Deconstructing the Death Penalty

lethal_injectionToday on the Mundane Revolution, we talk about a subject that we’re all aware of, but that few of us have taken time to ponder – the death penalty. After a 4 year suspension by the US Supreme Court, the death penalty was reinstituted in 1976, and since then, over 1,400 people have been put to death.  Today we talk with Ray Krone, an innocent man who was sentenced to die and later distinguished as the 100th American death row exonoree, Jane Davis, a former death row media witness turned death row counselor, Frank Thompson, a retired warden responsible for overseeing the death penalty for the state of Oregon, Marc Hyden, a conservative working to bring a new awareness of the death penalty to his colleagues, and Bill Pelke, who experienced a radical shift in his understanding of the death penalty after his grandmother was brutally murdered. Come with us as we deconstruct popular understandings of the death penalty, and uncover stories of lives caught up in the web of state-sponsored killing.

To listen to extended interviews with all 5 of the guests from today’s show, click here.

Introducing The Mundane Revolution!

WebWelcome to The Mundane Revolution! The Mundane Revolution is all about reimagining the world through rethinking our shared societal assumptions. We’ve been conditioned to believe that things like war, violence, and poverty are necessary evils within human society. We’ve inherited a paradigm in which government, and even God, are mediated to us via institutional hierarchies. We’ve been imprisoned from within as we have failed to imagine that another world could even be possible.

The Mundane Revolution is an ordinary attempt by a common guy to challenge our shared assumptions, and spark our imaginations to envision a new world. How do we begin? Through conversations and the sharing of ideas. We can’t underestimate the power of conversations, especially when those conversations cause us to begin to imagine new possibilities. So join me on the Mundane Revolution, as we reimagine the world one conversation at a time!