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 The untold story of how a group of incarcerated men reshaped rehabilitation in California


This season, we’ve followed one man with a life sentence who got an unexpected second chance at life. But before he came home, GILBERT BAO helped revolutionize the whole concept of rehabilitation in  prisons. 
HE AND OTHER INCARCERATED MEN took on the work of changing themselves — and with them, an entire prison system.
This 10-part audio documentary series launched in November 2022. Sign up below for our newsletter so you don’t miss any of our online events. And while you wait, check out the trailer above for AFTER LIFE.
AFTER LIFE is co-published with Voices of Monterey Bay. 
This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit 


We make documentaries for your ears.

We tell the stories of people who are trying to get beyond labels of right and wrong or good and evil to get to something even bigger: redemption. Gray Area deals with some  
pretty heavy stuff, but it also lightens up when you least expect it.

As our co-producer Mara Reynolds says, it’ll make you cry — but in a good way. So please check out Season One.

— Julie Reynolds Martinez

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