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A lot of people wouldn’t guess that the first women’s prison in the nation was built in Indiana in 1873. Though it has moved locations and changed names, it is still open and imprisoning women. Its current name is the Indiana Women’s Prison. We talked to two researchers who uncovered stories about the early history of this prison, stories that call the official textbook account into question. But this isn’t just the story of the first women’s prison in the nation, it’s also the tale of the journey of the two researchers who exposed the prison’s dark beginnings.

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Thanks to Evelyn Brosius for our logo. Music used in this episode (in order of appearance):

  1. Badlands” by Cory Gray
    From the Free Music Archive
    CC BY-NC 3.0
  2.  “Ritual Five” by Jason Leonard
    From the Free Music Archive
    CC BY-NC 3.0
  3. August (Summer Nights)” by Kai Engel
    From the Free Music Archive
    CC BY-NC 4.0
  4. A Certain Lightness” by Blue Dot Sessions
    From the Free Music Archive
    CC BY-NC 4.0
  5. Callow” by Blue Dot Sessions
    From the Free Music Archive
    CC BY-NC 4.0
  6. Planting Flags” by Blue Dot Sessions
    From the Free Music Archive
    CC BY-NC 4.0

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