Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind Bars

Pregnant women in America’s prisons are being shackled to their beds and cells. Others are being sterilized, some say, against their will. Correctional institutions claim the policies are for safety’s sake, and that consent is always obtained. But others see a larger pattern at work.

On this edition, from shackling to sterilization, thousands of incarcerated people are struggling to maintain control over their own reproductive health. 



  • Courtney Hooks, Justice Now! campaign and communications director
  • Tina Reynolds, Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) co-founder and chair
  • Samantha Rogers, California Coalition for Women Prisoners program assistant
  • Karen Shain, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children former policy director
  • Victoria Law, “Resistance Behind Bars” author
  • Kimberly, formerly incarcerated mother
  • Joe Higgins, Rappahannock Regional Jail Superintendent
  • Carolyn Sulfrin, former prison nurse
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Words vs. Bars: How Prison Poets Escape

Locked up for month, years, or decades.  Poetry is form of self-expression that’s become vital to the incarcerated.  In Prison, Poetry can keep you sane, and help you move towards a better future.  To mark National Poetry Month, we bring you a special production by the Prison Poetry Workshop. We go from California’s San Quentin prison, to a group of Alabama prison poets. And we’ll meet a legendary prison poet of the 1960’s who helped spark a literary movement.



Featuring:  Andrew Gazzeny, San Quentin prisoner poet; Etheridge Knight, formerly incarcerated poet; Janice Knight-Mooney, Etheridge’s sister; James Depp, poet and friend of Etheridge; Melba Boyd, former Broadside Press employee; Ira Smith, Guy Carter, AJ Payne, Sarge Daniels, Calvin Green, Staton Correctional Facility poets; Keyes Stevens, Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project facilitator; Dwayne Betts, formerly incarcerated poet

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Who's watching you? Nowadays it seems everyone wants to get their hands on our personal data. From the FBI to the welfare department, to some of the country's biggest retailers. On this edition, we take a closer look at the world of surveillance.



  • Hasan Elahi, artist and Associate Professor at the University of Maryland
  • Charles Duhigg, New York Times journalist and author of “The Power of Habit
  • Jodie Berger, public benefits lawyer
  • John Gilliom, Professor of Political Science at Ohio University
  • Kaaryn Gustafson, welfare lawyer and University of Connecticut teacher 
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The Non-Violent Path of Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez has made it to the big screen. Millions of people are now learning about the legendary farmworker organizer. But where did Chavez get his organizing philosophies?

This week, Paul Ingles and Carol Boss of Peacetalks radio take us down ‘The Non Violent path of Cesar Chavez’, through conversations with Chavez’ colleague and friend Delores Huerta, and Jose Antonio Orozco, author of the book, Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence.

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Sounding the Alarm: Noise Pollution

Noise pollution is a growing problem. Effecting everything from the lives of people living under airplane flight paths, to marine life. On this edition, we’ll hear from people struggling to be heard over the din of our noisy modern life and ask, is there anywhere left in the world you can get some peace and quiet?

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