Monthly Archives: July 2017

Episode 17: David Feige

The 800,000 registered sex offenders in the United States live under a totalitarian regime. They are legally barred from living in large portions of the country and denied access to employment, housing, and public spaces. Their movements and even their thoughts are monitored and controlled by law enforcement officers. Their names and faces are reported to the public, and vigilante groups hound them out of their homes. They are considered by nearly everyone in America to be the worst and most dangerous creatures in the world.

Because the film Untouchable calls all this into question, film distributors and the media have considered it to be untouchable as well. In this episode of Unregistered, I talk to the film’s writer, director, and producer, David Feige, who decided to take on what he calls “the darkest part of the criminal justice system.” David formerly worked as a public defender in New York City. He is the author of the memoir, Indefensible: One Lawyer’s Journey into the Inferno of American Justice, and co-creator of the TNT legal drama Raising the Bar. He is also the co-founder and board chair of The Bronx Freedom Fund, the first charitable bail organization in New York State. Last year he won the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award for Untouchable at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Episode 16: Conor Friedersdorf

If you’ve been missing political journalism that is skeptical of the use and abuse of power on both sides of the political aisle, then you’re going to love Conor Friedersdorf. Conor is a journalist and a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is also the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, which is a curated list of news articles and investigative reports that he disseminates through a newsletter.

Episode 15: Brett Veinotte

For this week’s episode of Unregistered I invite Brett Veinotte to my home in Oregon. Brett is the host and editor of the School Sucks Project. The School Sucks Project is a weekly podcast and web community dedicated to exposing the damaging effects of government school. Brett has spent more than 10 years working in private education in various capacities. We share our personal experiences with public schooling and wonder what the alternatives may be.

Episode 14: Mohamad Chaghlil

Mohamad Chaghlil is a Syrian refugee currently living in the United States. He was born in Damascus and lived there his entire life until he fled to Jordan in 2012. He was granted refugee status by the United Nations and came to America in December 2016. Before fleeing the Syrian Civil War he worked at his father’s business of designing and manufacturing of cabinets, shelves, and other furniture. Now he is trying to build a new life for himself in America.