As gates slam, prisoners yell, and loudspeakers blare, Inmate No. 04A0823 gives listeners an inside look at the world of prison from his unique perspective as an inmate for the last two decades and a recently named contributing editor for Esquire. By sharing his own personal stories and interviewing leading voices on the outside and inside, John J. Lennon hopes to find the connecting tissue between people in mainstream culture and in the subculture of prison - humanizing who we are and why. It's the closest most listeners will ever get to being inside an American prison.
Farewell For Now
Sing Sing is going on hiatus. John updates us on where he's been transferred and what he has in store for the future.
Ted Conover: Journalism of Empathy
Author / Journalist / Professor TED CONOVER talks about his 2000 award winning book Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing and recounts his experience with the New York State correctional system by becoming a correctional officer for nearly a year.
Reginald Dwayne Betts: A Question of Freedom
John chats with award-winning poet / memoirist / teacher Reginald Dwayne Betts about their shared familiarity with the worlds of journalism and incarceration - as well as their thoughts on restorative justic and a reading from Reginald Dwayne Betts.
Inside Composer: Joseph Wilson
Opera composer-inmate JOSEPH WILSON tells how the Carnegie Hall Music Program inside Sing Sing sparked his love of classical music. He shares about being sexually abused as a child - the events that led him to incarceration - and his ongoing musical collaboration with his sister.
David Jassy: From Sweden to San Quentin
Veteran musician / producer / EAR HUSTLE contributor DAVID JASSY talks about being released from prison during a pandemic - the difference between Swedish and American prisons - and developing the Y.O.P. Mixtape Program inside San Quentin State Prison.
Inside Voices: George Floyd, Black Lives Matter & Quarantine in Prison
John J Lennon invites the voices of three men currently serving sentences inside Sing Sing: Self - Reginald "Arif" Stevens - and Abdul Aleem. They share their thoughts on systemic racism, the circumstances they grew up in, incarceration during the pandemic - and the current social and political climate in the United States.