Inner Compass - Phyllis Bowdwin

“I looked to the sea of faces for some clue, some information that would help me to understand what was holding me, what was going on.”

Photo by Emily Thomas

Inner Compass

In this hour, three stories about questioning power dynamics…in the USSR, on the streets of NYC and on death row. Hosted by The Moth's Senior Producer, Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Phyllis Bowdwin takes on a silent assailant.

Sue Steinacher fights USSR bureaucracy with dog-diplomacy.

Gautam Narula is a teen when he bonds with a unique friend on death row.


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15:43
Quiet Fire

by Phyllis Bowdwin

Phyllis Bowdwin takes on a silent assailant.

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13:34
Vixen and the USSR

by Sue Steinacher

Sue Steinacher fights USSR bureaucracy with dog-diplomacy.

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12:10
Coming of Age on Death Row

by ​Gautam Narula

Gautam Narula is a teen when he bonds with a unique friend on death row.

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Extras From This Episode

Phyllis Bowdwin 

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Phyllis' cans of pepper spray.

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After she nailed the interview, Phyllis got the job! Here is her business card from back in the day.

Gautam Narula

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Gautam: "Me (age 15), Troy, and my sister, taken on November 9, 2008, during my second visit about six weeks after I first wrote him a letter. It was the only photo with him we ever got, and was taken by another inmate with a Polaroid."

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Gautam at Troy's grave in Savannah, GA, taken on September 21, 2012 (exactly one year after the execution).

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The envelope that contained Troy's final letter, which Gautam received on September 22, 2011, the day after his execution.

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Troy's grave.

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Troy's trial, taken in Savannah in August 1991.

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Gautam at Troy's grave on September 21, 2015, the day Remain Free was published and the four year anniversary of Troy's execution.

Sue Steinacher

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The team.

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Sue and Lonya.

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Diomedes in Winter.

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Vixen & the Glasnost pups.

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Vixen's homecoming.

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A drawing of Vixen.

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Crash at Uelen.

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Diomedes with Russian mainland.