3.16.15: From Prison To Table, Last Meals, & Swearing In Modern America

Mar 16, 2015

Cañon City, Colorado is the home to nine state and four federal prisons and penitentiaries.
Credit Granger Meador via flickr Creative Commons / flic.kr/p/cfu46W

When you hear about prison work programs, you think license plates or chain gangs – not buffalo milk cheese. On today’s show, we’ll look into the artisanal foods and other under-the-radar, prisoner-made products that line the shelves of stores across the country.

Then, in 1939 Rhett Butler stunned audiences when he uttered the now famous line in Gone with the Wind: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” We’ll talk about the history of onscreen cursing, and how four letter words have come out of the shadows and into the mainstream.

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From Prison to Table

The Last Meal

  • Brent Cunningham is deputy editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. He wrote about the history and meaning of the last meal for Lapham’s Quarterly. We spoke to him in 2013.

Prison Doulas

  • Shaunnah Ray brings us this story about the Birth Attendants-Prison Doula Project, who work with the Washington Correctional Center for Women in Olympia Washington.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

Damn! A Cultural History of Swearing in Modern America