December 1, 2022

EP. 139 — Art and Prison Reform with Jesse Krimes

Artist and activist Jesse Krimes joins Jameela to share his powerful story. He describes his experience being incarcerated, discusses how solitary confinement was used as a manipulation tactic, explains the ways that prison is both violent and human, shares the way the prisoners were manipulated, details the racism which pervades the system, and explores how art saved his life in more ways than one.

Check out Jesse Krimes’ documentary – ART & Krimes by Krimes – now streaming on Paramount+

Follow Jesse on Instagram and Twitter @jesse_krimes

You can find transcripts for this episode on the Earwolf website.

I Weigh has amazing merch – check it out at

Jameela is on Instagram and Twitter @JameelaJamil

And make sure to check out I Weigh’s Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube for more!


IWEIGH-139-20221130-JesseKrimes-ACv01-DYN.mp3 Jameela [00:00:00] Hello and welcome to another episode of I Weigh with Jameela Jamil. I hope you’re well and I hope you’re ready because this is a fucking bonkers chat. My guest is so impressive that I was left in shock for a few hours after talking to him because his story is not only really inspiring, but is deeply, deeply humbling. What he’s been able to do with so much trauma just decades of trauma, how he’s been able to turn them into social justice work and advocacy. It’s very rare that anyone is ever able to be able to pull themselves back from truly the depths of hell and then go on to be able to try to save others. And the work that he’s doing is potentially going to change millions and millions and millions of people’s lives. His name is Jesse Krimes. He’s a Philadelphia based artist, curator, advocate and the co-founder of Right of Return USA. Now, in 2009, after a traumatic childh

Recent Episodes

January 26, 2023

Biochemist and author Jessie Inchauspe (Aka – the Glucose Goddess) joins Jameela to talk about the many ways glucose affects your body.

January 19, 2023

Author and podcast host Aubrey Gordon joins Jameela this week to discuss her new book “You Just Need To Lose Weight” and 19 Other Myths About Fat People.

January 12, 2023

Author and podcaster Amanda Montell joins Jameela this week discuss all things cults. They cover what makes a cult vs. what makes something cult-ish, what to be on the look out for when assessing if something is a cult (or cult-ish), the dangers of large cults or the cult of one, the cultish qualities of the diet and wellness industries, and more.