Piper Kerman


Author of "Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison"

Piper Kerman appears in the following:

What is Prison For? Piper Kerman and Glenn Martin

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What's the goal of prison, and what kinds of punishments work and don't work within the prison system?

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Guest Picks: Piper Kerman

Friday, July 19, 2013

Piper Kerman was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. It's the basis of the new Netflix series. She also told us she's been reading and watching recently!

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Orange Is the New Black: Piper Kerman on Her Year in Prison

Friday, July 19, 2013

Piper Kerman talks about being sentenced to 15 months at a federal correctional facility. She writes about her experience in her memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s P...

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An Unlikely Inmate Looks Back on Her Time in Prison

Thursday, April 08, 2010

When Piper Kerman graduated from Smith College she veered away from the typical middle class lifestyle and chose, for a time, to go a different way. She fell in with a group of charismatic drug smugglers and ended up traveling to fine resorts around the world to help traffic drug money.

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An Excerpt from 'Orange is the New Black'

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


An excerpt from Piper Kerman's "Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison."

Chapter One

Are You Gonna Go My Way?

International baggage claim in the Brussels airport was large and airy, with multiple carousels circling endlessly. I scurried from one to another, desperately trying to find my black suitcase. Because it was stuffed with drug money, I was more concerned than one might normally be about lost luggage.

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