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McNeil Island in South Puget Sound is the Alcatraz you've never heard of. The now-abandoned prison on McNeil operated for 136 years. Today, the island is home to the Special Commitment Center, which houses Washington state's "sexually violent predators." A collaboration between KNKX and the Washington State Historical Society, Forgotten Prison tells the stories of inmates, guards, and children who grew up on the island. The history of this forgotten place can tell us a lot about how and why we lock people up.
||CleanEpisode 4: Island Life||One obvious thing that made the prison on McNeil unique was its island location. In Episode 4 of Forgotten Prison, we hear from former guards, inmates and children who grew up there, as well as someone descended from island homesteaders, about life in a||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Designing Incarceration||The abandoned prison on McNeil Island and its 136-year history can tell us a lot about why we lock people up and how it has changed over time. Hosts Simone Alicea and Paula Wissel explore the decaying structures on the island to learn how the modern||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Not a Prison||While the prison on McNeil Island closed in 2011, Washington state still runs the Special Commitment Center there. It's where the state keeps "sexually violent predators" who have served their prison time, but are deemed too dangerous to release into||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Forgotten||There are a thousand stories about McNeil Island. And odds are, you haven't heard any of them. In Episode 1 of Forgotten Prison , hosts Simone Alicea and Paula Wissel explain how we came to abandon one of the country's first federal prisons.||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRAILER: Forgotten Prison, a new podcast about McNeil Island||KNKX premiers Forgotten Prison on Jan. 22, a new podcast featuring McNeil Island — the Alcatraz you've never heard of.||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
Great production and reporting!
A really fascinating gem of a story, excellently produced! The show has a Radiolab feel with a local focus but still universal themes. I wish every local station around the country could have shows like this. A couple of the edits in the first episode gave me chills, and I can't wait to get deeper into the show!
More great stuff from KNKX
KNKX is my local radio station, and I have always admired both their music programming and their excellent regional news and related coverage. The first episode of this new podcast is intriguing, and I look forward to future installments. Projects like this one are what keep me on board as a financial supporter of KNKX!
It’s a good show!
I live near the island so I listened to the show to learn a bit about some local history but It is so well done and captivating that I would listen to it even if it didn’t have that local flavor!