In episode 10 you’ll hear trailblazing ARC Member Celia Perez share her experience of surviving prison, finding her truest self, and her struggle with post-incarceration anxieties in every day life. Celia bonds with hosts Norma and Shone over shared reentry anxieties like overpasses, busses, and Chili’s. They also explore different Free World problems like bills, healthcare, and sharing unique institutional experiences with family.
In Episode 11, our holiday special and the season finale of Free World’s debut season, our hosts and production team chat about their experiences around the holiday season during and after incarceration. Exploring the hard times, the joy, and the unique traditions they built throughout their holidays inside those prison walls.
In Episode 9 of Free World, you'll hear from courageous ARC member Candice Lewis about family--as she explores with Norma and Shone her roles as mother, daughter, and friend. After being incarcerated for 14 years and surviving a life sentence, Candice talks candidly and beautifully about the effects prison had on her relationships and how she earned her freedom to be reunited with her son--and what it's like being back home. She'll also talk about leaving the family she made inside prison behind.
In Episode 8, you’ll meet Rose Brown, one of the producers of Free World. Rose explores with deep empathy and heart who it is she left behind when she came home from prison after surviving a life sentence. She talks with love, care, and humor about what it’s like to explore a relationship after incarceration and what the future has in store for her. Plus, you’ll get to hear the voice and mind of one of our amazing Free World team members working behind the scenes!
In Episode 7, you’ll hear from Alyssa Gallo, producer and editor of Free World. You’ll hear her inspiring story of leaving prison in both literal and metaphorical senses. As a trans woman, Alyssa shares her lived experience with a deluge of truth and courage. You’ll hear about the difficulties of living her authentic identity, one ultimately rooted in transformational power. You’ll also get to know who has been behind the scenes on audio for the Free World team!
In Episode 6 of Free World, you’ll meet ARC Member Blanca Ruiz-Thompson and hear her story of overcoming the cycles of violence and incarceration that has plagued so many families. Blanca’s resilience and dedication to choosing love over violence and refusing to be distracted from her blessings, has made her into the incredible wife, mother, and advocate she is today.
Sam Lewis welcomes Adela Ruiz-Olivo from the NBA Foundation, as well as some of the ARC Youth who had the opportunity of attending All-Star Weekend, Sean Landers, Jaizon Cotton, Junior Vargas and Anthony Melendez Jr., all made possible through the NBA Foundation.
The second episode of SINCERELY will discuss top issues in our Criminal Justice System with guest Dan Seeman. ARC has a new bi-weekly chat series and podcast, SINCERELY with Sam Lewis, and the third episode is THIS Wednesday, May 3rd at 1pm! The goal will be to communicate with our audience about how topics in our world impact people who are incarcerated or have experienced incarceration
On this episode of Sincerely with Sam Lewis. A woman of color shares her journey of what is was to be a colored woman striving for success in America.
Sam Lewis interviews Shaka Senghor.
Sam Lewis interviews three formerly incarcerated youth. They share their journey from incarceration to firefighting in the free world.