Both Sides of the Bars

"Both Sides of the Bars" is a discussion-driven television program hosted by Andre Ward, Associate Vice President of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP). Featuring experts within the criminal justice field, the monthly program tackles critical questions about how the current system works, its intersections with social justice, and highlights the efforts that are being made to improve the lives of those impacted. 

The program is produced in conjunction with Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), a public access channel in New York, NY, but has national relevance and reach. "Both Sides of the Bars" is currently syndicated on 81 television stations, in 24 states.

“Both Sides of the Bars” is typically broadcast on the first Sunday of every month at 9 PM EST on New York City’s Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), syndicated on select public access television stations nationwide, and posted online.


Watch on Television

Catch “Both Sides of the Bars” on the following television stations (check local listings for details):

  • Berkeley, CA – Berkeley Community Media (BETV) 
  • Fresno, CA – Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC)
  • Long Beach, CA – PADNET.tv 
  • Millbrae, CA – Millbrae Community TV (MCTV)
  • Monrovia, CA – KGEM-TV 
  • Monterey, CA – AMP TV 5 
  • Napa, CA – Napa Public Access Cable TV (NapaTV)
  • Napa Valley, CA – Napa Valley TV
  • Oakland, CA –  KTOP-TV 10 
  • Pacifica, CA – Pacific Coast TV 
  • Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Media
  • Redding, CA – SCAC.TV
  • San Francisco, CA –  BAVC
  • San Francisco, CA – EATV 
  • Santa Cruz, CA – CTV
  • New Haven, CT – Citizens TV 
  • Seymour, CT – Naugatuck Valley TV 10 
  • Wilmington, DL – WITN 22
  • Tampa Bay, FL – TBCN
  • North Liberty, IA – North Liberty TV (NLTV) 
  • Batavia, IL – BATV
  • El Dorado, KS – BCTV Channel 20 
  • Amherst, MA – Amherst Media
  • Athol, MA – AOTV  
  • Bridgewater, MA – Bridgewater Cable Access (BTV-9) 
  • Brookline, MA – Brookline Interactive Group
  • Bridgewater, MA – BTV 
  • Cambridge, MA –  Cambridge Community TV
  • Canton, MA – Canton Community TV 
  • Carver, MA – Area 58 Community Access Media 
  • Eastham, MA – Lower Cape TV 
  • Somerville, MA – Somerville Community Access TV (SCATV)
  • Holbrook, MA – HCAM TV 
  • Hingham, MA – Harbor Media 
  • Ipswich, MA – Ipswich Community Access Media (ICAM)
  • Lexington, MA – LexMedia
  • Newburyport, MA –  Greater Newburyport Community Media Hub 
  • Newton, MA – NewTV
  • Northampton, MA – Northampton Open Media
  • North Reading, MA –  NORCAM
  • Sandwich, MA – Sandwich Community TV
  • Shelburne Falls, MA –  Falls Cable TV 
  • South Grafton, MA – GCTV11
  • Somerville, MA – Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV)
  • Whitman, MA –  Whitman Hanson Community Access (WHCA) 
  • Baltimore, MD – Engage Network 
  • Glen Burnie, MD – Anne Arundel Community TV
  • Takoma Park, MD – Takoma Park City TV  
  • Auburn, ME – Great Falls TV
  • Harpswell, ME – Harpswell TV
  • Portland, ME –  Portland Media Center  
  • Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor CTN
  • Kalamazoo, MI – Public Media Network 
  • Dakota County, MN – Dakota County Town Square TV
  • Inver Grove Heights, MN – Town Square TV
  • Missoula, MT – Missoula Community Access TV (MCAT) 
  • Chapel Hill, NC – The People’s Channel 
  • Greenville, NC – GPAT TV 
  • Pembroke, NC – University of North Carolina (WNPC-TV) 
  • Claremont Community TV, NH – Claremont Community TV
  • Derry, NH –  Derry Community Access TV
  • Portsmouth, NH –  Portsmouth Public Media
  • Piscataway, NJ –  Piscataway Community TV
  • Albuquerque, NM – GOV TV 
  • Silver City, NM – Community Access TV of Silver 
  • Bronx, NY – BronxNet
  • Brooklyn, NY – BRIC TV 
  • Greater Ossining, NY – Greater Ossining TV (GO-TV)
  • Ithaca, NY – Pegasys TV Center
  • New York, NY – CUNY TV 
  • New York, NY – Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN)
  • Queens, NY – Queens Public TV (QPTV) 
  • Dayton, OH –   DATV 
  • Portland, OR – Portland Community Media (PCM)
  • Erie, PA – CATVerie
  • Philadelphia, PA – PhillyCAM
  • Burlington, VT – Regional Educational Television Network (RETN) 
  • Bellevue, WA – Bellevue College 28
  • Renton, WA – Puget Sound Access (Carco Theatre) 
  • Seattle, WA – King County TV 
  • Algoma, WI – Algoma Community Access TV 
  • Hudson, WI – River Channel 
  • Westby, WI – Vernon Communications Coop 
  • Whitehall, WI – TCCTV
Watch Online

“Both Sides of the Bars” episodes are posted to The Fortune Society’s YouTube channel the week after its initial airing on MNN. Subscribe to the channel to get the latest updates. 

Watch past episodes of “Both Sides of the Bars” via the YouTube playlist below: 

Interested in airing “Both Sides of the Bars”?

The program is available at no charge to public access TV stations interested in ready-to-broadcast educational content.

Station managers may contact Paul Hyman at phyman@fortunesociety.org for more information.

For other questions or comments: 

Contact Achante Sims at asims@fortunesociety.org for other “Both Sides of the Bars” inquiries.

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