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Gray Area tells the 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. Gray Area deals with some pretty heavy stuff, but it also lightens up when you least expect it.

True stories about justice.

Gray Area Julie Reynolds Martinez

    • Personal Journals
    • 5.0, 15 Ratings

Gray Area tells the 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. Gray Area deals with some pretty heavy stuff, but it also lightens up when you least expect it.

True stories about justice.

    Episode 06: Unless death wants to fight

    Episode 06: Unless death wants to fight

    This season, our stories have centered mostly around criminal justice — people caught up in violence, courts and prison.
    But in Episode Six, we explore how the law intersects with what can be the most intimate and difficult decision a person ever makes — if they get the chance: choosing how to die.
    Death is likely the most difficult thing we will all face sooner or later. But mourning the death of a loved one can be harder still when they’ve decided to die.  And then… there’s coming to terms with the fact that you supported this choice.
    And this concludes Season One! Thanks to everyone who’s listened and shared their stories and reviews.
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    Until season 2, stay GRAY out there!



    Episode 06: Unless Death Wants To Fight
    https://episodes.castos.com/A-show-about-justice-and-redemption/Episode06-UnlessDeathWantsToFight.mp3


    SHOW NOTES | 

    LINKS |
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Canadian Government page on Medical Assistance in Dying
    Canada’s Supreme Court Ruling
    A Good Day to Die, by Kathryn McKenzie

    GUESTS |
    Valli Barrioz
    Bill Monning
    Glenn Church
    Kathy McKenzie

    PRODUCERS |
    Julie Reynolds Martínez and Mara Reynolds
    FEATURED MUSIC |
    Blue Dot Sessions  | Elmore Heights | Allston Night Owl
    Lobo Loco | Just A Moment 
    Meydan | Tired of Life
    Lobo Loco | Adored
    Meydan | Contemplate the Stars
    David Hilowitz | Time Passing
    Ketsa | better offers | blue violets
    Thank you, Free Music Archive! 



    Arlene O’Bryan | Provided photo



    Arlene in a tree | Provided photo




    Warren Church | Provided photo




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    Photo | Mara Reynolds @aflowerforallreasons


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    • 44 min
    Episode 05: A Gray Winter’s Tale

    Episode 05: A Gray Winter’s Tale

    Welcome to Gray Area’s  special year-end episode. As the days reach their shortest and coldest extremes here in the northern hemisphere, humans of every culture find reasons to come together and celebrate holidays, traditions, and community. So for this episode, we reached out to three people who’ve been separated from their communities, whether by their own actions, by force or by happenstance. We asked them what they do to reclaim and redefine the spirit of community in the face of imprisonment, disaster, racism or displacement.
    Listen as they share their ideas for making your ‘white Christmas’ just a little more gray.



    Episode 05: A Gray Winter's Talehttps://episodes.castos.com/A-show-about-justice-and-redemption/Episode-05-GrayWintersTale.mp3

    SHOW NOTES |  
    GUESTS |
    Gilbert Bao
    Claudia Meléndez Salinas
    David Little
    PRODUCERS | Julie Reynolds Martínez and Mara Reynolds
    The Camp Fire | David Little
    Above is the photo David Little took with a cell phone the morning of Nov 8.
    Here’s the full poem (click the button to change from English to Spanish) by Claudia Meléndez Salinas.
    And here’s a link to a story by Gilbert Bao about making prison tamales, as well as the actual recipe and techniques! (BONUS: Learn how to make a prison “stinger.”)
    FEATURED MUSIC |
    Ketsa | Day Before Tomorrow | night fall
    Monplaisir | Brotherhood
    Doctor Turtle | Always the Teasmade Never the Tease | Stuff Will Never Love You Back
    Blue Dot Session | Copley Beat
    Lobo Loco | Catch The Killer (ID 820)
    John Batmann | Tupac Lives
    Thank you, Free Music Archive!
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    • 30 min
    Episode 04: Lou

    Episode 04: Lou

    “Don’t tie my shoe, mother f***er!”

    Lou Hammonds started out like lots of kids — playing Little League with neighbors and classmates, getting good grades and attending summer school, just because he wanted to.
    But by the time he was a teenager, Lou was pursuing a career as a criminal. He built a life around trying to become the “worst of the worst.” His goal was to keep up with other young men who had committed multiple homicides.
    The law caught up with him, of course, and he wound up with a life sentence in a supermax prison.
    That’s not the end of Lou’s story, though. Something unexpected happened inside that remote prison’s walls that made Lou change — for good.


    SHOW NOTES | 

    FEATURED MUSIC:
    Audiobinger | Bottom Feeders, My Downfall, Stress
    Blue Dot Sessions | Gusty Hollow
    Ketsa | Mindset, Good Evening Melancholy
    Komiku | The Wind
    Ryan Little | West Coast
    Thanks to the Free Music Archive













    | Art by Avalon Reynolds

















    Episode 04: Louhttps://episodes.castos.com/A-show-about-justice-and-redemption/LOUjuly11A.mp3

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    • 51 min
    Episode 03: Reynaldo in Yaqui Land

