Smarty Pants Podcast

The Aftermath


Finding hope in unexpected places: prison, protest, and poetry

A field medic at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota (Avery White/Oceti Sakowin Camp)

By Stephanie Bastek

November 22, 2016



Keramet Reiter talks about what happens to prisoners who spend decades in solitary confinement; Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker offer some historical perspective on the crisis at Standing Rock; and Sandra Gilbert reflects on the importance of Adrienne Rich and reads her favorite poem.

Mentioned in this episode:

• Read an excerpt from Keramet Reiter’s new book, 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement
• Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker’s new book, “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans
• Sandra Gilbert reviews Adrienne Rich’s Collected Poems, plus: four scintillating poems of her own

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Stephanie Bastek is the associate editor of the Scholar and the producer/host of the Smarty Pants podcast.

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