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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.

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

287 | How Prison Hides

1/20/2022
This week, we share two features dealing with the cunning ways that the carceral system conceals itself and the harm it causes. The first is an account from Adrien Espinoza, who has been on the show before, speaking about conditions in the Maricopa County Jail. As a child, Adrien survived the Adobe Mountain School in... The post 287 | How Prison Hides first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:57

286 | Sick in the Indiana Women’s Prison

1/14/2022
This week, we air an interview with WFYI reporters Lauren Bavis and Jake Harper in Indianapolis. They co-host the podcast called Sick, the second season of which focuses on health care issues in the Indiana Women’s Prison. As they share on the show, the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic ignited their interest in IWP and... The post 286 | Sick in the Indiana Women’s Prison first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:58

285 | We Understand How They’ll Play with Our Lives in Here

1/11/2022
The explosive spread of the Omicron variant has brought our focus back to the COVID-vulnerability the prison system imposes on its captives. This week, we speak to two people — one outside and one inside the walls — dealing with the effects of COVID on California prisoners.. We start off with an interview with Olivia... The post 285 | We Understand How They’ll Play with Our Lives in Here first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:57

284 | Russell Maroon Shoatz, In His Own Words

12/30/2021
This week, we honor the late Russell Maroon Shoatz. On December 17th, Russell Maroon Shoatz passed away. In 1970, Shoatz was convicted for the murder of a police officer in Pennsylvania and was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. On February 20, 2014, Shoatz was returned to the prison’s general population after... The post 284 | Russell Maroon Shoatz, In His Own Words first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:45

283 | Revolutionaries in Isolation

12/24/2021
This week, Mwalimu Shakur calls us from inside Corcoran prison in California to share his experiences in the Secure Housing Unit. He’s been on the show before, talking about the gladiator fights used by guards to punish and control the imprisoned population. Housed in Corcoran for decades, he describes how he kept going under such... The post 283 | Revolutionaries in Isolation first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:46

282 | Carceral Nonprofits

12/17/2021
We are sad to report that Russell Maroon Shoatz, who was recently granted compassionate release after his decades in prison, has passed away. This week, we return to the final part of our conversation about carceral non-profits with Zhandarka Kurti and Jarrod Shanahan. Kurti is a professor of criminology and Criminal Justice at Loyola University... The post 282 | Carceral Nonprofits first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:45

281 | Twice-stolen Wealth

12/11/2021
This week, we cover carceral non-profits in an interview with Drs. Zhandarka Kurti, a professor of criminology and Criminal Justice at Loyola University Chicago, and Jarrod Shanahan, professor of criminal justice at Governors State University in Chicago. Bella Bravo interviews Zhana and Jarrod, who are abolitionist scholars researching incarceration, and in recent years, their work... The post 281 | Twice-stolen Wealth first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:47

280 | Brutal Jail Conditions in Maricopa County

12/3/2021
We begin our episode with our monthly round up of prison disturbances contributed by Perilous Chronicle. We close out the episode with a call from Adrien Espinoza, who is currently housed in Maricopa County in Arizona. Espinoza, who got his paralegal degree inside, has contributed to the Prisoner Correspondence Project, the Silvia Rivera law project,... The post 280 | Brutal Jail Conditions in Maricopa County first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:47

279 | Prison’s Durable Harm

11/26/2021
Our news today is focused on the long-term consequences of incarceration. Not only was one of the oldest juvies in the country finally shut down due to systemic abuse of young prisoners, but a number of old school imprisoned militants, from Khalfani Khaldun to Sundiata Acoli, are being hit with repression or are fighting for late-life... The post 279 | Prison’s Durable Harm first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:44

277 | Prison Phone Justice

11/11/2021
This week, our guest is Bianca Tylek, who fills us in about the prison phone industry. GTL and Securus among others profit off of prisoners and their families by charging them exorbitant fees for access to the phone lines which are so key for surviving prison. Recent coverage confirming that Sesame Street had entered a partnership caused... The post 277 | Prison Phone Justice first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:44

