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Kite Line is a weekly radio program and podcast that focuses on issues in the prison system and beyond. On the inside, a message is called a kite: whispered words, a note passed hand to hand, or a request submitted to guards for medical care. Illicit or not, sending a kite means trusting that other people will pass it farther along, until it reaches its destination. We make this show to pass along words, across the prison walls.

Location:

Bloomington, IN

Description:

Kite Line is a weekly radio program and podcast that focuses on issues in the prison system and beyond. On the inside, a message is called a kite: whispered words, a note passed hand to hand, or a request submitted to guards for medical care. Illicit or not, sending a kite means trusting that other people will pass it farther along, until it reaches its destination. We make this show to pass along words, across the prison walls.

Language:

English

Contact:

(812) 269-2512


Episodes
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365 | Resisting the Rise of State Violence

7/5/2024
This week, we are sharing a piece created for Montreal community radio station CKUT, on the show Other Worlds on Earth. The piece provides an excellent analysis of the case against Krystal and Peppy, two organizers in Pittsburgh targeted by the FBI and who are alleged to have acted in solidarity with trans people. After... The post 365 | Resisting the Rise of State Violence first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:54

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364 | Organizing on Both Sides of the Walls with Leon Benson

6/27/2024
After our news, we are sharing the final installment of our conversation with Leon Benson, who was recently exonerated and released after decades in the Indiana prison system. Leon is an inspiring organizer who fought for freedom for other prisoners, organized self-education circles inside, and has, since release, jumped into important community empowerment projects. We... The post 364 | Organizing on Both Sides of the Walls with Leon Benson first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59

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363 | Are We Here for the Camp or for Divestment?

5/24/2024
This week, we spoke with an NYU professor about the Gaza encampment movement there. Through this conversation, the global stakes of place-based struggles come to the foreground, as we wrestle with balancing local demands for divestment versus the way the camps themselves are resonating in Gaza; Palestinians seem most excited by the fact that a... The post 363 | Are We Here for the Camp or for Divestment? first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:29:00

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362 | The Dunn Meadow Liberated Zone

5/2/2024
Eight days ago, students and others established a tent camp – a Liberated Zone – at IU’s Dunn Meadow, as part of a national rising tide of protest against Israel’s war in Gaza. Within hours, Indiana State Police arrived from Indianapolis and attacked the students, injuring dozens and arresting 34 students and faculty. The protesters... The post 362 | The Dunn Meadow Liberated Zone first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59

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361 | Studies in Dignity

2/8/2024
This week, we focus on two people who are studies in dignity in the face of state repression. Jack Mazurek was arrested in Atlanta yesterday and charged with arson. These allegations stemmed from an attack last July on police motorcycles, which was rooted in the movement against Cop City. He is standing strong despite the... The post 361 | Studies in Dignity first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59

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360 | Leon Benson is Free

1/12/2024
For our first episode of the new year, we wanted to begin sharing an interview with Leon Benson. In this conversation, he covers his release from prison, reflections on the treatment he received from the authorities, and his work on the outside. This is a special privilege for Kite Line, since we have aired Benson’s... The post 360 | Leon Benson is Free first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59

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359 | Written from the Inside

12/8/2023
In this episode, we have our monthly round up of prison disturbances, as compiled by Perilous Chronicle. Afterwards, we have a conversation with Sophia Johnson, also known as Candle, who is an anarchist writer who currently serving a sentence in Oregon. In this conversation, she talks about writing in prison, and her ongoing struggle to... The post 359 | Written from the Inside first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59

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358 | Block Cop City

11/24/2023
Since 2021, a diverse movement in has challenged the construction of Cop City, which is slated to destroy Atlanta’s South River Forest. The forest is also known by its Muscogee name, Weelaunee. The movement has created new intersections between abolitionist and environmental politics, since it is defending a forest with important ecological elements for the surrounding... The post 358 | Block Cop City first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:29:08

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357 | Transforming Trauma- Voices from Inside-Out

9/16/2023
Content Warning: This episode contains references to sexual trauma and harm. We start off this episode with our monthly round up of prison disturbances, as compiled by Perilous Chronicle- followed by some recent prison news. We close our episode with a feature created by students as part of Dr. Micol Seigel’s Inside Out program at... The post 357 | Transforming Trauma- Voices from Inside-Out first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59

