Episode 49: The Editor

8/26/2016, 8:00:00 AM , duration(0:0:1)
Personal Journals/Personal Journals Society & Culture
<p>In November of 1988, Robin Woods was sentenced to sixteen years in the notoriously harsh Maryland Correctional Institution. In prison, Robin found himself using a dictionary to work his way through a book for the first time in his life. It was a Mario Puzo novel. While many inmates become highly educated during their incarceration, Robin became such a voracious and careful reader he was able to locate a factual error in <em>Merriam Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia</em>. He wrote a letter to the encyclopedia's editor, beginning an intricate friendship that changed the lives of both men. Contributor Daniel A. Gross has the story. </p> <p>We're very excited to announce that we're taking the show on the road this fall, visiting Washington D.C., Durham, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Toronto. We'd love to see you. Learn more at <a href="http://thisiscriminal.com/live/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://thisiscriminal.com/live/</a>. </p> <p>Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. </p> <p> </p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CriminalShow/~4/ji1oTKoUyFc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>