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  1. michael chorney
    michael chorney July 25, 2015 at 11:55 pm | | Reply

    brilliant. “you can’t be flippant” with the truth.
    ‘the love is the shape it all takes.”
    profoundly inspiring. a HUGE victory.

  2. Sage
    Sage July 26, 2015 at 9:02 am | | Reply

    This was wonderful. I’ve always been in awe of Susan and her strength, bravery, and ability to talk to ANYONE. Thanks for sharing a little of her with us.

  3. Randy
    Randy July 26, 2015 at 9:04 am | | Reply

    Scratching my head trying to decide what made this interview so strong. It has a lot to do with the relentless pace that may have resulted partly from good editing but which sounds like the result of your sureness and Susan’s absolutely perfect pitch. One tiny remark sums it up for me: it was the moment when she was trying to get at the initial acceptance or rejection she may meet, how it may depend on whether her eyes are spaced a pleasing distance apart. There it is! It costs me twice the verbiage to get the idea across lamely.

    Suffice it to say I liked this episode as much as just about any of them, Nice going.

    Randy

  4. Denney
    Denney July 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm | | Reply

    As was true earlier in your lives you two are a phenomenal combo. Susan’s work is awe-inspiring, as well as terrifying to me, her Mom. There is no better interviewer than Erica. As we have all seen in the last few weeks the President is listening to you about changes in sentencing and length of time and re-establishing as much support for assistance as the Congress will allow. That is pretty good vindication you are on the right track ! Bravo, Suze!

  5. Jon
    Jon July 26, 2015 at 2:28 pm | | Reply

    Being inside this conversation was like a really fast, awesome ride at the fair. That was fun. Thank you.

  6. Minor Heretic
    Minor Heretic July 27, 2015 at 6:28 pm | | Reply

    This is a wonderful piece of work about a truly good person. It effortlessly ranges from the details of personal tragedy to national policy. The emotional intensity builds and builds. Way to go, Erica.

    It points out how our country is focusing on counterproductive, almost irrelevant methods for dealing with crime. It also shows how truly knowing people eliminates most of our dismissive judgement and scorn.

  7. Karen
    Karen July 28, 2015 at 8:07 am | | Reply

    Thank you for another wonderful and rewarding episode. It reinforced for me the importance of empathy as Susan pointed out that in almost all of her cases, the acts committed evolved from poverty and desperation.

  8. Terry Weber
    Terry Weber August 19, 2015 at 11:41 am | | Reply

    Thank you Susan for pointing our in detail , as objectively as possible, our hidden neighbors and what Michael Harrington documented in his book “The Other America (1962).” This book help launch LBJ’s war on poverty but we have changed to a war on drugs and we see what that got us.

  9. Carolyn Bates
    Carolyn Bates September 30, 2015 at 9:55 pm | | Reply

    Absolutely excellent Erica

    I can’t wait to listen to more.

    cb

  10. Alex Kaufman
    Alex Kaufman December 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm | | Reply

    Fav tape… How she feels (and responds to) lawyers that want her to do her job or tell them a weak story without reading the file.

  11. Driving around with Susan August 22, 2016 at 7:56 pm |
  12. Paul Falcone
    Paul Falcone August 22, 2016 at 9:24 pm | | Reply

    More than anything the hopelessness of poverty comes through. These are people who are not in charge of their lives where events take them over one cliff after another until all that is left is a shrug or a sigh as another avalanche leaves them overwhelmed. They are the voiceless at the fringes of society that have become disposable, ashamed and resentful as they see people who are better off judge them for making poor decisions. When the lifelines are gone and the wages are bad all there is at the end of the day are either poor decisions or just bad ones and a strong urge to escape whatever way you can. Thanks for the unvarnished truth about the pyramid of our capitalist system.

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