has been stalked by one man for fifteen years. The story, which includes aggression and threat, starts in June 1994, and continues up to today.
- Audio Documentary London Bureau
Playtime: 18 minutes 30 seconds
An extraordinary series of interview about men who've volunteered for chemical castration. In one possibly upsetting interview, a sex offender discusses how he chose it, and life now. Also, a man who was not a sex offender but physically castrated himself to reduce his testosterone fuelled aggression.
– Audio Documentary London Bureau
Playtime: 52 minutes 12 seconds
The age old story – young versus old. An up-front and considerate look at teens and the elderly not quite getting along in South London.
From Reprezent's Radio Peckham's youth radio project.
Audio Documentary Europe
Playtime: 19 minutes 33 seconds
A girl of Mexican origin in New Zealand is less than impressed with BPs public relations efforts, and phones up Mikey Havoc on Auckland radio station 95 bFM to find out more.
Audio Documentary Europe
Playtime: 7 minutes 11 seconds
Date: August, 2010
Sending a radio producer out with the cops for a night may be a trope, but with good reason. In Night Visions, BBC Radio 4 sent a poet out with London's police helicopter for a night. Police, helicopters, London – the result is a delicious contrast with the TV broadcasts of the London riots last summer.
Playtime: 29 minutes
Audiodocumentary.org curator, contributor, co-editor Rich Halten has won an Edward R. Murrow award for his haunting documentary Splash (renamed for broadcast). This proves that Rich is just as talented at producing radio as he is at finding great stuff to share on AD. Congrats Rich!