Kite Line

Series produced by WFHB

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Kite Line is a radio program devoted to prison issues around the Midwest and beyond.

Behind the prison walls, a message is called a kite: whispered words, a note passed hand to hand, or a request submitted to the guards for medical care. Illicit or not, sending a kite means trusting that other people will bear it farther along till it reaches its destination. On the show, we hope to pass along words across the prison walls.


45 Pieces

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his week is the first part of our interview with Mark Cook. Mark served 24 years in prison for his participation in a bank robbery and jail break a...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 30:00
From: WFHB
Series: Kite Line
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This week takes us to Texas, where we hear from Candice Bernd, speaking at the 2nd Fight Toxic Prisons Conference, which took place earlier this mo...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 29:59
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This week, we return to the story of Clinton “Boo” Gilkie, who died one year ago- on June 7, 2016- in the Monroe County Jail. We discussed the cir...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2017
  • Length: 29:38
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This week on Kite Line we feature Arianna Staiger, daughter of Marius Mason, an anarchist prisoner who used to live and organize in Bloomington. Ar...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 29:55
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June 7th marks the one year anniversary of the death of Clinton Gilkie, and so we devote our June 2nd and June 16th episodes of Kite Line to his st...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 29:55
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The death penalty is the barest, most explicit aspect of state violence. Relatively few people are sentenced to death, and even fewer are actively,...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 29:58
From: WFHB
Series: Kite Line
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This week we share news and stories from two people who have been caught up in very different ways in the web of prison. Both Bresha Meadows and Pa...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 30:10
From: WFHB
Series: Kite Line
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For prisons to function smoothly and profitably, the major tools of control – violence, surveillance, separation – must be complimented by a host o...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 29:13
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This week, we focus on the closing of a volunteer-run dorm in the Monroe County Jail. The Addicts in Recovery, or AIR Dorm, has been a unique part ...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 29:05
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This week we feature an interview with Patrick, who reflects on his experience with addiction and prison. His story is both deeply personal and ana...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 30:10
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This week, we examine the intersections between domestic violence, along with other forms of gendered violence, the courts, and the prison system. ...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 29:40
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Our focus for this episode is writing to prisoners. After some prison-related news, we speak with Lukah Revolt, who explains how she went from writ...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2017
  • Length: 19:53
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In this episode, we speak to people with experience with both homelessness and incarceration. Often, there is a cyclical relationship between these...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2017
  • Length: 29:50
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In the second episode of our series on the mass escape from the Woomera refugee detention center in Australia, Aren Aizura parses out the stakes of...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2017
  • Length: 28:32
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In 2002, imprisoned refugees inside Australia’s Woomera immigration prison coordinated with 2500 outside supporters who had pitched camp outside th...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2017
  • Length: 29:10
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This episode, we focus on two individuals who are working to organize support systems for communities that are directly affected or targeted by law...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2017
  • Length: 29:15
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Our focus for this episode returns to the impact of incarceration on families. First we have a discussion between our friend Lucy and one of her fe...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2017
  • Length: 28:10
From: WFHB
Series: Kite Line
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In this episode, we introduce a new topic, going “off-paper.” When prisoners finish their time and re-enter the free world, they confront a whole h...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2017
  • Length: 28:12
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We return to the topic of education within the prison system. After some prison news, we hear a statement written by someone who taught in prisons ...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2017
  • Length: 29:04
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We go to the neighboring state of Ohio this week in order to dig into the history of Midwestern prison resistance. We share more of the story of Si...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2017
  • Length: 29:54