1. Chris
    Chris July 9, 2017 at 6:56 am | | Reply

    Superb episode Erica and good luck TO. I am sure you will enjoy the Plain life.

  2. Kelly Green
    Kelly Green July 9, 2017 at 4:48 pm | | Reply

    This was distressing. How is TO ever going to set up a life in the suburbs? How does anyone reach their goals when those goals may be impossible to reach? How would I strike out and start over? And am I afraid like TO to leave my metaphorical prison? Am I institutionalized too? I identified with TO.

  3. David
    David July 9, 2017 at 6:59 pm | | Reply

    Yes this was an EXCEPTIONAL EPISODE!

    I want to thank Erica and TO as this was a great partnership that made this episode so good.

    TO good luck, take it day by day.

  4. Albert Trotter
    Albert Trotter July 10, 2017 at 11:52 am | | Reply

    phenomenal episode it is..good luck TO

  5. CJ
    CJ July 10, 2017 at 10:02 pm | | Reply

    Another interesting podcast! I don’t know what determines the length of your podcasts, you certainly must have many more questions – I know I did.

    I hope you plan to do a follow up on this gentleman in 6 months or so.

  6. Hilton Dier III
    Hilton Dier III July 11, 2017 at 10:18 am | | Reply

    This was a moving, informative, and timely piece of work.

    Anyone who has read the numbers can tell you that our “cage and dump” penal system is not working. We need to change the criminal justice system, and more importantly, the systems that precede it, to deal with the *why* of crime.

    I hope TO can find a new way of living, but I know that everything in our society is stacked against him.

  7. Susan W. Randall
    Susan W. Randall July 12, 2017 at 8:14 pm | | Reply

    Erica, I just spent the afternoon and evening with T.O., and I gave him a chance to listen to the show on my laptop, as he didn’t have a computer or phone that would play it. He was deeply moved and so very grateful to you for taking the time to not just hear him, but that you really listened. THANK YOU for showing up and getting it all down, in spite of the deluge that day! T.O. even played the show for his class at CCV today, and his fellow students were in tears. Now a month out, he is hitting his stride, and doing all the right things and making good choices. He also came out on a boat for the first time in his life last night, (had only been on the Staten Island ferry) and watched the sunset on Lake Champlain. You did an amazing job on this show. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. This show is really important for all of us to hear. See you in six months!

  8. Deb
    Deb July 13, 2017 at 8:29 am | | Reply

    “I’m hungry for a plain life”. If only those living the plain life knew the hunger. We so often assume everyone has their basic needs met.
    Listening to the podcast i’m thinkink to myself… dang that is some rain storm.
    Thank you for another moving listen.

  9. Bess O'Brien
    Bess O'Brien July 15, 2017 at 1:19 pm | | Reply

    What a poet. What a voice. “A bigger plantation”–yeah…I hear ya.
    Great segment Erica.
    “I want a plain life”. powerful.

  10. Ed Kennedy
    Ed Kennedy July 16, 2017 at 2:15 pm | | Reply

    I was struck by the universality of never being able to make a decision. This is true of many people: those in orphanages, in mental institutions, those not institutionalized but captives in their own heads.
    So many of us ‘normal’people can’t imagine what it is like.
    Very powerful segment.

  11. Anne
    Anne July 17, 2017 at 3:03 pm | | Reply

    Such a powerful and moving episode; well done. If TO can qualify for 3SquaresVT, he might qualify for JFI too. Both can help. Good luck TO.

  12. Tiffini Daubert
    Tiffini Daubert August 19, 2017 at 8:56 pm | | Reply

    Great episode. It is so distressing that our criminal justice system sets people up to fail when released. How can we expect someone with no family, no help, to just “figure it out.” I can tell TO is ready for a new life, and he has the hunger it takes to be successful. I am rooting for him, I truly am. There is a ‘plain life’ out there for him. Making the right choice is never easy, but if you stay the path and keep moving forward, you will be proud of what you can accomplish. Hang tough, TO!! We are all rooting for you!!

  13. Pedro Cote
    Pedro Cote December 30, 2020 at 12:18 am | | Reply

    Wow! Hope T.O. is doing OK. Congratulations for this episode. It speaks about failed institutions, the failing war on drugs, the economic inequality and what the rain represent to a person.

  14. Toya
    Toya January 1, 2021 at 11:24 pm | | Reply

    I love this. Unfortunately he’s back in jail and in the process of being shipped back to Vermont. I know him and I just read the book he’s working on. I’m praying he gets it published and makes something out of his life when he gets released. He just needs a helping hand.

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