276 | The Long Tail of Abuse in the NY Carceral System

11/5/2021
This week, we finish our conversation with Kelly Grace Price about the campaign to close Rosie’s. Rosie’s refers to the Rose M. Singer Facility, an all-women’s jail on Rikers Island. On average, Rosie’s detains around 630 women, girls, transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex females while they await trial. Suzanne Singer, the granddaughter of the jail’s... The post 276 | The Long Tail of Abuse in the NY Carceral System first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:47

275 | Close Rosie’s

10/29/2021
This week, we hear from Kelly Grace Price, a co-creator of the Close Rosie’s campaign. Rosie’s refers to the Rose M. Singer Facility, an all-women’s jail on Rikers Island. On average, Rosie’s detains around 630 women, girls, transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex females while they await trial. Price deconstructs the reformist arguments made NYC Board... The post 275 | Close Rosie’s first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:47

274 | Hard-earned Wisdom

10/21/2021
We start off this week’s episode with an update on Marius Mason’s transfer to a men’s facility. Marius is an imprisoned environmentalist who, in addition to waging an Earth Liberation Front sabotage campaign, was an important aboveground organizer for social movements in Indiana and Michigan for decades. He came out as transgender while in prison,... The post 274 | Hard-earned Wisdom first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:46

273 | Jessica Reznicek – Dignity in Rebellion

10/15/2021
This week, we hear from a friend and supporter of Jessica Reznicek, who was recently sentenced to federal prison after she admitted to sabotaging the widely opposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in 2017. In this episode, Monty tells Jessica’s story from her childhood influences to her experiences in the NoDAPL Movement, in solidarity with the... The post 273 | Jessica Reznicek – Dignity in Rebellion first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:46

272 | Minnesota’s Shadow Prison

10/10/2021
Our main story this week is a contribution from our friends at Perilous Chronicle. Perilous is an independent digital research and media project focused on prisons, and moments of protest, unrest, and repression inside them in the US and Canada. This week, Perilous Chronicle’s Ridley Seawood guides us through the The Minnesota Sex Offender Program... The post 272 | Minnesota’s Shadow Prison first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:43

271 | Progressive Punishment

10/1/2021
In 2008, Monroe County moved to build a new, expanded jail -framed as a “justice campus” using humanitarian rhetoric. In response, a diverse group of local residents founded an organization called Decarcerate Monroe County (DMC). Judah Schept, who returns as our guest alongside Micol Seigel, was an organizer in the successful DMC campaign to block... The post 271 | Progressive Punishment first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:28:46

270 | A Slightly Bigger Cage – Jail Expansion for Monroe County

9/23/2021
In 2008, Monroe County moved to build a new, expanded jail -framed as a “justice campus” using humanitarian rhetoric. In response, a diverse group of local residents founded an organization called Decarcerate Monroe County (DMC). Here is how they later summarized their activities:“DMC’s framework included embracing alternatives to punitive justice, promoting ways to decarcerate, and... The post 270 | A Slightly Bigger Cage – Jail Expansion for Monroe County first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:29:00

269 | A Perfect Storm – Conditions at Attica

9/17/2021
This month, we are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, a high point of the cycle of prisoners’ struggle of the 1960s and 1970s. We share experiences from former Attica prisoners Joseph Hayden and Carlos Roche, and attorney Elizabeth Fink, who all describe the events of that day and the days leading... The post 269 | A Perfect Storm – Conditions at Attica first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:39:17

268 | The Attica Commune

9/10/2021
Three years ago on Kite Line, we aired an episode about the Attica Prison Uprising of 1971. This week, September 9th to September 13th, will mark fifty years between us and the event. We share this piece again today, with updated contributions from its author, analyzing the growing challenges to our collective survival, both inside... The post 268 | The Attica Commune first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:00:35:38

267 | We Are Human Beings: Words From an Attica Rebel

9/3/2021
This month, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, a high point of the prisoners’ movement of the 1960s and 70s. On September 9th, 1971, prisoners revolted, building on their own organizing and local grievances, as well as responding to the assassination of George Jackson by guards at Soledad Prison in California. ... The post 267 | We Are Human Beings: Words From an Attica Rebel first appeared on Kite Line Radio.

Duration:01:21:36