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Tossing Away The Keys [7.11.2011]

Prison journalist Wilbert Rideau has a series of conversations with men sentenced to prison for life at Louisiana State Penitentiary - also known as Angola. He takes the listener inside the cells and minds of men who will never experience freedom again. Wilbert Rideau was recently awarded a Polk Journalism Prize that he won in prison but was never able to accept. This classic radio portrait was produced with David Isay. Also in this episode: Leon Fleisher was a pianist from early on. As a child prodigy, he played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16. Then, at his prime, he lost the use of two fingers on his right hand. He thought his career was over. Now, back at the piano, he’s redefined the meaning of perfection.

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