Madison Public Library’s Making Justice program, run by the Bubbler staff, is teaching incarcerated and at-risk youth to create podcasts, videos, visual art, and more.

A November 25 Wisconsin State Journal story highlighted the program’s work that engages local artists, culture makers, and Bubbler staff to share their crafts with participants. Local podcasting personality Dee Star, who presents the podcast OuttaDeeBox about mass incarceration, talked with the reporter about his podcasting class, which instructs on how to interview and record interesting guests discussing various subjects to create episodes.

“I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve asked the question, ‘What do you want to be?’ ” Star told the State Journal. “So many kids say, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to be alive.’ The ‘I don’t know’ is totally fine when you’re 15, 16. But to say you’re probably not going to be alive? It’s heartbreaking.”

Madison Public Library Foundation secured donations for Making Justice 2023 programming from Epic, The Capital Times Kids Fund, Public Health Madison Dane County, and Tim & Sharon Thousand.

You can support Making Justice by designating your gift to the program at donate or writing “Making Justice” in the memo line of your check. Read the story here, and visit the Making Justice page of the Bubbler website to learn more about the program.