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Leonard: Political Prisoner

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LEONARD: Political Prisoner is a new podcast that blends social justice with true crime. The series explores the astonishing series of events that led to Leonard’s arrest and conviction, the extraordinary efforts to free him, and the equally extraordinary efforts by the FBI to keep him behind bars. With a mix of archival audio, new interviews, and narration by Emmy Award-winner Peter Coyote, we revisit the facts of Leonard’s case and explore its repercussions in the context of the latest mass demands for racial justice inspired by the murder of George Floyd.

  • The Great Escape
    by Man Bites Dog Films on June 24, 2021 at 9:00 am

    To avoid the tragic fate of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull who were killed after surrendering to the US government, AIM leader Dennis Banks […]

  • Treaty Defender
    by Man Bites Dog Films on June 7, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Over the course of his tenure, President Trump issued 143 pardons, but he showed no mercy to Leonard Peltier. In this episode Leonard […]

  • Incident at Pacific Palisades
    by Man Bites Dog Films on December 3, 2020 at 10:00 am

    According to the documentary’s director, accomplished filmmaker Michael Apted (Coal Miner’s Daughter, Thunderheart, The World Is Not […]

  • Indigenous Resilience
    by Man Bites Dog Films on October 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Political prisoners are often forgotten because the government disappears them into the system. Leonard’s art draws attention back to his […]

  • I Ain’t No Young Man No More
    by Man Bites Dog Films on August 27, 2020 at 9:00 am

    The Bureau of Prisons makes it deliberately hard to interview federal inmates. In the case of political prisoners like Leonard Peltier, […]

  • Coincidental Witness
    by Man Bites Dog Films on August 13, 2020 at 9:00 am

    In June, 1975, reporter Kevin McKiernan traveled to South Dakota to cover the trial of AIM leader Dennis Banks who was standing trial for […]

  • Treaties, Goons, and G-Men (Part 2)
    by Man Bites Dog Films on July 30, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Edgar Bear Runner, the newly elected President of the Porcupine District of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, was just 25 on the morning […]

  • Treaties, Goons, and G-Men (Part 1)
    by Man Bites Dog Films on July 16, 2020 at 9:00 am

    The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation—full of gold, uranium, and oil—contains some of the most valuable land on the planet. But the Federal […]

  • Mr. Bear Runner Goes to Rushmore
    by Man Bites Dog Films on July 3, 2020 at 9:00 am

    To commemorate July 4, 2020, President Trump is traveling to the Black Hills of South Dakota to give a speech in front of Mount Rushmore. […]

  • June 26, 1975
    by Man Bites Dog Films on June 26, 2020 at 9:00 am

    On the morning of June 26, 1975, a firefight broke out on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and […]

  • Introducing LEONARD: Political Prisoner
    by Rory Owen Delaney, James Kaelan, Andrew Fuller on June 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Leonard Peltier has spent the last 44 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. This is the story of how he ended up behind bars, and […]

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