UW Grad Student Steel Wagstaff brought some outstanding original poetry from the Writers In Prison Project workshops he volunteers for. We also talk to author Dana Sitar, Bret Bielema, John Boehner, and MattRock. King Tut even brought Li'l Tut by to rap about Free Will vs Determinism. It was bound to be good. Listen below!
Entries in prison (2)
Up until recently, we did our two-hour show on Sunday nights, and we knew we didn't have a whole lot of listeners. But, we knew we'd have at least one: Mitra would be listening from the Dane County Jail. We knew because he's write us a letter about it, almost every week. He would write things for the Ass-Jammery, tell us about life in jail, and comment on on-air discussions.
Back in May, journalist Nathan Comp (theferalscribe.com) was writing a story about Mitra's recent suicide, and he contacted me because I wrote a letter to Judge Maryann Sumi, asking her to be lenient in Mitra's sentencing. As we talked about Mitra, I told him Nathan about the letters. I was working that night, and he wanted to see them so badly, he came to the Big Ten to pick them up.
This article is about Mitra and those letters. It's a strange and sad story, but one that needed to be told. I have always found Mitra's story to be fascinating, but its terribly interesting for me to read a well-written third-party account. I'd be interested to hear any comments, and glad to answer any questions.
Some Mitra-related Ass-Jammery links:
- The CYOA bits that were the subject of Mitra's first letter:
Choose Your Own Adventure
Wolf accidentally killed a hooker, and calls Pete for help. What are they going to do?
Episode 1 - The Beginning by Mike Wolf
Episode 2 - Do Heroin by Pete Hnilicka
Episode 3a - Do Heroin Again by Rajib Mitra
Episode 3b - Go to Perkins by Rajib Mitra
Episode 3c - In the Lake by Rajib Mitra
- The Annie Nüggett powm mentioned in the article: this mother nazi
- Nathan Comp, author of the article, joins us on the Ass-Jammery
- A few weeks after Mitra's death, we discuss his story on the Ass-Jammery
- Back in December 2010, Mitra called in. This is the same show where we originally aired his CYOA sketches
- Beer in 1 - 2 - 3 parts, the first Ass-Jammery Mitra listened to