"The Penalty" New Doc on Capital Punishment; Lawsuit Challenges Prison Censorship; Bob Avakian Spoken Word, All Played Out

Lawsuit Challenges Censorship of Blood in the Water, on Attica Prison Uprising

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Two Illinois prisons have censored Blood in the Water, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by historian Heather Ann Thompson about the 1971 Attica prison uprising. The Chicago-based Uptown Peoples Law Center filed a lawsuit to challenge this unconstitutional and unethical censorship.We'll talk with Alan Mills, executive director of Uptown People's Law Center.

"The Penalty" and the Stories of Three Extraordinary People Caught up in America's Death Penalty


"The Penalty," a new documentary, takes on the horror of the death penalty through three different perspectives: a woman who must confront the death penalty when her daughter is murdered, a lawyer representing condemned prisoners in Ohio, and a man exonerated and released from death row after decades in solitary confinement. These stories woven together form a powerful statement on the terrible societal impact of state-sponsored murder. 

We'll talk with Co-director Will Francome.

PLUS — ALL PLAYED OUT - A spoken word piece from Bob Avakian — words by Bob Avakian, music by William Parker.