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Kite Line- October 27, 2017: Fighting the Mail Ban

Last April, the Indiana Department of Corrections banned all correspondence to it’s 25,000 prisoners, except that which is handwritten on lined white paper. The official explanation is that this is an attempt to block trafficking of synthetic marijuana which can be applied to paper. But many prisoners and advocates have pointed to a long series of earlier measures targeting correspondence …

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Kite Line- October 20, 2017: The Rise of Mass Incarceration, Part Two

Our news this week focuses on the prisoners who are fighting California’s wildfires for as little as a dollar an hour while actually fighting fires. In total, about thirty-eight hundred male and female inmates are fighting fires in California. They constitute around thirteen percent of the state’s firefighters. Their low salaries save taxpayers a hundred twenty-four million dollars a year. …

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Kite Line- October 13, 2017: The Rise of Mass Incarceration, Part One

This week we share the first part of a lecture by Elizabeth Hinton delivered at IU on October 12.  In her talk, she traces the creation and rise of mass incarceration as a strategy of America’s ruling class.  Her historical research, which culminated in a book last year called “From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime,” demonstrates …

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Bring It On! – September 25, 2017

Hosts Leila Randle and William Hosea speak with Mayor Greg Goodnight of Kokomo. Mayor Goodnight describes changes in Kokomo, and how he benchmarks services in his town with other Indiana towns. Listen for some fascinating details! PART ONE Hosts Leila Randle and William Hosea speak with Mayor Greg Goodnight of Kokomo. Mayor Goodnight describes changes in Kokomo, and how he …

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Kite Line- September 22, 2017: Fighting Words

This week, we have two contributions –one closer to home and one many more miles away- but both aim to describe an unfair relationship of power each contributor’s community faces. We first hear an essay from a prisoner in Southern Illinois, followed by a statement sent to us from a member of the community of the Mapuche people in Chile. …

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Kite Line- September 15, 2017: Prison Lives Matter

This episode is an interview with Kwame Shakur, who is currently incarcerated at the Pendleton Correctional Institution. On August 11th , Indiana prison activists held a demonstration at the state capitol building in Indianapolis opposing new Indiana department of corrections regulations restricting incoming prisoner mail. The new policy prohibits all mail which is not hand written on white,lined paper. Though …

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Bring It On! – September 11, 2017

Hosts William Hosea and Cornelius Wright talk with Honorable Lonnie Randolph, Minority Whip, representing Indiana’s Senate District 2.  Topics include public policies that will address the primary concerns of minority citizens in Indiana., such as, reducing crime, gun violence and domestic violence within our communities: and targeting assistance to address the needs of families struggling to obtain basic necessities such …

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Bring It On! – August 21, 2017

Hosts Leila Randle and William Hosea speak with Liz Watson, a candidate for the Indiana 9th Congressional District. She is one of four Democrats now vying for the chance to compete in the 2018 election against incumbent U.S. Representative Trey Hollingsworth. Hear Liz’s perspective on what’s important in the coming election. PART ONE Hosts Leila Randle and William Hosea speak …

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Kite Line- August 18, 2017: Prisoner Perspectives on Reform

We cover a range of news in this week’s episode- from a brief history of Black August and the upcoming August 19th prison demonstrations, to current prison conditions in regards to education, visitation, and forced sterilization. We then read a letter from prisoner Keith Malik Washington about the continued suffering from extreme heat in Texas prisons. The rest of the …

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Bring It On! – August 14, 2017

Hosts Cornelius Wright and William Hosea have a special show on recent social justice incidents in our country occurring with greater regularity.  Guest Beth Applegate joins the show as co-chair of “Showing Up for Racial Justice”, or SURJ.  In this double header, Denise Valkyrie and Wanda Savala share their perspective as participants in the rally “Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville …

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