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Kite Line

Kite Line is a radio program devoted to prison issues around the Midwest and beyond. Behind the prison walls, a message is called a kite: whispered words, a note passed hand to hand, or a request submitted to the guards for medical care. Illicit or not, sending a kite means trusting that other people will bear it farther along till it reaches its destination. On the show, we hope to pass along words across the prison walls.

Kite Line: December 16, 2016 – Community Policing

This week, we are sharing a conversation we had with Kristian Williams, author of Our Enemies in Blue and American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination. Kristian spoke at IU earlier this month on the history of policing in America, but we were eager to pick his brain about the intersections of police, racism, and prisons. He argues that …

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Kite Line: December 9, 2016 – Immigration and Incarceration

This week’s episode begins to explore the intersections of borders, documentation, and incarceration. We look at the history of U.S. immigration policy, and how immigrant detention has become such a racialized institution. We also hear from a local latinx poet, and learn about local initiatives led by undocumented communities across the state.

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Kite Line: December 2, 2016- Dignity in Detention, from Standing Rock to the Spanish State

Our focus this week is on Red Fawn Fallis, currently detained in North Dakota after her arrest on October 27, at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. We speak to a member of the International Indigenous Youth Council- and longtime friend of hers, Mia Stevens, about Red Fawn’s situation. We hear updates on the ongoing repression against striking prisoners, and read …

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Kite Line: November 25, 2016 – Female Survival in Prison

This episode is the second installment exploring women within prisons. First, we get updates on struggles in Bulgaria and Turkey, hear about proposed changes to solitary confinement, and learn about the case of Red Fawn, a Colorado woman arrested at the Standing Rock occupation against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Micol Seigel interviews two women, Ana and Michelle, who have done …

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Kite Line: November 18, 2016 – Families and Prison, Part Two

This week’s episode is the second installment of our Families and Prison series. We speak with April, a formerly-incarcerated mother who works with House of Hope in Martinsville, Indiana. She shares her experiences and thoughts about the issues facing women in prison, as well as the work she has been doing since her release. We also hear some updates about …

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Kite Line: November 12, 2016 – Families and Prison, Part One

This week is our first installment of a series covering the impact of prison on families. This episode focuses on Wendi Middleton, who works in the Indiana Women’s Prison with her organization Angel’s Wings, which provides a variety of services to incarcerated women, from newly pregnant mothers to women who became prisoners while being the primary caregiver for their children. …

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Kite Line: November 4, 2016 – Sekou Kambui

This week, we return to the experiences and stories of Sekou Kambui, who was incarcerated for 47 years in Alabama prisons. He was originally charged due to his commitment to Black liberation and organizing in the deep south. In this interview with James Kilgore, we get a picture of the New Afrikan practices of self-education and jailhouse legal work which …

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Kite Line: October 28, 2016 – Hunger and Work Strikes

We learn about the Chicago Community Bond Fund, a group that bails people out of Chicago’s Cook County Jail and strives to end pretrial detention. James Kilgore speaks with Alfred Woodfox and Robert King of the Angola 3. Rounding out this week’s episode, we have part of Kilgore’s interview with Sekou Kambui, a longtime New Afrikan political prisoner, who reflects …

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Kite Line: October 21, 2016 – The Bomani Episode

The Bomani Episode This week, we focus on a topic that is close to many of us on the outside: the story and struggle of political prisoner and Ohio death row inmate Bomani Shakur (known to the state as Keith Lamar). We begin our episode with an update on Marius Mason, news from the Kinross Correctional Facility, Holman Prison, and …

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Kite Line – October 14, 2016: Habeas Corpus

The focus this week is on the impact of habeas corpus both for prisoners and their loved ones. We begin with news on a call-in effort for queer and trans prisoners in Michigan, followed by updates on the death due to neglect of a Michigan prisoner and the forced transfer of an Alabama prisoner. We touch on the story of …

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