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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.

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United States

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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.

Language:

English

Contact:

(812) 269-2512


Episodes

233 – Built on a House of Cards – Environmental Justice and Incarceration

1/7/2021
This week, we share an urgent statement from the Free Alabama Movement about their ongoing hunger strike and economic blackout. Afterwards, we speak with David Pellow, Fabiana Lake, and Camber Wilson, who recently coauthored a report on ‘Environmental Justice Struggles in Prisons and Jails Around the World,’ via the Prison Environmental Justice Project. Environmental justice...

Duration:00:24:12

232 – New Year’s Kites

1/1/2021
Happy New Year! This week, we broadcast kites from Strawberry Hampton in Illinois and Daniel Dawson in Saskatchewan, who both called in this week to update us on their conditions. Strawberry Hampton, a Black transgender woman and niece of Fred Hampton, shares the horrific abuses she has suffered inside. Hampton received a rare transfer to...

Duration:00:22:01

231 – A System That is Quite Frankly Unjust- Compassionate Release, Part Two

12/24/2020
Today, we broadcast Part 2 of our series on Compassionate Release. Compassionate Release is the principle that sentences should be adjusted given “particularly extraordinary or compelling circumstances which could not reasonably have been foreseen by the court at the time of sentencing”. We now continue to hear from Alison Guernsey, who tells us about the...

Duration:00:56:19

230 – Compassionate Release, Part One

12/18/2020
We begin this week with a follow-up conversation with Cory Cardinal, who has spoken with us on our past two episodes regarding a hunger strike at the Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre in Saskatchewan, Canada. Previously, Cory detailed his experiences during and after the hunger strike. And now, he gives us some updates and tells Perilous...

Duration:01:12:41

229 – Like a Horror Movie- COVID’s Spread in the Prisons

12/10/2020
This week, we hear from two people who explain the rapidly deteriorating COVID-19 situation in facilities in both Saskatchewan and Indiana. As we reported last week, prisoners at the Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre in Saskatchewan, Canada organized a hunger strike last week to protest the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 outbreak at the facility. The hunger strike lasted...

Duration:00:30:10

228 – Caged During COVID

12/3/2020
This week, we share two interviews with prisoners confronting rampant COVID-19 infections in their facilities. Cory Cardinal, imprisoned at the Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre in Saskatchewan, Canada speaks about the hunger strike they organized last weekend to protest the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 outbreak at the facility. Prisoners at the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center (RGC)...

Duration:01:06:36

227 – Careless With People’s Lives- Violence & Neglect in Florida

11/26/2020
For our episode this week, we share more from Florida Prisoner Solidarity. Recently, they told us about the drastic retaliatory measures prisoners were being subjected to in the Florida Department of Corrections. These punishments were often given as a response for prisoners advocating for themselves in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. This week, they...

Duration:00:29:44

226 – Punished for Self-Preservation

11/19/2020
This week, share an update sent to us from Michelle Freeman about her husband, Vernell. Michelle’s impassioned plea on behalf of her partner is both urgent and inspiring, and we will continue to air messages from her in the future, as Vernell’s situation evolves. You can hear our episode about Vernell here. Afterwards, we speak...

Duration:00:38:59

225 – The Diffuse Prison

11/12/2020
This week, we return to stories of electronic monitoring also known as e-carceration. Micol Seigel talks to Cody, who says he spent about half his life locked up. He’s 26 now, and spent time in Pendleton Correctional Facility and Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, both in Indiana. He tells Seigel first hand about e-carcerations disruptions to...

Duration:00:32:51

224 – The Value of a Degree

11/5/2020
After news, we share a conversation between Christina and Leslie about their experiences obtaining an education while in prison. Both women reflect on the barriers to getting a degree on the inside, and how effective the degree was in helping them once they got out. They also talk about some of the differences in educational...

Duration:01:29:38

223 – Dual Power Vs. State Violence

10/29/2020
This week, we are airing two kites- the first from a woman advocating for her brother, Billie Allen, who is on death row here in Indiana, despite his fight to prove his innocence. We will talk to Yvette more in the coming weeks, but in this conversation, she introduces us to her brother’s case, and...

Duration:00:36:21

222 – Juvie

10/23/2020
This week, we are talking about youth in detention. We are laying the groundwork to continue to talk to current prisoners who were placed in facilities while young, including people who are still locked up to this day, about how the impact of incarceration since childhood has shaped them into adulthood. We start with an...

Duration:00:31:21

221 – Isolation as Retaliation

10/16/2020
This week on Kite Line, we share a call from a prisoner located in Seattle, who exposes his facility’s careless treatment of prisoners in the face of COVID-19, and how medical isolation and punitive isolation function similarly. Afterwards, we finish our conversation with Keith Malik Washington. Malik was recently released from prison after many years,...

Duration:01:24:47

220 – Are Incarcerated People Disposable?

10/9/2020
We begin this week with a short piece by WFHB reporter Aaron Comforty, who reports on an alleged instance of attempted suicide in the local jail, and one mother’s attempts to find out the status of her son. We also speak with Ted Smith, an Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Louisville...

Duration:00:40:05

219 – Keith Malik Washington is Free

10/2/2020
After this week’s news and updates, Kite Line sits down with Keith Malik Washington, who was released from prison last month. We’ve shared many of Washington’s essays and audio dispatches over the years, as he exposed the ongoing injustices and hazards he faced alongside others behind the prison walls. Even though Washington is now on...

Duration:01:24:16

218 – A Loved One’s Plea for Vernell Freeman

9/25/2020
This week, we hear from Michelle Freeman, who describes the horrifying conditions in which her husband, Vernell Freeman, is being held in Miami Correctional Facility, here in Indiana. Speaking on behalf of her partner, Michelle tells Kite Line about the repeated incidents of medical neglect and retaliatory violence Vernell has been subjected to within the...

Duration:00:35:49

217 – Attica as a Moment of Abolitionist Imagination

9/18/2020
Last week marked the 49th anniversary of the Attica prison rebellion. In this episode of Kite Line, we finish our conversation with Dr. Orisanmi Burton. A professor at American University, Dr. Burton introduces us to the diverse demands of the Attica rebels, as well as misconceptions about the demands and the rebellion itself. He also speaks...

Duration:01:12:24

216 – A Positive Demand for Another World- Reflections on the Attica Prison Uprising

9/11/2020
This week marks the 49th anniversary of the Attica Uprising, when 1300 prisoners in New York state overcame physical, social, and political barriers to accomplish their revolt. We spoke with Orisanmi Burton, a professor at American University, who has interviewed many participants in the uprising and is currently preparing a book on the event. Professor...

Duration:00:23:26

215 – “If They Kill Me in the Hole, I’ll Go Out Satisfied” – ICE Detainees Protest Conditions at Winn

9/4/2020
This week, we share important news from around the Midwest and more updates from the struggles in Louisiana’s immigrant detention centers. Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson is facing threats on his life inside the Indiana Department of Corrections. An abolitionist in Madison, Wisconsin has chosen to enter solitary confinement rather than violate his ethics and testify against...

Duration:00:35:14

213 – George Jackson and the Legacy of Revolt

8/21/2020
Today, August 21st, is the 49th anniversary of George Jackson’s murder by San Quentin guards. Jackson was a leading theorist and militant in the prisoners’ movement which had emerged over the previous decade in close relationship to the rise of Black Power. His books, Soledad Brother and Blood in my Eye, remain touchstones for prisoners’ discussions across the...

Duration:00:30:09