10 episodes

Gray Area tells true stories of people who are dealing with this whole thing we call justice, people who are trying to get beyond labels of right and wrong or good and evil to get to something bigger – redemption.

We make documentaries for your ears.

Gray Area Julie Reynolds Martinez

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Gray Area tells true stories of people who are dealing with this whole thing we call justice, people who are trying to get beyond labels of right and wrong or good and evil to get to something bigger – redemption.

We make documentaries for your ears.

    AFTER LIFE | Episode 5 Heart Strings

    AFTER LIFE | Episode 5 Heart Strings

    Gilbert’s penpal Rebecca flies to California from Texas so they can meet face to face. Even though Gilbert might not come home for years or even decades, a small piece of string in the prison visiting room changes the course of their relationship. But then a phone call to After Life producer Julie Reynolds Martinez […]AFTER LIFE | Episode 5 Heart Strings was first posted on December 5, 2022 at 6:59 am.©2017 "Voices of Monterey Bay". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at julie@voicesofmontereybay.org

    • 27 min
    AFTER LIFE | Episode 4 The Penpal

    AFTER LIFE | Episode 4 The Penpal

    Gilbert’s younger brother Manny, who is also in prison, isn’t doing well. He’s deeply involved in prison gang “politics” and has spent years in the SHU — full-time solitary confinement. It’s taking a severe toll on Manny’s mental health. Saddened but knowing how dangerous isolation can be, Gilbert decides to do something about his own […]AFTER LIFE | Episode 4 The Penpal was first posted on November 30, 2022 at 7:00 am.©2017 "Voices of Monterey Bay". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at julie@voicesofmontereybay.org

    • 22 min
    AFTER LIFE | Episode 3 Career Change

    AFTER LIFE | Episode 3 Career Change

    Gilbert realizes he has a lot to learn when he meets a man who changes his outlook on the world. As he struggles to stay close to his young daughter in prison visiting rooms, he also discovers he has a gift for working with “at-risk” kids. Soon he and a handful of incarcerated men are […]AFTER LIFE | Episode 3 Career Change was first posted on November 28, 2022 at 7:00 am.©2017 "Voices of Monterey Bay". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at julie@voicesofmontereybay.org

    • 23 min
    AFTER LIFE | Episode 2 Doing Life

    AFTER LIFE | Episode 2 Doing Life

    It’s the late 1990s. Although no one was injured in the shoot-out he took part in, Gilbert is sentenced to 24 years to life in prison under California’s strict gang sentencing laws. While he technically has a shot at parole, almost no one with “life” in their sentence goes home, and he expects to die […]AFTER LIFE | Episode 2 Doing Life was first posted on November 23, 2022 at 7:00 am.©2017 "Voices of Monterey Bay". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at julie@voicesofmontereybay.org

    • 18 min
    AFTER LIFE | Episode 1 The Neighborhood

    AFTER LIFE | Episode 1 The Neighborhood

    Meet Gilbert Bao, who was sentenced to life in prison but found a new life after life. In our first episode, Gilbert takes us through his old neighborhoods as we explore the many factors and reasons why a frightened 8-year old from East Los Angeles grows up to become a man facing a life sentence. […]AFTER LIFE | Episode 1 The Neighborhood was first posted on November 21, 2022 at 7:00 am.©2017 "Voices of Monterey Bay". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at julie@voicesofmontereybay.org

    • 34 min
    AFTER LIFE | Episode 0 Trailer

    AFTER LIFE | Episode 0 Trailer

    Four years in the making, our 10-part audio documentary launches November 21, 2022. This entire season focuses on the story of Gilbert Bao. While serving a life sentence, Gilbert helped lead a group of incarcerated men who have revolutionized the way we approach rehabilitation in California prisons. You may remember him from Season One, Episode Five: A […]AFTER LIFE | Episode 0 Trailer was first posted on November 19, 2022 at 11:11 am.©2017 "Voices of Monterey Bay". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at julie@voicesofmontereybay.org

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Nellabella777!! ,

GRAY AREA

I enjoy this podcast so much. And I can’t wait to hear what happens to him once he gets out of prison. I imagine it would be surreal to all of a sudden be exposed to Smart phones, social media, UBER. All these weird modern conveniences that have slowly taken over our lives: picking up our groceries or having food delivered to the door. And of course the emotional impact of suddenly being able to see one’s family and having agency over ones choices. Even something small, such as what you get to wear or when you go to bed. The little things that we take for granted. Fresh vegetables, how often we shower. I could go on and on. And yet I would never understand what he’s been through. At least I have somebody to tell me the story to help me understand as much as I am able to.
I can’t wait for the next episode. I have listened to many podcasts and I can say, without a doubt, this one is done with extreme compassion, excellent production and top-notch journalism.

metalartista ,

Gray Area

I love the rythm of this podcast. No preaching yet the education is profound. Well thought out.

Chuck Justice ,

Always interesting personal stories

Every episode is interesting, kudos to Ms. Reynolds for making a well produced and compelling podcast!

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