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Remembering Attica, With New Information

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"Attica" is one of those names that seems familiar to many Americans, even people who know nothing of the story attached to the name. 

Heather Ann Thompson, a historian who researches mass incarceration, fills in the story of the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York, in her book Blood in the Water

Prisoners took over Attica to protest the conditions, and prison bosses were negotiating with them.  But then the state mounted an assault on its prison, and 39 people died.  A major crackdown followed.  Heather Ann Thompson joins us to talk about her recent findings. 
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.