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National Writers Series: Dr. Benjamin Gilmer

Benjamin Gilmer
Shawn K. Roach

Dr. Benjamin Gilmer is a family physician and professor, but he’s best known for his work bringing attention to the injustice of mass incarceration of people with mental illness. In 2013, This American Life radio producer Sarah Koenig collaborated with Benjamin on a story called “Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde,” based on his experience with another physician who has mental illness and committed a crime, and who also happens to share the last name Gilmer. It became one of the most popular episodes the show ever produced. Now, Benjamin has a new book called “The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, A Murder, and an Unlikely Fight for Justice.” Benjamin appeared at a National Writers Series event that took place at the City Opera House in Traverse City. He spoke with April Baer, host of Michigan Radio’s Stateside.

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