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Written Inside

Chicago Public Media


Location:

United States

Twitter:

@wbez

Language:

English

Contact:

312-893-8585


Episodes

Written Inside: A Visit From An Outsider

4/13/2017
He noticed something moving in the back of the cell. In this final episode, inmate James Trent describes an encounter that he'll never forget. Plus: An interview with the co-creators of Written Inside, Alex Kotlowitz and Jennifer Lackey. Created by journalist Alex Kotlowitz and produced by WBEZ Chicago's Colin McNulty.

Duration:00:16:42

Written Inside: What Isn't Here

4/11/2017
No privacy. No space. No quiet. No furniture. In this episode, inmate William Jones describes his prison cell, which is notable for what is not there rather than what is. Created by journalist Alex Kotlowitz and produced by WBEZ Chicago's Colin McNulty.

Duration:00:07:40

Written Inside: A Place Kept Clean

4/6/2017
Ramon Delgado rises before dawn to thoroughly scrub his cell each morning. In this episode, an inmate describes his obsessive cleaning routine in a space caked with dust and dirt. Created by journalist Alex Kotlowitz and produced by WBEZ Chicago's Colin McNulty.

Duration:00:07:28

Written Inside: A Friend

4/4/2017
In prison, it's important not to allow anyone to get close to you, especially a cellmate. But this cellmate is different. In this episode, inmate Michael Carlos describes his improbable friendship with a cardboard pianist. Created by journalist Alex Kotlowitz and produced by WBEZ Chicago's Colin McNulty.

Duration:00:10:12

Written Inside: I Am A Recluse

3/30/2017
Being a recluse, especially in prison, does simplify things. In this episode, inmate Marcos Gray considers the consequences of isolating himself from other prisoners...and from his family back home. Created by journalist Alex Kotlowitz and produced by WBEZ Chicago's Colin McNulty.

Duration:00:08:46

Written Inside: On The Move... Again

3/28/2017
Pack your stuff. You’re moving. Howard Keller Jr. has been transferred over two dozen times to different prison cells. In this episode, Howard describes the anxiety he experienced before meeting his 37 cellmate. Created by journalist Alex Kotlowitz and produced by WBEZ Chicago's Colin McNulty.

Duration:00:08:25

Written Inside: At War With The Roaches

3/23/2017
These roaches don’t run when the light turns on. In the second episode, inmate Oscar “Smiley” Parham describes the reason he started a two-month war with super vermin in his prison cell. Created by journalist Alex Kotlowitz and produced by WBEZ Chicago's Colin McNulty.

Duration:00:13:12

Written Inside: A Silent Piano

3/21/2017
How do you learn to play piano without a piano? In this first episode, inmate Demetrius Cunningham explains how he taught himself to play piano with a makeshift keyboard fashioned from something he found in prison. Created by journalist Alex Kotlowitz and produced by WBEZ Chicago's Colin McNulty.

Duration:00:09:54

Preview Of WBEZ's Written Inside: Stories About Prison Cells

3/15/2017
Written Inside is a podcast about life inside a maximum-security prison cell. Adapted from essays written at Stateville Correctional Center near Chicago, these intimate stories speak to the everyday experience of being incarcerated. Each inmate’s story is voiced by a Chicago actor. Created by journalist Alex Kotlowitz and produced by WBEZ Chicago's Colin McNulty.

Duration:00:03:54