Virginia once led the nation in the death penalty. Recently, that ended. How did a southern state that was once a leader in executions become, a leader to end it? And where do we go from here? What happens to the ethical and political dilemmas for and against the death penalty?
When Tony Martin was freed from prison, he was not the same person. He had surrendered to Christ, written courageously about his life, and in these ways figured out the secret to lasting change. You have to trust the truth.
After the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests against police brutality in Richmond targeted the monuments to the Confederacy. Most were spray-painted with anti-racist messages. Some were toppled. And others were officially removed.
When Kelvin Belton was just a kid discovering his talent for basketball, he wanted to go to the NBA. But no one in his world even knew how to get him into college. Calvin Duncan faced similar personal struggles when he was young and discovering his talent for basketball. But he did get to college and was a draft pick for the Chicago Bulls. What made it possible for Calvin to succeed in the game?
When Owen learned that his brother, Mikey, had overdosed on heroin and was in the hospital, he blamed himself for being the one who first got Mikey high. And he beat himself up for the time in his life when he was getting high.
When Robb discovered booze as a 12-year old, all of his problems went away: the abandonment by his mother, the anxiety about his racial identity, the relentless physical abuse from his father. Years later, he hit his rock bottom.
After being sexually abused by older boys, Ronald learned how to use sex to manipulate older boys, and after watching the grown-ups abuse substances, he learned how to get high, too. Eventually, he learned how to see another version of himself.
In this tribute to Black history month, we take a literary journey into the ways race consciousness emerges in our everyday lives. What can these moments teach us about our collective history and future life in America?
While Dean and Kelvin were being incarcerated for marijuana in Virginia, it became legal in other states. Now, the Commonwealth is poised to legalize it. Will they get it right? Or will Black people still struggle for freedom and justice as they did before?
In this episode, we follow Dean through the beatings he received as a child to see how they led him into the criminal justice system.