The Peabody Award-winning “Voices of an Illness” series, narrated by Academy Award-winners Patty Duke, Rod Steiger and Jason Robards, aired on National Public Radio and selected commercial stations across the country.
They were the first programs to feature people living with and recovered from serious mental illnesses telling their own stories in their own words.
The documentaries featured leading experts in the field who put the stories of recovery into a broader social and medical context including the difficulties in obtaining a correct diagnosis and treatment, the impact of these often misunderstood illnesses on the family, personal and social stigma, cutting-edge research into new medications and treatments, as well as discussions with patients in various phases of the illness, providing a message of hope and recovery.
NPR stations called the series "unlike any programs of their kind... brilliant... extraordinary”; Time magazine called them “remarkable"; and they were hailed by the National Institute of Mental Health as "truly setting new standards of creativity and scientific accuracy in broadcast journalism." Click here to listen to the Peabody Award-winning "Voices of an Illness" programs.
Across the United States, tens of thousands of children are locked up in with adults in prisons and jails every year. This is not only immoral and unwise; it is a violation of the U.S. Constitution and of United Nations standards. And the threat is growing. Currently, laws are pending in Congress and in several states that would double or even triple the number of young people in adult prisons.
If I Get Out Alive is a one-hour radio documentary, which exposes the systematic abuse and brutality faced by juveniles in the adult prison system. It is narrated by Academy Award-winning actress and child advocate Diane Keaton.
The program addresses first-hand accounts from adolescents currently behind bars, rehabilitated youths who survived the system, parents of children who died in adult prisons, legal experts, policy makers and correction officers. The program also addresses the abysmal mental health conditions in prison and jails faced by young people (50% of whom, according to new research, are affected by a serious mental illness) as well as examining alternative sentencing programs that are successful in diverting young offenders from prison.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO "IF I GET OUT ALIVE" NARRATED BY DIANE KEATON