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Oscar Grant’s Father Reflects On The Tenth Anniversary Of His Son’s Killing

Steve Drown/KALW

Oscar Grant Jr., father of Oscar Grant, in KALW's radio lab at Solano State Prison in Vacaville.

Steve Drown/KALW

Jan. 1, 2019 marked the tenth anniversary of Oscar Grant’s death at the hands of a police officer at a BART station in Oakland. His killing sparked protests and inspired the ongoing movement for greater police accountability.

Until now, no one has interviewed his father, Oscar Grant, Jr. He’s incarcerated at Solano State Prison, where fellow inmate JulianGlenn Padgett taped an emotional conversation with Grant’s father for Uncuffed, a program that teaches radio production skills inside the facility.

KALW producer and trainer Eli Wirtschafter will share the piece and explain how his students are using radio to tell each others’ stories.

Correction: A previous version of this webpage misidentified Uncuffed lead producer Eli Wirtschafter's role with the program. It has been corrected.

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