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
- Graeme Wood is books editor at Pacific Standard, where we found his article “From Our Prison to Your Dinner 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.
- 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
- Rob Chirico is the author of several books, including Field Guide to Cocktails and his latest is Damn! A Cultural History of Swearing In Modern America.