Oct 12, 2018
Talk Recovery Radio this Thursday at noon, Personal Story with Lex, and interview with author Charles B Shaw, “Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics, and Spirituality” Originally published as a series on Reality Sandwich and The Huffington Post, Exile Nation is a work of “spiritual journalism” that grapples with the themes of drugs, prisons, politics, and spirituality through Shaw’s personal story. In 2005, Shaw was arrested in Chicago for possession of MDMA and was sent to prison for one year. Shaw not only looks at the current prison system and its many destructive flaws, but also at how American culture regards criminals and those who live outside of society. He begins his story at Chicago’s Cook County Jail, and uses its sprawling, highly corrupt infrastructure to build upon his overarching argument. Lex also tells her personal story of recovery from addiction.