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Audio Interference 58: Radical Access

“Our lending policy is: as many books as you want, for as long as you want. We want people to take the time to live with the books as long as they need to, to figure out how they fit into the larger picture of how they live.” — Dawn Finley, FLOW

In this episode, we ask the questions: What does it mean to be a radical, community library? What are the goals, responsibilities, and impacts of such an organization? We do so through conversations with Laura Moulton of Streetbooks, Melissa Marturano of Books Through Bars, Dawn Finley of FLOW, and Julia of the ABC No Rio Zine Library.

To learn more about Streetbooks, visit their website or read this NYT article.

To learn more about Books through Bars, visit their website, read an interview with founder Vikki Law, or this NYT article.

To stay up to date about what’s going on in Pennsylvania Prisons see the links below:

Incarcerated Pennsylvanians now have to pay $150 to read.  We should all be outraged.

Pennsylvania prisons are shut down after ‘unknown substances’ leave 29 hospitalized.

Free dictionaries for all, and other efforts to appease critics of PA prison crackdown.”

For those interested in what FLOW is up to, check out this article on LitHub.

Here’s more about the ABC No Rio Zine Library, and their contact information.

A huge Thank You to Laura Moulton, Melissa Marturano, Dawn Finley, and Julia for engaging us in conversation and for the important work you do! Stay tuned for Radical Access, Part II.

Music: “Bronco Romp,” by Waylon Thornton; “Feel Good (Instrumental),” by Broke For Free; “Luminous,” by Broke For Free; “Live on BSR,” by Juan Wauters.

Produced by Interference Archive.