Media Interviews/Talks

For more recent media see Attica Media tab:


Heather Ann Thompson. Center for American Progress. Toward a More Perfect Union: Bringing Criminal Justice Reform to our Communities. Briefing on Incarceration from National Academies Report. May 28, 2015.

Heather Ann Thompson. Congressional Staff Briefing, House Judiciary Committee. May 26, 2015. Broadcast on CSPAN.

Heather Ann Thompson. Interviewed on The Heat. CCTV: Baltimore Uprising and Crisis in America’s Inner Cities. May 2, 2015.  Part Two and Part Three.

Heather Ann Thompson, Social Changes of the 1970s. CSPAN. January 2, 2015. (segments: 44:20-55:48, 1:13:40-1:14:38, 1:22:15-1:23:43, 1:30:20-1:31:50, 1:48:11-1:50:15, 1:50:50-1:51:54)

Heather Ann Thompson, Understanding the Ferguson Protests. CSPAN. January 3, 2015. (segments: 31:25-43:45, 1:22:00-1:24:00, 1:27:23-1:29:21, 2:04:23-2:05:23)

Heather Ann Thompson, Tension Between NYPD And De Blasio Mirrors Clashes From 1960s. HuffPost Live. December 29, 2014. (for entire interview click here)


Heather Ann Thompson. Prison Food as Punishment. BBC World News. February 27, 2016.

Heather Ann Thompson, “History of Mass Incarceration.” Wake up with Tayla Andre Show. October 7, 2015.

Heather Ann Thompson, The Crisis of Mass Incarceration in North Carolina. Frank Stassio’s The State of Things. WUNC. September 29, 2015

Heather Ann Thompson and Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Historians and the Carceral State. June, 2015

Heather Ann Thompson, Charleston and White Responsibility. Open Source Radio. June 25, 2015

Heather Ann Thompson, Mass Incarceration: Why Does it Matter? Drive By Jack. Radio. May 4, 2015.

Heather Ann Thompson, Can the US have “open prisons” like Finland? PRI World. April 15, 2015. (marker 5:12)

Heather Ann Thompson, “Americans in Jail.” Rear Vision. Australian Broadcasting Company. Sunday February 15, 2015.

Heather Ann Thompson, “Lessons from Attica and Mass Incarceration.”  Law and Disorder Radio. January 28, 2015

Heather Ann Thompson, “Ferguson and the Death of Michael Brown.” Rear Vision.Australian Broadcasting Company. September 14, 2014

Heather Ann Thompson, “Ending Conjugal Visits in Mississippi: The Costs” NPR’s Tell Me More with host Michel Martin. January 27, 2014.

Heather Ann Thompson, “How Mass Incarceration Distorts our Democracy,” on The Agenda, Sirius Radio. October 11, 2013.

Heather Ann Thompson, “Detroit, Baltimore, and Oakland: The Fate of America’s Cities,” On the Marc Steiner Show. Baltimore, MD. (begin marker 30:00)

Heather Ann Thompson, “From Attica to Current Justice Policy.” Interviewed by Matt Rothschild on The Progressive Radio Network. Sirius Radio.

Heather Ann Thompson, The History and Legacy of Mass Incarceration. Interviewed on public radio WHYY, Radio Times, by Marty Moss-Coane.

Heather Ann Thompson, “Attica and Why Mass Incarceration Matters in America,” Interview on public radio WYSU, Youngstown, OH. Program: Lincoln Avenue.

Heather Ann Thompson, “Labor History, Incarceration, and Detroit.” The Craig Fahlel Show. Public Radio. WDET. Detroit, MI.

Heather Ann Thompson, “What Happened to Detroit: The Costs of Carceral Crisis,” Interview by Peter Werbe. WRIF. Program: Night Call. (go to marker: 1:40:00)

Heather Ann Thompson, “Why Mass Incarceration Matters: Rethinking Crisis, Decline, and Transformation in Postwar American History“. Interviewed by Khalil Gibran Muhammad for the Journal of American History

Heather Ann Thompson, Interviewed on program: Prison Labor: Made in America. Free Speech Radio News.


Heather Ann Thompson, Interview. Why are Relations Between Black America and the Police so Poor?” BBC History Magazine. February, 2015


History and United States prison policy: an interview with Dr Heather Ann Thompson (Part I)

History and United States prison policy: An interview with Dr Heather Ann Thompson (Part II)


Heather Ann Thompson. On Policing Crisis. Princeton University. December 9, 2016

Heather Ann Thompson. Mass Incarceration in Detroit. October, 2016

Heather Ann Thompson, Why Mass Incarceration Matters. 36th Annual Marion Wright Thompson Lecture.  The Price Institute. Rutgers University, Newark. February 20, 2016

Heather Ann Thompson, Lessons from History in the Fight against Incarceration Today.National Network for Safe Communities. June 22, 2015. New York, New York.

Heather Ann Thompson, Why Mass Incarceration Matters. Pendle Hill Quaker Retreat.

Heather Ann Thompson, “Fighting a War on Poverty and Waging a War on Crime: Rethinking the Welfare State/Carceral State Divide.”  (36:50-48:55). The War on Poverty at 50. Symposium. University of Pennsylvania. September 20, 2014.

Heather Ann Thompson, “Why Mass Incarceration Matters to our Democracy.” (5:08-14:44). Interfaith Organizing Initiative, Summit on the Intersection of Criminalization and Race. May 8-9, 2014

Heather Ann Thompson, “Criminalizing Race, Racializing Criminals: Tayvon Martin, Tro Davis, and the Crisis of Mass Incarceration.” Dissent in America, Teach-In. Temple University, Philadelphia

Heather Ann Thompson, “Mass Incarceration and the Unmaking of Postwar America.” Auburn University. Auburn, Alabama

Heather Ann Thompson, “Distorting Democracy: Rethinking Politics and Power in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” February 21, 2013. The Havens Center. University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Heather Ann Thompson, “Million Dollar Blocks in Detroit and the Auto Industry”. The Murphy Institute. New York, New York.

Heather Ann Thompson, “Education in Prison, the Incarceration ‘Employment Penalty,’ and a March on Washington.” The Murphy Institute. New York, New York.

Heather Ann Thompson, “Why the Carceral Crisis? Corporations, Immigrant Detention, Stop and Frisk, Prison Labor.” The Murphy Institute. New York, New York.

Heather Ann Thompson, “Prison Labor: Problem Not Work, the Problem is Exploitation.” The Murphy Institute. New York, New York.

Heather Ann Thompson, “Why the Labor Movement Should Care about the Crisis of Mass Incarceration.” The Murphy Institute. New York, New York.

Heather Ann Thompson. Interviewed by History News Network. The War on Poverty and the War on Crime. The Organization of American Historians.

Heather Ann Thompson. Those Still Haunted by Attica. Interviewed by reporter Gary Craig. Democrat and Chronicle.

Heather Ann Thompson. Lessons from Attica. Interviewed by reporter Gary Craig. Democrat and Chronicle.