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Songs in the Key of Free; first, Sessions hearing

June 14, 2017

Guests: Pema Levy, August Tarrier, Miles Orion Butler, Paul, Cody

Songs in the Key of Free has a mission. Through music, they are showing solidarity with incarcerated individuals and to bring their voices, perspectives, and experiences to the public via song. The group is working with inmates at the SCI-Graterford prison, providing workshops on songwriting and performance. Today, we’re going to speak with the two founders of the organization, AUGUST TARRIER and MILES ORION BUTLER, and we’ll speak to two of the inmates from Graterford who are participating in the project. PAUL is a 70-year-old inmate who has served 50 years of his life sentence and heads the Prison Literary Project, and CODY, who is in his 30s, having served 17 years of his 20 year sentence. We’ll hear their songs, and about the effect that creating music has for those on the inside. But first, we’ll get a re-cap of Tuesday’s hearing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions with PEMA LEVY from Mother Jones.

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