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14 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Heather Ann Thompson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Heather Ann Thompson, often where they are interviewed.

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14 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Heather Ann Thompson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Heather Ann Thompson, often where they are interviewed.

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Dr. Heather Ann Thompson Interview Episode 25

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In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with Dr. Heather Ann Thompson about her Pulitzer Prize winning book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy. This is one of the most impactful books I have read in a long time, Blood in the Water stick with you for good. It is hard to understand how this event took place and even more horrifying is the length of time it took for the people involved to get justice or whatever measure of that they actual received. Required reading by all is how I feel about this book and I hope you will.

Jul 28 2020 · 1hr 3mins
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An Interview with Dr. Heather Ann Thompson

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This week, we have a very special interview with Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, historian at the University of Michigan, and the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy and Whose Detroit? Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City.

Perilous Researchers Ryan Fatica and Duncan Tarr spoke with Dr. Thompson about the wave of unrest sweeping the country in jails, prisons and detention centers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In late April, Dr. Thompson made this prescient statement in an interview with Jacobin: “I don’t mean to sound alarmist, but these are unstable times. You cannot shut down the US economy for this long, with income inequality at the highest rate it has been since the Gilded Age, without expecting some social unrest. I don’t doubt that people will protest, and they will have every right to do so. But I worry about the repression.” Just one month later, multiple American cities were on fire as people reacted to the murder of George Floyd and the systematic racism and out of control police violence it represented.

The interview was recorded days before the murder of George Floyd so Dr. Thompson, a scholar of popular uprisings, does not reflect directly upon the movement that has since emerged and which is currently reshaping the world, but much of our conversation about the wave of prison rebellion that immediately preceded the George Floyd Uprisings is applicable to our current task of analyzing our present moment.

Jun 17 2020 · 1hr 10mins

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Heather Ann Thompson Interview 21/10/19

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It's that time of the week! Here's another top-notch interview discussing some new work with one of the most important and highly-acclaimed historians working today.

On the podcast today we are joined by Heather Ann Thompson, a Professor History and of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan AND this year's Pitt Professor of American History of Institutions here at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Thompson talks to PhD student Richard Saich about her paper 'Lore and Logics: The Liberal State, the Carceral State, and the Limits of Justice and Inequality in Postwar America', its primary points, its potential consequences and relationship with her earlier work, including the Pulitzer and Bancroft prize winning book 'Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy'.

The two also discuss, among other things. the relationship between academic scholarship and activism, the particularly prominent role of women in developing this scholarship and social action, and prisons in Finland.

If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback, get in touch via @camericanist on Twitter or ltd27@cam.ac.uk. Spread the word, and thanks for listening! See you next week!

Schedule for the Cambridge American History Seminar- https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/seminars/american-history-seminar
Oct 22 2019 · 27mins
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Vanguard Court Watch Podcast Episode 4 - Attica Uprising - Heather Ann Thompson

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The Attica Uprising is an overlooked attrocity in American History - comparable to perhaps Mai Lai, Abu Ghraib, and the Battle of Wounded Knee. Historian Heather Ann Thompson, won the Pulitzer Prize for this account which takes us through the prison conditions, the brutal retaking of the prison and the horrifying coverup by state officials including Governor Rockefeller.
Aug 04 2019 · 37mins

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Heather Ann Thompson: Blood in the Water

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"People can do terrible things. But you don't really appreciate the impact of what they've done unless you fully understand how complicated they in fact are."
May 23 2019 · 47mins
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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 100: Writing Attica's History w/ Heather Ann Thompson

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Heather Ann Thompson is a historian and writer whose 2016 book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy won the Pulitzer Prize in 2017. In this conversation, she discusses how her upbringing in Detroit shaped her views on American politics and ignited her interest in tracking the history of mass incarceration. Thompson also talks about the 13-year process behind writing a book like Blood in the Water, a project that included intense research, wrenching oral histories, and a narrative that’s been intentionally distorted and covered up for decades. By putting Attica’s history in context, Thompson’s work considers the larger moral dimensions of America’s obsession with crime and punishment:

“We have to explain not just why we get drug laws . . . what we really need to explain is:  When did we become a country where it’s okay to have 400 children in Michigan serving life sentences? When did we as a society become okay with people spending 10 years in solitary confinement?

And that was where I felt that the memory of Attica was so critically important. Somehow, we had been given this opportunity to do right by the folks that were serving time, and that is exactly what the men in Attica had hoped would happen. And yet, the exact opposite happens and we come out of Attica seeing prisoners like animals.

How does that happen?”  

Jun 18 2018 · 1hr 6mins
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The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 with Heather Ann Thompson

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Ep. 318 | Originally Aired: May 19, 2018

What’s the difference between a riot and an uprising? Your answer might have something to do with your perspective on the violence. Heather Ann Thompson looks at events at Attica State Prison in 1971 and draws a direct connection to the challenges America faces in its criminal justice system today.

Dr. Heather Ann Thompson is a historian at the University of Michigan, and is the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon Books, 2016).

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Jun 04 2018 · 27mins
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Heather Ann Thompson: The Criminal Justice System and the Media

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Heather Ann Thompson, a historian at the University of Michigan and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, discussed the Attica Prison uprising of 1971, its media coverage, and its legacy, in a conversation with Khalil G. Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

This Shorenstein Center Speaker Series event was recorded March 20, 2018, at Harvard Kennedy School. 

Apr 02 2018 · 58mins
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Club Book Episode 67 Heather Ann Thompson

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Acclaimed writer and prison reform advocate Heather Ann Thompson, PhD, is the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for History. Thompson won that high honor for Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971 and its Legacy – the first definitive account of our country’s largest and most notorious prison rebellion. In addition to the Pulitzer, the 2016 title also garnered Dr. Thompson the Bancroft Prize in American History and put her in the running for a National Book Award and the prestigious Los Angeles Book Prize. Furthermore, over a dozen publications – including The New York Times, Bloomberg, Newsweek, and Publishers Weekly – singled out Blood in the Water for their “Top 10 Books of the Year” lists. TriStar Pictures recently optioned Blood in the Water for adaptation into a feature film penned by Hollywood screenwriters Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel. Heather Ann Thompson is a native of Detroit and professor at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Her previous, book-length research projects include Whose Detroit: Politics, Labor and Race in a Modern American City.

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Nov 09 2017 · 1hr 23mins
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Episode 4: Book Review: Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson

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Dan gives summary and analysis of Heather Ann Thompson's Bancroft and Pulitzer Prize winning book: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy. Published by Pantheon Books 2016.
Jun 02 2017 · 43mins
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