I had seen last month this enticing podcast preview:
What is Life?
Through phone calls with men and women serving life without parole in Pennsylvania, What is Life takes you inside the prison walls to answer the question — what is life to someone sentenced to die behind bars.
Now I see the first three episodes of this podcast are available at this link. Here is how they are previewed:
What is Life? Charles Diggs
In this episode you’ll hear from Charles Diggs, a man who has spent nearly 50 years in prison serving life without the possibility of parole. Charles discusses the effect the COVID-19 pandemic, which he described as the worst experience of imprisonment, has had on incarcerated people.
What is Life? Heather Lavelle
In this episode of What is Life? you’ll hear from Heather Lavelle, a woman who after more than 20 years of substance use and mental health issues killed her ex-boyfriend. In Heather’s poem, “Under the Glass,” she discusses living a life feeling separated from others, reckoning with harms she’s caused and trying to find redemption in prison.
What is Life? David Mandeville
In this episode of What is Life? you’ll hear from David Mandeville as he discusses the realities of living in prison knowing he, and many others, will die behind bars.
All of the episodes include this program note: “This podcast is sponsored by FAMM, a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safeguard taxpayer dollars and keep our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM is helping transform America’s criminal justice system by uniting the voices of impacted families and individuals and elevating criminal justice issues all across the country.”