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Kite Line

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.

Tracks

322 | The Integrity of Marius Mason
This week, we share the second part of a recorded discussion hosted by the Civil Liberties Defense Center.  CLDC has been at the forefront of anti-repression legal work for decades now, working on many of the Green Scare cases, in which the FBI infamously hounded and smashed radical environmental organizing between 2000 and 2008.  In... The post 322 | The Integrity of Marius Mason first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 09/23/2022
321 | Marius Mason- The Last Green Scare Prisoner
This week, we share a recorded discussion hosted by the Civil Liberties Defense Center.  CLDC has been at the forefront of anti-repression legal work for decades now, working on many of the Green Scare cases, in which the FBI infamously hounded and smashed radical environmental organizing between 2000 and 2008.  In this discussion, Chava and... The post 321 | Marius Mason- The Last Green Scare Prisoner first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:58 09/16/2022
320 | A Fire Ignited- Shawn Sutton on the George Floyd Uprising
Shawn Sutton is from Greenville, North Carolina, and she participated in the George Floyd Uprising when it spread there in late May 2020.  Shawn was imprisoned due to her participation and has been recently released.  Today, she discusses the incident surrounding her arrest and the overall way recent years have shaped her politics. You can... The post 320 | A Fire Ignited- Shawn Sutton on the George Floyd Uprising first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 09/09/2022
319 | Ray Luc Levasseur on Parenting in Prison
Up first, we have our monthly round up of prison disturbances, as compiled by Perilous Chronicle. In celebration of over 300 consecutive weekly episodes of Kite Line, we are revisiting some features from our archive of shows. In this clip from Episode 58, which aired in 2017, we return to the topic of incarceration’s impact... The post 319 | Ray Luc Levasseur on Parenting in Prison first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 09/02/2022
318 | Habeas Corpus as a Tool for Freedom
This week, Zolo Azania returns to Kite Line. He recently visited Indiana University’s campus, and gave a talk that we began airing last week. On that episode, he reflects on that visit and talks about his history, focusing on how learning to use the law improved his life. The efforts of Azania, his lawyers and... The post 318 | Habeas Corpus as a Tool for Freedom first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 08/26/2022
317 | Prison’s Vicious Cycle- Reflections From Zolo Azania
This week, Zolo Azania returns to the show. Azania was on the Kite Line back in 2019, shortly after he was released after surviving decades on Indiana’s death row.  He speaks with Jok Huerta, who has been on the show previously, moderating discussion with various Indiana prisoners. Zolo will be on upcoming episodes of the... The post 317 | Prison’s Vicious Cycle- Reflections From Zolo Azania first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 08/19/2022
316 | The Phone as a Weapon – Keith LaMar on His Hunger Strike
Keith LaMar, also known as Bomani Shakur, is a prisoner on Ohio’s Death Row.  He is facing execution in autumn 2023 after being framed in prison due to his advocacy for other prisoners and his refusal to snitch on others in the aftermath of the 1993 Lucasville Uprising.  He has consistently expressed solidarity with other... The post 316 | The Phone as a Weapon – Keith LaMar on His Hunger Strike first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 08/12/2022
315 | Summer of Kites 2022
We launch into this episode with our monthly roundup of prison disturbances, as compiled by Perilous Chronicle.  Afterwards, we have audio from a prisoner, Paul Lee, reporting on a massive transfer of inmates back in February from Pontiac, Illinois correctional facility to Centralia Correctional Center due to an ongoing black mold problem, which had been... The post 315 | Summer of Kites 2022 first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 08/08/2022
314 | Prison’s Impact on Families
We are again sticking close to home this week. We share the second part of a panel on the effects of incarceration on families. Max E. Smith, Becky Harris, Stacy Flynn, and Ashley C. Ford speak on their experiences of having incarcerated loved ones or how their time inside affected their family members. All Indiana... The post 314 | Prison’s Impact on Families first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 07/29/2022
313 | Incarceration’s Burden
We are sticking close to home this week. We share the first part of a panel on the effects of incarceration on families. Max E. Smith, Becky Harris, Stacy Flynn, and Ashley C. Ford speak on their experiences of having incarcerated loved ones or how their time inside affected their family members. All Indiana residents,... The post 313 | Incarceration’s Burden first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 07/22/2022
312 | Echoes of the 2018 Prison Strike
We recently marked our 300th consecutive episode, and in honor of that we have been airing our favorite selections from previous shows. As we approach the upcoming 4 year anniversary of the most recent National Prison Strike, we wanted to air these calls from two prisoners inside South Carolina, who risked their own safety to send... The post 312 | Echoes of the 2018 Prison Strike first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 07/15/2022
311 | The Old Atlanta Prison Farm
This week on Kite Line, we return to Atlanta’s proposed “Cop City”- a police training facility set to be built over a vast urban forest. People from across the city and the country have been organizing against its construction, which would make it the largest police training facility in the United States.  People have been... The post 311 | The Old Atlanta Prison Farm first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 07/08/2022
310 | No Reforming Them- Jarrod Shanahan on Rikers Island
This week, we share the final part of a conversation about Rikers Island between Bella Bravo and Jarrod Shanahan. Shanahan is a writer, activist, and professor of Criminal Justice based in Chicago. He has previously appeared on Kite Line to discuss mass incarceration and the George Floyd rebellion. We are speaking again today about his... The post 310 | No Reforming Them- Jarrod Shanahan on Rikers Island first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 06/30/2022
309 | Captives with Jarrod Shanahan, Part One
This week, Bella Bravo speaks with Jarrod Shanahan, a writer, activist, and professor of Criminal Justice based in Chicago. Shanahan has been on previous episodes, discussing mass incarceration and the George Floyd rebellion. We are speaking today about his new book Captives: How Rikers Island Took New York City Hostage. Captives recounts the last seventy years of... The post 309 | Captives with Jarrod Shanahan, Part One first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 06/24/2022