    Episode 03: Reynaldo in Yaqui Land

    Gray Area Episode 03: Reynaldo in Yaqui Land
    How can two brothers turn out so utterly different? Born 15 years apart to different fathers, Roy and Reynaldo found very different paths as they grew up. By the time he reached adulthood, Reynaldo decided he’d had enough of his brother’s criminal antics. After Roy died in prison, it took Reynaldo years before he was ready to try to make sense of the life his brother led — in fact, it took a dream.
    What we learned on this journey was more than just the shocking truth about Roy —  we would uncover a connection to legendary criminals and folk heroes.  We’d also dig deeply into the indigenous struggles of North America.
    Roy Miranda
    Reynaldo’s brother, RoyLike many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, Reynaldo assumed his family’s ties to their indigenous roots were severed centuries ago. But as we discovered, that rupture was not so far in the past. The trauma and scars remain alive in the present — from massacres and enslavement to lynchings, extermination and displacement.
    For Reynaldo what started as a search for insight about his brother turned into a journey that spanned cultures, nations and centuries — a journey of discovery about the ongoing struggle for a sense of place and self in the American West.
    This is the story of Reynaldo in Yaqui Land.



    https://episodes.seriouslysimplepodcasting.com/A-show-about-justice-and-redemption/Episode03Reynaldo.mp3











    Cemetery in Guadalupe, Arizona | Reynaldo Barrioz













    SHOW NOTES |
    Special thanks to Claudia Meléndez, Valli Barrioz, and Victor Almazán for editing help.












    Joaquin Murrieta














    JOAQUIN MURRIETA
    The recording of the Corrido de Joaquin Murrieta is from the public domain roots music website, Juneberry78s.com.
    Thanks to KRWG-TV, Las Cruces, New Mexico for excerpts from John Valadez’s interview on the program Fronteras. Here’s the entire interview about his film, “The Head of Joaquin Murrieta.”












    Ernesto Miranda














    ERNESTO MIRANDA
    Miranda v. Arizona
    Complete NBC newscast on the death of Ernesto Mirando.












    Yaqui resistance leader Cajemé

    • 59 min
    Episode 02: Cheryl

    Episode 02: Cheryl

    How do you forgive the unforgivable? Cheryl Ward-Kaiser leads us down a path of shocking twists and turns. Her story contains detailed descriptions of violence, so it may not be appropriate for everyone. But by the end, we know you’ll understand why Cheryl’s story inspires us and needs to be heard.
    SHOW NOTES |
    This episode was produced by me, and co-produced by Mara Reynolds. Special thanks to KAZU-fm and Krista Almanzan for the use of their studios and time, and to Emma Wynne-Jones.
    The music was by Ketsa from the Free Music Archive.
    Our theme song was written and performed by my brother, John Reynolds.
    RESTORATIVE JUSTICE RESOURCES |
    National and international resources
    The Centre for Justice & Reconciliation, a program of Prison Fellowship International based in Washington DC
    Restorative Justice resources in California’s Central Coast
    Restorative Justice Partners Inc.
    restorativejusticepartners.com/
    www.facebook.com/restorativejusticepartners/
    www.storiesfromsalinas.org/restorative-justice-partners/
    Monterey County Restorative Justice Commission
    www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/clerk-of-the-board/boards-committees-and-commissions/community-restorative-justice-commission
    Confict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County
    www.crcsantacruz.org/services/restorative-justice

    Photo | Conner Jay
    MORE ABOUT CHERYL |
    Photo of Cheryl with a photo of her husband Jamie by Conner Jay
    Not in Our Name: Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty



    Episode 02: Cherylhttps://episodes.seriouslysimplepodcasting.com/A-show-about-justice-and-redemption/Episode02Cheryl.mp3

    BONUS TRACK | We recommend listening to the podcast before the bonus track.



    Cheryl tells us how her daughters are faring (3 minutes).https://voicesofmontereybay.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Episode02BonusTrack.mp3


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    • 46 min
    Episode 01: Gary

    Episode 01: Gary

    Switching Teams
    What makes a man decide to switch sides and buck everything he’s always stood for?
    Episode One is the surprisingly tender story of an ace prosecutor who goes from putting murderers and child abusers behind bars to — yikes — defending them. With some Gray Area twists and turns along the way, of course.

    Produced and written by:
    Julie Reynolds Martínez and Mara Reynolds
    Gray Area Theme Song:
    Lights Out by John Reynolds
    Gary’s Dad
    Tracks:
    I Need a Heroic Figure, Main Character Theme by Komiku
    Sonance Arboreal by William Gardiner
    Endeavor Street by Lobo Loco
    Peace Christmas by Lobo Loco
    Thanks Free Music Archive!












    Gary, left, and investigator James Huggins in front of The Bears | Photo Greg Pio













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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Chuck Justice ,

Always interesting personal stories

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

santalechuga ,

Kudos to Gray Area

Fabulous stories, well told. Julie Reynolds always leads listeners to safe harbor, but the trail is often fraught with unexpected twists and turns. Reynaldo in Yaqui Land is Grey Area at its best.

elisamarina3 ,

Reynaldo en Yaquilandia

Thank you for such a moving, well crafted audio documentary of my friend, Reynaldo's, journey. I work with indigenous people who are working hard to heal historical trauma and learn to live life not based in fear and anger. I am Chicana whose origins include the P'urepecha. My grandmother's stories relay the fear of Mexicans and 'Americanos' (white people). I have white relatives so this work of reconciliation is hard but liberating. Thank you for the oportunity to reflect on the complexity of Chicanismo. - Elisa Marina Alvarado

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