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Behind the Walls

Apr 10, 2019

Attorney Mike Doyle represents the family of one of the two people killed in the botched Harding Street drug raid. Here, he talks with Keri Blakinger and her long-time frenemy and fellow reporter St. John Barned-Smith about the failed bust. Doyle tackles a few of the unanswered questions: Were they actually drug...


Mar 29, 2019

As a prison reporter, I get some weird things in the mail: dead cockroaches, paint samples, black mold. But this month I got something a lot darker — ashes. Of an inmate I liked. It left me with a lot of questions. Also in this episode: an interview with Philly reporter Lisa Gartner, who just did a deep dive into...


Mar 6, 2019

In the more than a decade she spent working for the Texas prison system, former spokeswoman Michelle Lyons watched more than 200 men and women put to death in Huntsville. She left the department a few years ago in a swirl of controversy, but last month she sat down with Keri and cohost Lance to revisit some of the...


Jan 31, 2019

Prison-beat reporter Keri Blakinger and former prison union chief Lance Lowry compare notes with Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conarck. They delve into commissary complaints, video visitation and such in the Sunshine State and see how things there stack up against what’s going on in the prisons of the Lone...


Jan 9, 2019

In her seven years on the state's highest criminal court, ex-Judge Elsa Alcala became best known as the voice questioning capital punishment, even in the state most enamored of it. In this "Behind the Walls" interview, the recently retired judge - who left the bench just over a week ago - asks whether it's time for...