09 November 2006

Tossing Away the Keys - Airs November 15

Every prisoner has his release date memorized. It's his future, his hope for a new beginning. But what about those condemned to life in prison? What do they think about? What are their days like? "I've been here so long that it's difficult to imagine what it feels like to be free," says inmate Joe White. "I don't think people can conceive what it's like to spend your whole life in prison." In this documentary, David Isay of Sound Portraits traveled to Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana to examine life behind bars for those destined to be locked up until death. Reviewer Bill McKibben called it "a great piece of radio, one of the finest half hours around." Listen in to this program as David Isay month continues on the Listening Lounge.

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