19 episodes

Walter Thompson-Hernández speaks with formerly incarcerated young writers whose work will be read over the course of the season by creatives like John Legend, Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Karamo Brown, Jay Ellis, Keke Palmer, Julio Torres, and Jesse Williams. Vulnerable poems and honest stories play out against a tailored soundtrack with original music. From Lemonada Media and Black Bar Mitzvah. The voices of those locked up in the U.S. prison system have been all but written off, but no more. These aren’t voices you’ve missed; they’re voices that haven’t been heard.

Written Off Lemonada

    • Arts
    • 3.7 • 416 Ratings

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Walter Thompson-Hernández speaks with formerly incarcerated young writers whose work will be read over the course of the season by creatives like John Legend, Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Karamo Brown, Jay Ellis, Keke Palmer, Julio Torres, and Jesse Williams. Vulnerable poems and honest stories play out against a tailored soundtrack with original music. From Lemonada Media and Black Bar Mitzvah. The voices of those locked up in the U.S. prison system have been all but written off, but no more. These aren’t voices you’ve missed; they’re voices that haven’t been heard.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    From Bad to Worse: COVID’s Toll on a Top Child Care Center

    From Bad to Worse: COVID’s Toll on a Top Child Care Center

    We are excited to share another Lemonada Media show you will love. It's called No One Is Coming to Save Us and it tackles the American child care crisis. No One Is Coming to Save Us has new episodes out every Thursday.

    Gloria is back and ready to tackle America’s child care crisis head-on. To kick off season 2, she calls up Lauren Cook, CEO of Ellis Early Learning in Boston. We met Lauren back in season 1, where she walked us through the nitty gritty of how much it costs to operate a child care center. This time around, Lauren tears up as she talks about how nationwide labor shortages are reverberating through the child care system, what she has to do to keep the lights on at Ellis, and how the ongoing pandemic has made a bad situation continue to get worse.

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    • 38 min
    Introducing: Life Jolt

    Introducing: Life Jolt

    Life Jolt - prison slang for a life sentence - examines the lives of women navigating Canada’s correctional system. The team gained unprecedented access to the Grand Valley Institution prison, the federal pen for women in Ontario, for a full year. They followed women going into prison for the first time, spoke with lifers who have been there for years, and parolees as they left. Hosted by Rosemary Green, a former inmate herself, Life Jolt focuses on individual women’s stories and the realities of prison life, and explores a wide range of issues including parenting behind bars, segregation, the over-representation of Indigenous women, addiction, trauma and the many obstacles of reintegration. More episodes are available at: smarturl.it/lifejolt

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    • 36 min
    Collect Call. Kyle Murphy x Jesse Williams

    Collect Call. Kyle Murphy x Jesse Williams

    “Wash It Off.” Written by Kyle Murphy. Performed by Jesse Williams. Kyle chats with his friend (and series executive producer) Aaron Bergman a few weeks ahead of his release about his political activism and fully realizing his literary dreams after a decade inside the system. 

     

    “Some people might feel like they’ve written me off, but I’ve got news for them - that s*** is incorrect. I got a bright future ahead of me.” - Kyle Murphy

     

    Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not be appropriate for all listeners. To hear a bleeped version, go to lemonadamedia.com/shows/writtenoff.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

     

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    • 44 min
    Ultimate Freedom. Ramon Escobar x Angelique Cabral

    Ultimate Freedom. Ramon Escobar x Angelique Cabral

    “My People.” Written by Ramon Escobar. Performed by Angelique Cabral. Ramon is quick to thank InsideOUT Writers for helping him make the transition from feared gang member to highly-successful business owner who happily employs other IOW alums. 

     

    “I'm in a different place now where I don't have to hide this other person anymore - it's part of who I've become.” - Ramon Escobar

     

    Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not be appropriate for all listeners. To hear a bleeped version, go to lemonadamedia.com/shows/writtenoff.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

     

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows go to lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.


    Joining Lemonada Premium is a great way to support our show and get bonus content. Subscribe today at bit.ly/lemonadapremium.

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    • 28 min
    Inhaling Memories. Frank Jimenez x Danny Ramirez

    Inhaling Memories. Frank Jimenez x Danny Ramirez

    “2nd.” Written by Frank Jimenez. Performed by Danny Ramirez. Frank is putting his mentor’s sage advice to good use by prioritizing his and his family’s happiness and working towards leaving his own unique mark on Hollywood. 

     

    ‘My writings are like little track markers showing me I'm on the right path, even though I might not see it right then and there.’ - Frank Jimenez 

     

    Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not be appropriate for all listeners. To hear a bleeped version, go to lemonadamedia.com/shows/writtenoff.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

     

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows go to lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.


    Joining Lemonada Premium is a great way to support our show and get bonus content. Subscribe today at bit.ly/lemonadapremium.

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    • 23 min
    Ghetto Royalty. Daniel Bisuano x Julio Torres

    Ghetto Royalty. Daniel Bisuano x Julio Torres

    “Second Chances.” Written by Daniel Bisuano. Performed by Julio Torres. Daniel is determined to leave his turbulent past behind by living authentically and pursuing each opportunity that presents itself in his quest to become a screenwriter. 

     

    “When I started to write, I started to not only unpack all the pain that I had inside, but I started to create new, happy memories and give back to my community.”- Daniel Bisuano. 

     

    Find Daniel on Twitter at @d_bisuano and on Instagram at @d.bisuano. 

     

    Written Off contains mature language and themes and may not be appropriate for all listeners. To hear a bleeped version, go to lemonadamedia.com/shows/writtenoff.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

     

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows go to lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.


    Joining Lemonada Premium is a great way to support our show and get bonus content. Subscribe today at bit.ly/lemonadapremium.

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
416 Ratings

416 Ratings

Victor Mpore ,

A Work of Art

An incredible podcast that helps us listen to unheard voices in a very poetic manner. I am constantly amazed.

Theme of the Day ,

One of the best imho

There’s just something about this show…oh, I know what it is! It’s real. Like real real, not “reality show” real. It covers a wide range of the real deal. Face on. Creatively. I am very fond of real people and this show covers that, which the world needs more of. Topics that matter. People who are changing the world. Love it.

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Beautiful

Inspiring, beautiful…

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