Anakana Schofield – Author of Martin John and Malarky

Three generations of incarceration

This morning upon waking I listened to Gary Younge’s Radio 4 documentary Three Generations of Incarceration. (5 more days left to listen) A documentary that tells the story of one family who has had three generations pass through America’s criminal justice system. I’d been waiting for this documentary since I read about it last week.

I like Younge’s approach to radio and how the story unfolded between the movements of the man he was talking to. I think because I enjoyed tracking the urban sounds that surrounded him. But mainly what I admire about Younge is the sense that he’s keenly listening to his subjects. There’s a great deal to be said for gentle curiosity. And on that note I intend to listen to it again.

Radio 4 is running a whole series of programmes on prison and prisoners.

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