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.

Explore the episode archive at kitelineradio.org


246 Pieces

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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 s...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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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 ac...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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The explosive spread of the Omicron variant has brought our focus back to the COVID-vulnerability the prison system imposes on its captives. This w...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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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 ...

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week, we return to the final part of our conversation about carceral non-profits with Zhandarka Kurti and Jarrod Shanahan. Kurti is a professo...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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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 ...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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This week, we cover carceral non-profits in an interview with Drs. Zhandarka Kurti, a professor of criminology and Criminal Justice at Loyola Unive...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Our show this week returns with the second part of a conversation between Kite Line’s Micol Seigel and three members of the Carbondale, Illinois co...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2021
  • Length: 01:27:00
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This week, we share the first part of a conversation between Garrett Felber and Micol Seigel. Felber has been on the show before, discussing the Na...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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In this episode, we share information about the recent disturbances in St. Louis. Afterwards, we have the second part of a conversation with Balago...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
From: WFHB
Series: Kite Line
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Up first, we have a comprehensive overview of prisoner protests compiled by Perilous Chronicle, who are collecting information about the many priso...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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For our show this week, we have the first part of a conversation between Kite Line’s Micol Seigel and three members of the Carbondale, Illinois com...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
From: WFHB
Series: Kite Line
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This week, we are trying something new so that we can cover the full range of increased prisoner struggles. We will be teaming up with Perilous Chr...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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This week, we return to an important conversation about grand juries and state repression. Recently, Steve Martinez, an Indigenous and Chicano Wate...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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This week, we brought together three segments that focus on ways the system attempts to repress participants in collective struggles and those who ...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Mwalimu Shakur, who spoke in last week’s episode about COVID-19 protocols in his facility, returns this week to share more reflections. He shares f...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
From: WFHB
Series: Kite Line
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This week, we followup on the COVID-19 conditions at Corcoran Prison in California and share news from the uprising in the St. Louis Jail. Afterwa...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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On January 30th, guards attacked Robert Earl Council, and beat him until he was unconscious. Council, also known as Kinetik Justice, is a longtime...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
From: WFHB
Series: Kite Line
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This week, we share audio in support of Dan Baker and Loren Reed, and from Panagioti Tsolkas, who tells us about the important #CagingCOVID campaig...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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On Kite Line this week, we share two interviews with advocates working on the physical well-being of those locked inside. The first conversation we...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2021
  • Length: 29:00