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Kite Line- May 24, 2019: Migrant Bodies, Uncaring Medicine, and the Lethal Politics of Detention

This week we hear a talk entitled, “Dying in Isolation: Migrant Bodies, Uncaring Medicine, and the Lethal Politics of Detention” Jonathan Inda is a professor of Latinx Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He paints a devastating picture of the detention conditions for migrants around the country, citing in particular an example where medical neglect caused the death of …

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Kite Line- May 17, 2019: Life Inside Hoosier Prisons

This week, we air part of a conversation with Branden Ackerson, a 36 year old survivor of an eighteen year sentence in the Indiana prison system. Newly released, he talks about taking the skills he learned throughout his life and honed in the DOC to become a successful writer while in the Indiana Prison Writers Workshop. He also shares some …

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Kite Line- May 10, 2019: Appealing the Death Penalty- A Conversation with Zolo Azania, Part Two

This week, we return to our conversation with Zolo Agona Azania, who was recently released after surviving decades on Indiana’s death row.  In the second part of the conversation, he talks about researching the death penalty and appealing his death penalty sentence. The efforts of Azania, his lawyers and supporters helped to successfully free him from death row and he …

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Kite Line- May 3, 2019: The Arc of Prison Struggles in Indiana- A Conversation with Zolo Azania, Part One

We recently sat down with Zolo Agona Azania, who was recently released after surviving decades on Indiana’s death row.  In this first section of the interview, he covers his early experiences in prison, the role of imprisoned Black Panthers in mentoring him, and the cycle of prisoners struggles that lasted in Indiana from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.  …

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Kite Line- April 26, 2019: Impacts of the Prisoners’ Movement, Part Three

This week, we finish our conversation between Toussaint Losier and Micol Seigel. This is part three of a series in which we hear Losier, author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement, speak to Seigel about his research while writing his book, in which he builds a cohesive picture of the long history of incarceration. In this final part of the conversation, Losier …

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Kite Line- April 19, 2019: Impacts of the Prisoners’ Movement, Part Two

This week continues the conversation between Toussaint Losier and Micol Seigel. This is part two of a series in which we hear Losier, author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement, speak to Seigel about his research while writing his book, in which he builds a cohesive picture of the long history of incarceration.  In this episode, Losier speaks about resistance to …

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Kite Line- April 12, 2019: Impacts of the Prisoners’ Movement, Part One

This week, we have a conversation between Toussaint Losier and Micol Seigel. This is part one of a series in which we hear Losier, author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement, speak to Seigel about his research while writing his book, in which he builds a cohesive picture of the long history of resistance to slavery and incarceration.  In this …

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Kite Line- April 5, 2019: Communication is a Human Right- More Reflections from Mark Cook

This week, Kite Line welcomes the continued contributions of Mark Cook, who we recorded in conversation with Alejo Stark.  Mark is a former prison rebel, dating back to ambitious organizing on the inside in the 1960s.  Following his release from prison, he co-founded the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party and later went underground with the George Jackson Brigade.  …

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Kite Line- March 29, 2019: If You Care, Grow Your Hair- Prison Rebellion Strategies from the 1960s

  This week, Kite Line welcomes the contributions of Mark Cook for a second time.  Mark is a former prison rebel, dating back to ambitious organizing on the inside in the 1960s.  Following his release from prison, he co-founded the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party and later went underground with the George Jackson Brigade.  Due to his guerrilla …

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Kite Line- March 22, 2019: Policing Los Angeles, Part Two

Last week, we heard the first part of a lecture by Max Felker-Kantor on policing in Los Angeles, from the Watts Rebellion in the 60s to the brutal police beating of Rodney King in the 90s. This week, he continues to talk about the police murder of Eula Love, and how her death affected the growing anti-police sentiment and protest …

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