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"American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment"

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Aired on Thursday, October 11th.

Our guest is Shane Bauer, a senior reporter for Mother Jones. He joins us to discuss a sobering new book that grew out of his outstanding reporting for that magazine. The book is "American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment." As per a critic writing for The New York Times Book Review: "[This book] reprises [Bauer's] page-turning narrative [as reported in Mother Jones], and adds not only the fascinating back story of CCA, the nation's first private prison company, but also an eye-opening examination of the history of corrections as a profit-making enterprise.... Bauer is a generous narrator with a nice ear for detail, and his colleagues come across as sympathetic characters, with a few notable exceptions.... The sheer number of forehead-slapping quotes from Bauer's superiors and fellow guards alone are worth the price of admission." And further, from The Boston Globe: "One of the most incisive -- and damning -- investigations into prison culture and business in recent memory, Bauer's illuminating hybrid memoir and sociological study shines much-needed light into some dark corners of the criminal justice system."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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