Chris Hedges: Teaching in Prisons

Caged

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 11, 2022

In a special crossover episode, Chris Hedges joins Mansa Musa on Rattling the Bars to discuss his new book, Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison.

Since 2013, Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and host of The Chris Hedges Report, has taught college courses in drama, literature, philosophy, and history at East Jersey State Prison (aka “Rahway”) and other New Jersey prisons. In one such course, after reading plays by Amiri Baraka and August Wilson, among others, Hedges’ students wrote a play of their own. The play, Caged, would eventually be published and performed at The Passage Theatre in Trenton, New Jersey, for a month-long run in 2018 to sold-out audiences.

In his latest book, Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison, Hedges chronicles the journey he and his class embarked on together. Joining Mansa Musa on Rattling the Bars, Hedges speaks about his book and the transformations he witnessed among the men he taught behind prison walls.

Chris Hedges is the former Middle East bureau chief of The New York Times, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and a columnist at ScheerPost. He formerly hosted the program Days of Revolt, produced by TRNN, and currently hosts The Chris Hedges Report. Hedges is the author of several books, including America: The Farewell TourAmerican Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, and Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison.

Transcript

From the archives:

The Chris Hedges Report: The Long Road Home, Part 2

The Chris Hedges Report: The Long Road Home, Part 1

Chris Hedges: A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison

Chris Hedges: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison, Part 2

Chris Hedges: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison, Part 1

13th

Chris Hedges: Mass Incarceration is a Form of Social Control and the Police Function as Predators in Impoverished Communities

Chris Hedges: Caged: Life From Inside and Outside the US Prison System

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