“You don’t lose your right to humanity and dignity when you go to prison. We don’t go to prison for punishment. We come to prison as punishment.”
— Michelle Kosilek, once known as Robert, is serving a life term for murdering his wife in 1990. Kosilek offered a rationale as to why the state should pay for the surgery in a recent interview.

Listen to Michelle Kosilek’s interview here

Meet the girl with the WGBH tattoo

"I think ‘GBH is a way better part of the skyline than the Citgo sign. And a way more important contributor to the city of Boston in general."

Well shucks, Leigha.

thecuriositydesk:

Spies Like Them: Benedict Arnold, John Walker, And the Ones Who Got Away
This week marks the 273rd birthday of America’s favorite traitor, Benedict Arnold. Curious about treason in America beyond ol’ Arnold, I turned to Pulitzer-prize nominated author Richard Sale, an expert on the subject. We talked Arnold, Edward Snowden and some lesser-known American turncoats.
On Arnold:

He was a national hero before his fall. He was the most tragic of the traitors because he was a man of gigantic dimensions, where other traitors are like fleas on a bear, frankly. 

On why one goes turncoat:

In the old days, people spied because of ideology but that’s no more. Spies today spy because they want money.

He also talked about the spies who got away — including one placed deep inside one American President’s election campaign by the Soviets. Whoa. 
Read more.

thecuriositydesk:

Spies Like Them: Benedict Arnold, John Walker, And the Ones Who Got Away

This week marks the 273rd birthday of America’s favorite traitor, Benedict Arnold. Curious about treason in America beyond ol’ Arnold, I turned to Pulitzer-prize nominated author Richard Sale, an expert on the subject. We talked Arnold, Edward Snowden and some lesser-known American turncoats.

On Arnold:

He was a national hero before his fall. He was the most tragic of the traitors because he was a man of gigantic dimensions, where other traitors are like fleas on a bear, frankly. 

On why one goes turncoat:

In the old days, people spied because of ideology but that’s no more. Spies today spy because they want money.

He also talked about the spies who got away — including one placed deep inside one American President’s election campaign by the Soviets. Whoa. 

Read more.

“Who can explain the aggravating tendency of some who win an important Constitutional right to then turn around and seek to deny another, equally important right to their opponents?”