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Death Penalty: Prison Superintendent | Roxane Gay's 'Difficult Women'


In this 2011 Statesman Journal file photo, a correctional officer mans a tower at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

In this 2011 Statesman Journal file photo, a correctional officer mans a tower at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

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  • Frank Thompson is a retired prison superintendent from the Oregon Department of Corrections. Though he oversaw Oregon’s only two executions in the modern era while on the job, he now opposes the death penalty. He joins us as part of our series of conversations about capital punishment in Oregon.
  • Author and essayist Roxane Gay joins us to talk about feminism, politics, and her new story collection, “Difficult Women.”

Editor’s Note: Roxane Gay will be reading at Powell’s City of Books at 7:30pm.

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