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Heather Ann Thompson

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Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 10:30pm

On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York to protest years of mistreatment. Holding guards and civilian employees hostage, during the four long days and nights that followed, the inmates negotiated with state officials for improved living conditions. On September 13, the state abruptly ended talks and sent hundreds of heavily armed state troopers and corrections officers to retake the prison by force. In the ensuing gunfire, thirty-nine men were killed—hostages as well as prisoners—and close to one hundred were severely injured. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with best selling author Heather Ann Thompson, her new book: Blood IN The Water recaptures this historic event in thrilling detail.

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