Private prisons in the Trump era and getting (legally) stoned to cover the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), those are the topics on deck for the latest Democracy in Crisis podcast.
Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo supporting the federal government’s continuing use of private prisons, rescinding an Obama administration directive last year that aimed to reduce and eventually phase out federal reliance on them. Shane Bauer — senior reporter at Mother Jones who recently won the National Magazine Award for his story “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard” — joins the discussion. Bauer spent two years imprisoned in Iran after he and two friends were arrested near the Iranian border in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner also discuss Baynard’s recent trip to CPAC, where he was aided in his reporting by a cannabis edible.
Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Mark Gunnery for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.