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Philosopher Jason Brennan offers a provocative idea: let's bring back flogging as an alternative to imprisonment....

Bastøy Prison from the air

For two years, criminal justice advocate Baz Dreisinger traveled the world, touring prisons in nine different countries. She points to Norway as a model of humane reform.

Barbed wire

Most of us will never know what life in prison is really like, but criminal justice reporter Shane Bauer had a wild idea to gain access: for four months he worked undercover as a guard at a private prison.

Attica Prison entrance

The Attica Prison riot is remembered as one of the bloodiest and savage of its kind, but historian Heather Ann Thompson is challenging that familiar narrative.

Prison bars
Air Dates:
  • January 19, 2019
  • April 28, 2018
  • June 24, 2017

Most of us will never know what really happens behind bars. Prisons are generally off limits to the public and press, but several new investigations are drawing attention to the conditions in many of our nation's jails. This hour, what should a prison be?...

Kameel Stanley and Tim Lloyd of "We Live Here"

Two St. Louis podcasters — Kameel Stanley and Tim Lloyd — take the conversation about race to a national level with "We Live Here." 

Historical photo of the St. Louis Arch

Edward McPherson on the legacy of the St. Louis Arch.

Live in St. Louis
Air Dates:
  • July 06, 2019
  • March 03, 2018
  • June 11, 2017

We’ve all had them—the big, significant, transformations that take your life in a new direction. And even though those gateway moments present new and exciting opportunities, they are almost always by definition uncomfortable.

Bob Hansmen

One professor crosses St. Louis’ racial divide.

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