prison industrial complex

9/24: What was lost in the Valley Fire

Sep 28, 2015

  • Lake County residents remember the items—and the community—they'll never get back. 
  • Composer Marcus Shelby on using the blues to examine the prison industrial complex.
  • The source of the cowbell in this week's Audiograph revealed. 

Ben Trefny

  San Francisco-based artist Marcus Shelby holds many titles. He’s a composer, a bassist and a educator - just to name a few. His latest composition, Beyond the Blues: A Prison Oratorio, centers on the prison industrial complex. He spoke with KALW's Jen Chien about his work, and how he uses the blues as both a form and a concept.


If I was a plumber, I would be doing social justice work . . . I'm a musician and so it’s an extension of that.

On the August 18th edition of  Your Call, we’ll continue our weeklong series about the prison industrial complex by discussing the growing prison industry.

On the August 17th edition of  Your Call, we’ll kick off a week long series about the prison industrial complex. From 1970 to 2010, the number of people in state and federal prisons went from 200,000 to more than 1.6 million.  Roughly one in every 107 American adults is behind bars. How did we become the world’s leading prison nation? Are we at a turning point for prison policy in the United States? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


On today's Your Call, we’ll rebroadcast a conversation we had with Eugene Jarecki, filmmaker behind the documentary, The House I Live In, which “captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs.”  So far, the drug war has lasted 40 years, cost 1 trillion dollars, and led to over 45 million arrests.  But what have we accomplished?  Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.