The Satellite Sisters chose Life on the Outside
as the February pick for their book
club. Their weekly show airs nationwide on the ABC Radio Networks.
Jennifer appeared on Air America’s "The Majority Report"
with Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder on January 24. Visit the show's
archives by clicking
In its January 7 edition, The Texas Observer declared
"Life on the Outside is a masterpiece."
Life on the Outside was selected as
one of the best books of 2004 by The New York Times, The Washington
Post, Chicago Tribune, and The Village Voice.
On December 8, Jennifer appeared on Democracy Now with
Goodman to discuss the book and the recent changes to New
York's drug laws.
The Boston Globe published a review of Life on the Outside
on November 9. To check out the review, click
A review of Life on the Outside appeared in The
Christian Science Monitor on October 19. Click here and
On October 13, Life on the Outside was selected as a
finalist for the National
The New York Times credited Elaine Bartlett's story with
helping influence the September 14 primary election for district
attorney in Albany County. To read the article, click
BET Nightly News aired a segment about Elaine Bartlett
on August 23 as part of a five-part series, "Locked Up, Locked
Out," about former prisoners who can't vote. Click
here for details.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a story about
Life on the Outside in its August 22 edition. Click
here to check it out.
On July 29, Jennifer and Elaine visited the Edna Mahan Correctional
Facility for Women in Clinton, New Jersey. They met with superintendent
Charlotte Blackwell, spoke to 350 inmates, and signed books. Copies
of Life on the Outside were donated by the "Books
Behind Bars" program, started by the Center for Mental
Health Services & Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers University.
A story about the event appeared in The
The PBS show “Religion and Ethics Newsweekly” aired
an interview with Elaine on July 4. For more info, visit the show’s
Terry Gross interviewed Elaine and Jennifer for her NPR show "Fresh
Air" on June 29. To hear the interview, visit the show’s
On June 21, the Chicago Sun-Times advised readers to
pick up Life on the Outside for summer beach reading.
In an article about the ongoing political discussions around the
Rockefeller drug laws, The New York Times declared that
Life on the Outside "helped rekindle the debate
this year." To read the June 8 news story, click
On June 6, The New York Times Book Review included Life
on the Outside in its annual list of books recommended for
summer vacation reading.
The popular web site The Smoking Gun held a contest to give away
five copies of Life on the Outside starting on May 20.
To check out the raffle and the site, click
On May 13, Elaine and Jennifer appeared on "The Tavis Smiley Show"
on NPR. To listen to their interview, click
here. (This is a streaming audio file that requires Real
Player or WindowsMedia.)
The New York Times published an op-ed by Jennifer Gonnerman
about the parole system on May 8. To read it, click
On April 29, a story about Elaine Bartlett and her family appeared
in The New York Times. To check out "At Last, the
Windows Have No Bars," click
Marty Moss-Coane interviewed Elaine and Jennifer on April 15 for
her daily talk show, which airs on WHYY in Philadelphia. Click
here to listen to their conversation. (This is a streaming
audio file that requires Real
Jennifer and Elaine appeared on “Inside Albany” on
April 10. The show airs on public-television stations across New
York State. Read about the segment here.
In the April 9 edition of the Daily News, Karen Hunter
wrote: "Our governor and legislators need to pick up Life
on the Outside, look at the face of Elaine Bartlett and ask
themselves whether justice is being served. There's only one conclusion."
Kojo Nnamdi interviewed Jennifer and Elaine on April 8 for his
daily talk show, which airs on WAMU in Washington, D.C. Click
here for details.
On April 8, Bill Thompson spoke with Elaine and Jennifer for “Eyes
on Books,” which airs on radio stations across the country.
Elaine and Jennifer appeared on "Your
Call" with host Farai Chideya on April 7. This show airs
on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco.
On April 6, Russell Simmons appeared with Elaine and Jennifer
on New York 1's "Inside City Hall.” To see Russell
in the green room with Elaine and her granddaughter, Baby Tara,
Elaine and Jennifer duked it out with Bill O'Reilly on "The O'Reilly
Factor" on April 6. The show, which airs on the Fox News Channel,
is the highest-rated news show on cable TV. To read a transcript
of the interview, click
Russell Simmons and Andrew Cuomo celebrated the publication of
Life on the Outside with Elaine and Jennifer at Hue-Man
bookstore in Harlem on April 5. Andrew and Russell spoke about
their plans to continue fighting the Rockefeller drug laws, and
Russell purchased 100 copies of the book. Here's a photo
of the event.
The Washington Post Book World published a review of
Life on the Outside on Sunday, April 4. Read the review
by clicking here.
The New York Times published a short excerpt of Life
on the Outside in its City Section on April 4. Click
here to check it out.
On April 4, a story about Elaine Bartlett and Life on the
Outside appeared in the New York Post. To check
out "Ex-Con's Road to Freedom," click
Jennifer and Elaine spoke and signed books at the Yale Bookstore
on March 29. Click
here to read a story about their event in the Yale Daily
On March 26, Jennifer and Elaine appeared on the national radio
show "Democracy Now" with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.
To listen to their interview, click
Elaine and Jennifer were interviewed March 24 on “The Leonard
Lopate Show” on WNYC. Listen to the show by clicking
here and then scrolling down.
On March 23, the Times Union of Albany published “A
Tale of Years Lost to Prison,” a feature story about
Life on the Outside.
Jennifer and Elaine traveled to Albany, NY for the first leg of
their book tour on March 22. After they met with State Senate
Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, he agreed to purchase 100 books
for all of the state’s senators. Click
here to read the story in The New York Times about
Debra J. Dickerson reviewed Life on the Outside in the
March/April issue of Mother Jones magazine. Click
here to read it.
Life on the Outside appeared on
the cover of The New York Times Book Review on Sunday,
March 21. To read Brent Staples’s review of the book, click
On March 13, Elaine and Jennifer were guests on Eddie Ellis’s
radio show, “On the Count,” on WBAI. (This weekly
show covers criminal justice issues and is popular with prisoners
across New York State.)
A review of Life on the Outside appeared in the March
issue of City Limits magazine. Read it by clicking
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