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Diane Richard and her husband Todd Melby sure know how to pick a project with a long uphill road to the finish line. On this Saltcast, we talk with Diane and Richard about "No Brother of Mine," their documentary on sex offender policy. Read the full description.

Logo200_small Diane Richard and her husband Todd Melby sure know how to pick a project with a long uphill road to the finish line. On this Saltcast, we talk with Diane and Richard about "No Brother of Mine," their documentary on sex offender policy.

The lengths Diane and Richard went to complete this project are suprising and inspiring. They collected an insane amount of tape (150 hours) following offenders in and out of prison over four years. They received a pittance for this work -- $5,000. And, they went out of their way to preserve their anonymity to protect their safety.

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Diane Richard and her husband Todd Melby sure know how to pick a project with a long uphill road to the finish line. On this Saltcast, we talk with Diane and Richard about "No Brother of Mine," their documentary on sex offender policy.

The lengths Diane and Richard went to complete this project are suprising and inspiring. They collected an insane amount of tape (150 hours) following offenders in and out of prison over four years. They received a pittance for this work -- $5,000. And, they went out of their way to preserve their anonymity to protect their safety.