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November In My Soul

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November In My Soul is a narrative podcast-in-production that looks at California’s relationship to mental illness and loss of liberty through a historical and intersectional lens. In each episode we’ll take you on a deeply-reported journey. We’ll show you how some of our darkest history still influences our current crisis — and point the way toward dignity-based reforms that make healing possible. Check out our video trailer here:



Our preview episode brings you to Siskiyou County, where rural expanses pose challenges of their own. There’s a saying in this remote county that abuts the Oregon border — that geography is destiny. And for Marlene Baker it was. To get the help she needed, she had to commit a crime. Not just any crime, but a felony. But stick with us, and you’ll discover what can happen when public defenders, prosecutors, judges and mental health officials collaborate to try to break the cycle of mental illness and incarceration. Spoiler alert: It’s good news for Marlene.


Project co-directors: Lee Romney and Jenny Johnson.
Editor/Engineer: Gabe Grabin

This episode includes musical compositions by Blue Dot Sessions (in order): Lowbrow, When in the West, November Mist, Watermarks, Turning to You, Arch, Reptile Theme, Indirect, The Answer, The Nocturne — Eleven, A Calendar Spread, Building the Sled, Step In Step Out, Dropped Ticket. They come from the following albums: Landsman Duets, Crab Shack, Simple Machines, Reptile, Intent, The Nocturne, Resolute.