#990 Prisoners for profit (Prison-Industrial Complex)

Air date: 2-12-16

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Today we look at the intersection of market capitalism and our prison system where the private prison industry makes billions and lobbies for ever harsher punishments to continually grow our prison population

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Private prisons: How US corporations make money out of locking you up - @Truthloader - Air Date: 11-07-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Maelstrom - Jim Guthrie

00:10:43 Ch. 4: Act 2: What the Prison Industrial Complex can do for YOU! - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 08-19-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A

00:12:20 Ch. 6: Act 3: Who bears the cost of incarceration? - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 9-19-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Wrong Way - Jahzzar

00:20:22 Ch. 8: Act 4: The Drug War Has to End: David Simon on "The Wire" & Over-Policing of the Poor - @democracynow - Air Date: 08-26-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Keep Them Down - The Young Sinclairs

00:35:51 Ch. 10: Act 5: Prison Phone Rates - We the Podcast w/ @keithellison - Air Date 1-29-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Everything is everything - Lauryn Hill


00:46:34 Ch. 12: Act 6: Bernie Sanders: Abolish Private Prisons - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-21-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Dart - Stray Dogg

00:55:24 Ch. 14: Act 6: Justice is not For Sale Act to #EndPrivatePrisons via @SenSanders & @RepRaulGrijalva - Best of the Left Activism


00:58:57 Ch. 15: Many from the past would not want to live in our society - Will from Mississippi

01:00:11 Ch. 16: Wade's response to Kate re: extreme inequality - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

01:03:38 Ch. 17: The problem with programs that divide us - Chris from Littleton, CO

01:05:11 Ch. 18: In poverty and unable to invest - Heather from Tampa, FL

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

01:07:23 Ch. 19: Final comments on trans health, poverty and financial literacy

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

Activism: Justice is not For Sale Act to #EndPrivatePrisons via @SenSanders & @RepRaulGrijalva

Take Action:

Use ContactingTheCongress.org to tell your legislators to support the “Justice is Not For Sale Act of 2015” in the House and Senate

Sources/further reading:

"The For-Profit Sadism of ‘Incarceration, Inc.’ — An article in The Nation thirty years ago was an early warning about the growth of the prison-industrial complex.” via The Nation

"The Democratic Presidential Candidates Would End Private Prison Contracts” via The Nation

"Programs Not Profits" — In the Public Interest

"Private Prison Firms Buy Access to Public Officials at Lavish Industry Conferences” via Truthout

"Bernie Sanders Unveils Ambitious Plan To End Private Prisons” via ThinkProgress

Racial Justice: Legal Violence/Private Prisons via Bernie Sanders presidential campaign

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • commented 2016-03-07 16:43:04 -0500
    looks like this podcast has become the wade show :( it’s tired already.. maybe time for some other callers…?