"409 Days" Part 1: Locked Up in Nicaragua

March 04, 2013


       In October 2010 Evan Whitehall left Cashmere, Washington for a life of

surfing and adventure in Nicaragua. 4 months later he was in prison, facing a 3 year sentence for marijuana

possession. In the end he was incarcerated in the Central American country for 14 months, a harrowing tale

recounted in his newly penned memoir “409 Days”, which will be released soon.

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Isaac Kaplan-Woolner sat down with Whitehall for an extended interview about his experiences surviving in prison,

securing his eventual release, and adjusting back to life in the United States. The interview has been broken up

into a three part series.

So today we present to you a first look at “409 Days”, and Evan Whitehall’s time

locked up in Nicaragua, starting with the author reading a passage from the book set soon after he was first



tomorrow’s segment we will get more in depth with Whitehall about his time in prison in Nicaragua, how he

dealt with violence, and what he learned about himself from these experiences.