WBAI-FM Program Highlight
Health Action


Monday, February 3, 2014   11:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Tune in on February 3rd for Bob Lederer's interview with beloved human rights attorney Lynne Stewart, her husband and comrade Ralph Poynter, and their daughter and doctor, Zenobia Brown. Lynne served 4 years of a 10-year sentence on false charges of "aiding terrorism" at the federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas, until finally receiving compassionate release on December 31, 2013. This is an important victory for the movement to free U.S. political prisoners. A year ago, Lynne was diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer that had spread from her breast to her lung, bones, and back. Prison authorities waited three months to schedule her needed follow-up tests and hospital care. Lynne then underwent chemotherapy in the local Fort Worth hospital while shackled to her bed. It took a 9-month mass campaign by tens of thousands to pressure the U.S. Justice Department to finally apply to her sentencing judge for compassionate release, which was quickly granted.

Now 74, Lynne has lost weight and has trouble breathing; doctors estimate her lifespan at 12 months. In this upbeat interview, Lynne Stewart, Ralph Poynter and Zenobia Brown discuss how Lynne has been feeling better since her return home, her plans for a combined conventional and complementary treatment program, including a major nutritional component, and the fundraising efforts underway to cover the large costs she will have to bear for all this -- including a major celebratory event on February 14 in New York City.  (Thanks to John Riley for engineering the interview.)

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For links to archives of recent WBAI and other media coverage of Lynne's release, go to
For background info on Lynne Stewart's case and current situation, visit http://www.lynnestewart.org.

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If you miss the show, go to the audio archive any time after the show for a downloadable file at http://www.wbai.org/server-archive.html and scroll down to Mon., Feb. 3, 11 PM,  "Health Action" and 11:30 PM, "Feature Stories News Report" (which is pre-empted for this special).

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Activist and recently released political prisoner Lynne Stewart