Michelle Lyons has witnessed over 270 executions since she began reporting for The Huntsville Item, the newspaper in the town where Texas’s executions are carried out, at age 22. In this episode, Lyons shares her experience and her opinion on the role of the press in reporting on executions. [CW: This episode contains more detailed descriptions of executions.]
In 1945, Willie McGee, a black man, was convicted of raping a white woman. McGee claimed the sex was consensual, but an all-white jury found him guilty in three minutes, and in 1951, he was put to death in Mississippi’s traveling electric chair. In this episode, McGee’s granddaughter, Bridgette McGee, travels to Mississippi to find out what really happened.
Guards from Louisiana’s Angola Prison and Alabama’s Holman Prison talk about their work on death row and the complicated reality of witnessing an execution in 1993, when the electric chair was the primary method.
Today I discuss the PBC podcast playlist on Stereotypes in Pop Culture with Morgan Jaffe, host of the Burst Your Bubble podcast, an independent podcast that focuses on racism, sexism, homophobia, and other -isms and -phobias in pop culture.
In this episode the TED Radio Hour focuses on stereotypes, asking where do they come from? Why do stereotypes exist and is there any truth to them? And what are the consequences of stereotypes?
Gene Demby talks to Ariell Johnson, Ronald Wimberly, and C. Spike Trotmanthree, three black people who are working to create more space for black readers, characters, and creators in the comics world.
Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer talk with Alan Yang, co-creator and executive producer of Master of None, about the idea of the model minority, being a first generation American, and the lack of diverse characters in media.
Today I discuss the PBC podcast playlist on Passports & Citizenship with Kathy Pulkrabek, co-host of the XX Will Travel podcast, a podcast for independent women travelers.