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PODCAST | Death Row Art

In collaboration with Crosscurrents from KALW News, Mills College students in the Public Radio Reporting Program unearth the many facets of the Oakland community.

On the first Friday of every month, the streets of downtown Oakland are transformed into a festival celebrating art and performance. It’s called “art murmur.” Vendors and musicians fill the streets, and galleries lure passersby with wine and snacks. Typically those galleries stock ultra-contemporary art; the kind of thing that would look good in a sleek loft apartment. But during a recent art murmur, one gallery took a different approach.

At Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, all of the artists whose work was on display are on death row or serving a life sentence for crimes they say they didn’t commit. Kate Ruprecht has the story.