Sarah Shourd; Host
Sarah Shourd, is a journalist, playwright, and social justice activist. Raised by a radical-activist, working-class, domestic-violence-survivor mother; fighting injustice was instilled in Sarah at a very young age. In her 20s she engaged in human rights, anti-war, and international solidarity work around the world. Then, in 2008 Sarah moved to Damascus, Syria to start as a journalist. A year later she was captured while hiking near the unmarked Iran/Iraq border and subsequently held as a political hostage in incommunicado, solitary detention by the Iranian government for over a year. Sarah went on to use her high-profile imprisonment as a platform from which to advocate for and write about the 100,000 people in U.S. prisons being subjected to the cruelty and overuse of solitary confinement every day. Out of 5 years of research emerged two works: The BOX, a play about solitary confinement (which premiered at Z Space in San Francisco in 2016, Aplaycalledthebox.com); an anthology, Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement (2016, New Press); as well as numerous articles and op-eds (The New York Times, Mother Jones, CNN, Daily Beast, The San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, SF Magazine and more). Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt published the memoir she co-authored about her own imprisonment, A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran, in 2011. Shourd was awarded the 2016 Community Hero Award by San Francisco's GLIDE Memorial Church and is about to embark on a year at Stanford as a John S. Knight Fellow. For more information see sarahshourd.com.
Jeremy Dalmas; Senior Editor, Sound Engineer & Composer
Jeremy Dalmas is a reporter, producer, engineer and composer. Jeremy reported at KALW’s Crosscurrents for 5 years; has worked with W. Kamau Bell, NPR, Marketplace, The Guardian, Vox and The Daily Beast; and co-hosted the monthly on-stage talk show Oakland Nights... Live! As a composer Jeremy has scored radio, films, performances and 13 albums of original music.
Neda Nobari Foundation; Executive Producer
Promoting social and environmental justice through arts and education.