With Friends Like These

The Berkeley Socialist Behind Mass Incarceration (with Heather Ann Thompson)

The Berkeley Socialist Behind Mass Incarceration (with Heather Ann Thompson)

With Friends Like These - February 5, 2021 - 34:34

Robert Martinson was a radical anti-racist activist in the 1960s: He ran for mayor in Berkeley as a socialist. He was arrested in Mississippi for participating in Freedom Summer. And then he authored the academic paper that became the political justification for “tough on crime” policies. He’s forgotten; can he be forgiven? Pulitzer Prize-winning author Heather Ann Thompson guides us through his tragic story.

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On this season of With Friends Like These, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, host Ana Marie Cox looks at post-Trump America and tries to find models for how we forgive people, and if we should.

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