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Written Off

Lemonada

Walter Thompson-Hernández speaks with formerly incarcerated young writers whose work will be read over the course of the season by creatives like John Legend, Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Karamo Brown, Jay Ellis, Keke Palmer, Julio Torres, and Jesse Williams. Vulnerable poems and honest stories play out against a tailored soundtrack with original music. From Lemonada Media and Black Bar Mitzvah. The voices of those locked up in the U.S. prison system have been all but written off, but no more. These aren’t voices you’ve missed; they’re voices that haven’t been heard.

Walter Thompson-Hernández speaks with formerly incarcerated young writers whose work will be read over the course of the season by creatives like John Legend, Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Karamo Brown, Jay Ellis, Keke Palmer, Julio Torres, and Jesse Williams. Vulnerable poems and honest stories play out against a tailored soundtrack with original music. From Lemonada Media and Black Bar Mitzvah. The voices of those locked up in the U.S. prison system have been all but written off, but no more. These aren’t voices you’ve missed; they’re voices that haven’t been heard.

Location:

United States

Networks:

Lemonada

Description:

Walter Thompson-Hernández speaks with formerly incarcerated young writers whose work will be read over the course of the season by creatives like John Legend, Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Karamo Brown, Jay Ellis, Keke Palmer, Julio Torres, and Jesse Williams. Vulnerable poems and honest stories play out against a tailored soundtrack with original music. From Lemonada Media and Black Bar Mitzvah. The voices of those locked up in the U.S. prison system have been all but written off, but no more. These aren’t voices you’ve missed; they’re voices that haven’t been heard.

Language:

English


Episodes

Introducing: Ear Hustle

11/10/2021
Visiting a loved one in prison is both emotionally intense and constrained by countless rules — from how much PDA is too much PDA, to what kind of candy you can eat inside. One year after California prison authorities suspended in-person visits due to COVID-19, we bring you stories from and about visiting rooms, and hear how families are adjusting to video “visits.” Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com. As always, thanks...

Duration:00:55:13

Introducing: Life Jolt

11/3/2021
Life Jolt - prison slang for a life sentence - examines the lives of women navigating Canada’s correctional system. The team gained unprecedented access to the Grand Valley Institution prison, the federal pen for women in Ontario, for a full year. They followed women going into prison for the first time, spoke with lifers who have been there for years, and parolees as they left. Hosted by Rosemary Green, a former inmate herself, Life Jolt focuses on individual women’s stories and the...

Duration:00:35:50

Listen to This: Believe Her

10/21/2021
Believe Her is true crime, upside down. In September 2017, young mom Nikki Addimando shot and killed her partner, Chris Grover. She was sentenced to nineteen years to life in prison for murder. Through rare access to police audio, a month-long trial, conversations with Nikki, and original reporting, journalist Justine van der Leun lays out the killing, the evidence, and the aftermath. As this six-part series unfolds, listeners will put together different pieces of a disturbing puzzle. One...

Duration:00:53:52

Collect Call. Kyle Murphy x Jesse Williams

9/29/2021
“Wash It Off.” Written by Kyle Murphy. Performed by Jesse Williams. Kyle chats with his friend (and series executive producer) Aaron Bergman a few weeks ahead of his release about his political activism and fully realizing his literary dreams after a decade inside the system. “Some people might feel like they’ve written me off, but I’ve got news for them - that s*** is incorrect. I got a bright future ahead of me.” - Kyle Murphy Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not be...

Duration:00:49:50

Ultimate Freedom. Ramon Escobar x Angelique Cabral

9/22/2021
“My People.” Written by Ramon Escobar. Performed by Angelique Cabral. Ramon is quick to thank InsideOUT Writers for helping him make the transition from feared gang member to highly-successful business owner who happily employs other IOW alums. “I'm in a different place now where I don't have to hide this other person anymore - it's part of who I've become.” - Ramon Escobar Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not be appropriate for all listeners. To hear a bleeped...

Duration:00:33:31

Inhaling Memories. Frank Jimenez x Danny Ramirez

9/15/2021
“2nd.” Written by Frank Jimenez. Performed by Danny Ramirez. Frank is putting his mentor’s sage advice to good use by prioritizing his and his family’s happiness and working towards leaving his own unique mark on Hollywood. ‘My writings are like little track markers showing me I'm on the right path, even though I might not see it right then and there.’ - Frank Jimenez Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not be appropriate for all listeners. To hear a bleeped version, go...

Duration:00:28:42

Ghetto Royalty. Daniel Bisuano x Julio Torres

9/8/2021
“Second Chances.” Written by Daniel Bisuano. Performed by Julio Torres. Daniel is determined to leave his turbulent past behind by living authentically and pursuing each opportunity that presents itself in his quest to become a screenwriter. “When I started to write, I started to not only unpack all the pain that I had inside, but I started to create new, happy memories and give back to my community.”- Daniel Bisuano. Find Daniel on Twitter at @d_bisuano and on Instagram at @d.bisuano....

