In the criminal justice system, the stakes of memory can be dangerously high. A faulty memory can put the wrong person in jail and leave the real criminal free. Host Terence Mickey explores what happens when faulty memories land in a courtroom.
Today I discuss the PBC podcast playlist on the Death Penalty with Galen Beebe, a writer and editor at the Bello Collective, a publisher of podcast criticism, playlists, and interviews; and co-founder of Etc. Gallery, a home for web-, print-, and experience-based narrative experiments. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Full Stop, and elsewhere.
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.