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356 | Advocacy Into Action

7/31/2023
And now we return to the second part of our conversation between Micol Seigel and Amanda Hall. Last week, Hall talked to us about how her firsthand experience of incarceration led her to her current work in prisoner and re-entry support. And now she talks through her continuing advocacy through Dream.org and the ACLU. You... The post 356 | Advocacy Into Action first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59

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355 | Experience Into Advocacy

7/26/2023
For this episode, we share the first part of a conversation between Micol Seigel and Amanda Hall. Hall talks to us about how her firsthand experience of incarceration led her to her current work in prisoner and re-entry support. We will air the second part of this conversation next week. You can find out more... The post 355 | Experience Into Advocacy first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59

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354 | The Atlanta Solidarity Fund

6/2/2023
On the morning of May 31st, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Atlanta Police Department raided a house and arrested three staff members of the Atlanta Solidarity Fund. The Atlanta Solidarity Fund is a non profit organization that supports those arrested for protesting or otherwise prosecuted for involvement in social movements. Over the last year, the... The post 354 | The Atlanta Solidarity Fund first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59

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353 | Prison by Any Other Name, Part One

5/19/2023
This week on Kite Line we air a discussion from 2021, in which we speak with prison abolitionist journalists Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law. We share the first part of our discussion on their recent book, Prison by Any Other Name: Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms. The book is an in-depth look at the various “alternatives... The post 353 | Prison by Any Other Name, Part One first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:58

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352 | Crisis and Neglect

4/21/2023
The U.S. was shaken this week by the death of Lashawn Thompson in Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail. He had been moved to the psychiatric ward after being jailed on a simple battery charge. Physically healthy when he was arrested, he was left in a cell infested with bed bugs and other vermin. Michael Harper, an... The post 352 | Crisis and Neglect first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59

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351 | A History of Sexual Policing

4/14/2023
This week, we share the final part of a conversation about policing sex. Micol Seigel talks to Anne Gray Fischer about her book, The Streets Belong to Us: Sex, Race, and Police Power from Segregation to Gentrification. Today, their focus turns to Boston and Atlanta, discussing Boston’s vice district, known as the Combat Zone, and... The post 351 | A History of Sexual Policing first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59

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350 | The Rising Chorus Against Cop City

4/7/2023
First, we have our monthly round up of prison disturbances, as compiled by Perilous Chronicle. Afterwards, Angela Davis shares a statement in support of the Stop Cop City movement. And we finish sharing a panel hosted by Haymarket Books on the abolitionist struggle to Stop Cop City. In this section, we hear organizer Kwame Olufemi of Community... The post 350 | The Rising Chorus Against Cop City first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59

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349 | The Origins of Cop City, Part Three

4/1/2023
This week we continue sharing a panel hosted by Haymarket Books on the abolitionist struggle to stop Cop City. In this section, we hear Hugh Farrell in conversation with Sarah Haley, a leading historian of Black feminism in the South, organizer Kwame Olufemi of Community Movement Builders, and journalist Micah Herskind. Haley roots contemporary resistance to... The post 349 | The Origins of Cop City, Part Three first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

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348 | The Origins of Cop City, Part Two

3/24/2023
This week, we continue sharing Haymarket Press’s panel, “the Abolitionist Struggle against Cop City.” In this segment, Stuart Schrader and Micah Herskind fill in the past 40 years of historical context for why the Cop City project is being pushed through specifically in Atlanta. Schrader teaches at Johns Hopkins University and wrote Badges without Borders: How... The post 348 | The Origins of Cop City, Part Two first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59

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347 | The Origins of Cop City

3/16/2023
This week we begin sharing a panel hosted by Haymarket Books on the abolitionist struggle to stop Cop City. In this section, we hear from Kwame Olufemi, of Community Movement Builders, and Sarah Haley, a leading historian of Black feminism in the South. Olufemi powerfully situates in the Cop City proposal in Atlanta’s recent history. ... The post 347 | The Origins of Cop City first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

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346 | We Have To Stick Together

3/10/2023
During a dramatic week of action in the Atlanta forest this past week, hundreds of forest defenders sabotaged a construction site for the unpopular “Cop City” development. Police responded with an act of extreme collective punishment against the entire movement, attacking a nearby Stop Cop City music festival, tasing, beating, and arresting concertgoers at random. ... The post 346 | We Have To Stick Together first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:59