Duration:00:32:16

Real Leo. Taylor Lytle x Issa Rae

9/1/2021
“Everybody Knows That Time Will Pass You By.” Written by Taylor Lytle. Performed by Issa Rae. Taylor is all smiles as she owns her pronounced presence in the world and continues exercising her “revolutionary” methods as a criminal justice activist. “Writing is too rewarding to ever think of a life without it.” - Taylor Lytle Find Taylor on Instagram at @shesobeasty. Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not be appropriate for all listeners. To hear a bleeped version, go to...

Duration:00:27:17

Jiggy Stuff. Lionel Tate x LaRoyce Hawkins

8/25/2021
“I’m Still Trying to Find Out.” Written by Lionel Tate. Performed by LaRoyce Hawkins. Lionel embodies healthy living both personally and professionally by honoring his truth on paper and devoting himself to his successful vegan catering company. “I don't feel like I'm in a position where I have to lie to the paper because basically I'm just lying to myself.” - Lionel Tate Find Lionel on Instagram at @takemoney_chef and @tasty_tates. Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not...

Duration:00:31:49

The Unfit. Olivia Carrasco x Dascha Polanco

8/18/2021
“The Unfit.” Written by Olivia Carrasco. Performed by Dascha Polanco. Olivia is getting reaccustomed to her life “on the outs” and finding her voice amongst friends and family at InsideOUT Writers. “Whether you're heard or not, writing is getting out your thoughts without judgment - I find freedom in that.” - Olivia Carrasco Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not be appropriate for all listeners. To hear a bleeped version, go to lemonadamedia.com/shows/writtenoff. Stay...

Duration:00:37:21

Borrowed Time. John Rodriguez x Karamo Brown

8/11/2021
“Time.” Written by John Rodriguez. Performed by Karamo Brown. John is heavily conflicted by the freedom afforded him with an early commutation, leaving him stuck between missing his “family” on the inside and deciphering what’s truly real among folks on the outside. “Writing has the role of regrounding me, being honest with myself and calling myself out a lot - it's like a remolding tool.” - John Rodriguez Find John on Instagram at @steady_writing. Written Off contains mature language and...

Duration:00:37:54

Good Wolf. Dee Davis x Jay Ellis

8/4/2021
“Untitled.” Written by Dee Davis. Performed by Jay Ellis. After losing loved ones to COVID this past year, Dee is now living in Vegas and finding meaning in teaching other writers of similarly troubled backgrounds. “When you write, take the mask off - be you and just write.” - Dee Davis Find Dee on Instagram at @dcddx821. Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not be appropriate for all listeners. To hear a bleeped version, go to lemonadamedia.com/shows/writtenoff. Stay up...

Duration:00:26:10

Woman Anew. Yahniie Bridges x Yvonne Orji

7/28/2021
“Untitled.” Written by Yahniie Bridges. Performed by Yvonne Orji. Even though Yahniie has temporarily left writing and performance behind, she still understands how they’ve each been a saving grace for her, especially after the last few trying years. “Although I don't put pen to paper very often, it's something that I know is in me.” - Yahniie Bridges Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not be appropriate for all listeners. To hear a bleeped version, go to...

Duration:00:31:13

El Artista. Jimmy Valdez x John Legend

7/21/2021
“I Am Great.” Written by Jimmy Valdez. Performed by John Legend. Jimmy is finding his true artistic voice through various creative mediums, from acting and modeling, to launching his Mexican corrido music career under the name El Artista. “Writing is therapy for me. It's also like a guide for me now when I'm trying to accomplish any goals - it’s a map.” - Jimmy Valdez Find Jimmy on Instagram at @itsjimmy-valdez and on TikTok at @_el_artista_. Written Off contains mature language and themes...

Duration:00:28:40

Silent Love. Candice Price x Keke Palmer

7/14/2021
"Silent Love." Written by Candice Price. Performed by Keke Palmer. After years of dwelling in the silence of her survivorship, Candice is spirited and joyful, living in her truth as a proud Black queer woman. “When I started writing, I found the way to heal from my childhood trauma. And I found a different coping skill on how to release my emotion.” - Candice Price Find Candice on Instagram at @tazzyp86 and blkcandice on Snapchat. Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not...

Duration:00:32:14

15 Years. Jimmy Wu x Randall Park

7/14/2021
“Untitled.” Written by Jimmy Wu. Performed by Randall Park. Jimmy runs the organization that saved his life years ago when he was a youth who felt lost in the system: InsideOUT Writers. Today, he’s confronting the pain and effects of his incarceration while still managing to set an example for his IOW family. “If I was never introduced to this outlet through writing, I wouldn’t be here.” - Jimmy Wu Find Jimmy on Instagram at @unapologetically_justjimmywu. Written Off contains mature language...

Duration:00:42:23

Introducing: Written Off

6/28/2021
A 13-part series that shines a light on young writers who found their voice inside the U.S. prison system. Hosted by Walter Thompson-Hernández (California Love, The New York Times) and featuring notable creatives like John Legend, Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Keke Palmer, Julio Torres, and many more reading their work. Premieres July 14. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:03:28