Artist Title Album Label
Elijah Larsen Intro to the episode
Elijah Larsen Cameron's article, 'If You Want Anything, You Have To Fight For It: Prisoner Strikes at Kingston Penitentiary, 1932-1935', describes a series of strikes and a riot at Kingston Pen between October 17-20, 1932
Bruce Springsteen An explanation of some of the musical selections included
Cameron Willis How officials controlled the messages, and Oswald Withrow
Billy Bragg The Internationale
Cameron Willis Precipitating causes of the riot
Johnny Paycheck Take This Job and Shove It
Bruce Springsteen Factory
Judy Collins Bread and Roses
Noam Chomsky PSA for community radio
Elijah Larsen segue into the second half
Cameron Willis On how little agency the prisoners had
Elijah Larsen Next week, part three of A Beautiful Statement

A Beautiful Statement, part two, with Cameron Willis

In October 1932, the prisoners in Kingston Penitentiary initiated a riot that fundamentally changed the Canadian penal system. Most published content on this topic has been mythologized by the press, institutions, and elected officials. Cameron Willis’s research has uncovered an entirely different depiction of life inside Kingston’s penitentiaries from the convicts’ perspective, and he’s uncovered sources that shed a very different light on this prison riot. 


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