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Written Inside

Stories About Prison Cells
Last Updated on April 13th, 2017

Written Inside is a podcast about life inside a maximum-security prison cell. Adapted from essays written at Stateville Correctional Center near Chicago, these intimate stories speak to the everyday experience of being incarcerated. Each inmate’s story is voiced by a Chicago actor. Created by journalist Alex Kotlowitz and produced by WBEZ Chicago's Colin McNulty.

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This project is made possible in part by generous support from The Field Foundation of Illinois.

Written Inside

Ep 1: A Silent Piano

'Written Inside' looks at life inside a maximum-security prison. In this episode, an inmate teaches himself to play piano without a piano.
March 21, 2017

Written Inside

Ep 2: At War With The Roaches

'Written Inside' looks at life inside a maximum-security prison. In this episode, an inmate takes on an army of insects.
March 23, 2017

Written Inside

Ep 3: On The Move... Again

'Written Inside' looks at life inside a maximum-security prison. In this episode, an inmate meets his 37th cellmate.
March 28, 2017

Written Inside

Ep 4: I Am A Recluse

'Written Inside' looks at life inside a maximum-security prison. In this episode, an inmate just wants to be left alone.
March 30, 2017

Written Inside

Ep 5: A Friend

'Written Inside' looks at life inside a maximum-security prison. In this episode, an inmate meets a new cellmate.
April 4, 2017

Written Inside

Ep 6: A Place Kept Clean

'Written Inside' looks at life inside a maximum-security prison. In this episode, an inmate tries to stay clean.
April 6, 2017

Written Inside

Ep 7: What Isn't Here

In this episode of 'Written Inside,' an inmate describes everything that is absent in his prison cell.
April 11, 2017

Written Inside

Ep 8: A Visit From An Outsider

In this final story from 'Written Inside,' an inmate describes an unforgettable visitor.
April 13, 2017

Morning Shift

Written Inside: A Podcast On ‘What It Means To Be Locked Up’

'Written Inside' is a new WBEZ podcast about life inside a cell at the Stateville Correctional Center.
March 23, 2017

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