On this week’s Orange is the New Black podcast, we focused on children of incarcerated parents, addiction, civil disobedience, and whether or not the show misrepresents veterans.
Orange is the New Black might just be changing lives in the real world. Last week, the Department of Justice announced that they would be phasing out the use of private prisons. Did OITNB have something to do with it? It’s definitely possible. Orange is the New Black is at the forefront of progressive pop-culture as they wrap important issues in an entertaining package and get people to care. By opening a dialogue, the Netflix series has taught thousands – maybe millions – about the mass incarceration crisis in the United States.
Here at our humble Orange is the New Black podcast, we strive to continue that conversation. This week, Hidden Remote staff writer Brad Tilles joined me. We had a great talk about a whole host of weighty issues including rape, trauma, and addiction. (Side note: If you’ve ever wanted to know a bit more about how I approach addiction treatment in my career as a therapist, you’re definitely in luck.)
Recommended Reading: Dive into a wealth of information on children who have parents in jail. Time incarcerated not only affects the person serving the sentence, but it also has an impact on their entire family. As women with children are a rapidly growing percentage of the prison population, this issue deserves a closer look. The great folks over at CTCIP are doing fine work researching the issue and implementing policies that can effect change. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
Totally Optional Reading: We had fun chatting about what food we’d dream about in prison. If you get hungry, just blame Piper (Taylor Schilling) and Alex (Laura Prepon) and their burger obsession. We got a bit sidetracked and started talking about food on death row, which led to a chat about this website, Famous Last Meals.
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