308 | A Great Moment to Push Further
Interview with Maru Moro Villalpando of La Resistencia, a project that organizes against the Northwest Detention Center. In this conversation, Maru passes a kite along on behalf of immigrants housed in the facility. As they point out, facilities like this are “black boxes” where extra effort must be taken to shed light on conditions inside.... The post 308 | A Great Moment to Push Further first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 06/17/2022
307 | Holding on to Your Humanity
This week we return to our conversation between Baye Sylvester and Focus Initiatives’ Jok Huerta. Both formerly incarcerated in Indiana, they described the circumstances that brought them to prison in a previous episode. In this segment, they talk about the way the prison system strips people of their humanity- and the struggle to retain one’s... The post 307 | Holding on to Your Humanity first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 06/10/2022
306 | Immigration and E-carceration
For this week’s episode, Bella Bravo spoke with Johana Bhuiyan, a journalist and author of a powerful series of articles about immigrant surveillance. She covers the vast program called “intensive supervision appearance program” which purports to be “humane alternative” to immigration detention. Managing the program on behalf of ICE is BI Inc, a subsidiary of... The post 306 | Immigration and E-carceration first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 06/03/2022
305 | The Problem of Politicization
This week we return to our conversation between Baye Sylvester and Focus Initiatives’ Jok Huerta. Both formerly incarcerated in Indiana, they described the circumstances that brought them to prison in a previous episode. In this segment, they talk about the way the prison system responds to politically-engaged prisoners. When prisoners become conscious and organized, the... The post 305 | The Problem of Politicization first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 05/27/2022
304 | Atlanta’s “Cop City”
This week on Kite Line, we return to  Atlanta’s proposed “Cop City”- a police training facility set to be built over a vast urban forest. People from across the city and the country have been organizing against its construction, which would make it the largest police training facility in the United States.  People have been... The post 304 | Atlanta’s “Cop City” first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 05/20/2022
303 | The USA vs. Jessica Reznicek
This week, we hear the first part of the recent webinar ‘USA vs. Jessica Reznicek: fighting the criminalization of Water Protectors’.  The webinar description reads: “Since the No-DAPL movement, dozens of states have passed critical infrastructure laws that increase criminal penalties for anyone taking action against destructive fossil fuel projects. In 2017, 80 Republicans and 4... The post 303 | The USA vs. Jessica Reznicek first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 05/13/2022
302 | Not Trying to Hear No Again, with Renford Farrier
In celebration of recently completing 300 consecutive episodes, we are airing some of our Kite Line crew’s favorite clips from our archive of hundreds of episodes. After we hear a round up of prison disturbances as compiled by Perilous Chronicle, we play a clip from episode 119, in which Talila Lewis (TL) describes some of... The post 302 | Not Trying to Hear No Again, with Renford Farrier first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 05/06/2022
301 | Past and Present Struggles with Mark Cook and Renford Farrier
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing clips of our favorite moments from our archive of shows. The following story is from Mark Cook, one of my all-time favorite guests on Kite Line. In this gem, Cook, a founding member of the Walla Walla Black Panther Party, tells us the story of using... The post 301 | Past and Present Struggles with Mark Cook and Renford Farrier first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 04/29/2022
300 | Bargaining in Bad Faith
Over the upcoming weeks, we will be sharing some of our favorite moments from our archive of shows, but we encourage you to go to our website, kitelineradio.org, to browse the other 299 episodes and find some favorites of your own. On our end, we will be sharing moments that the Kite Line team have found... The post 300 | Bargaining in Bad Faith first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 04/22/2022
299 | Eric King’s Trials
Eric King is an anarchist prisoner who was arrested in September 2014 after he carried out a solidarity action to support the Ferguson Uprising.  We speak again today with his lawyer, Lauren Regan, about the harsh violence and repression he has faced in prison, culminating in trumped-up charges of assaulting a guard, charges which he just defeated... The post 299 | Eric King’s Trials first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 04/15/2022
298 | Wall of Silence
Eric King is an anarchist prisoner who was arrested in September 2014 after he carried out a solidarity action in support of the Ferguson Uprising.  We speak today with his lawyer, Lauren Regan, about the harsh violence and repression he has faced in prison, culminating in trumped-up charges of assaulting a guard, charges which he just defeated... The post 298 | Wall of Silence first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 04/08/2022
297 | No Choice But Poisoned Water
For our show this week, Micol Seigel talks to Abby Cuniff. Cuniff is a reporter who recently published an article about arsenic contamination in Kern Valley State Prison in California. In this conversation, they talk about the prevalence of arsenic in California’s Central Valley – including in its prisons. She also describes the impact of... The post 297 | No Choice But Poisoned Water first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 04/01/2022
296 | Words from an Incarcerated BLM Demonstrator
This week, we share Isaiah Willoughby’s story. He’s been on the show before, talking about his incarceration due to actions on behalf on the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. Today, he walks us through the events leading up to and after his arrest, including the police murder of his neighbor in Seattle and his... The post 296 | Words from an Incarcerated BLM Demonstrator first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 03/25/2022
295 | Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity
This week, we speak with Dan from Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity. MAPS is an exemplary grassroots abolitionist group, which arose out of the 2016 National Prison Strike and, specifically, the Kinross uprising in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Dan lays out this history, and gives us an inventory of COVID-19 in Michigan prisons, based on... The post 295 | Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 03/18/2022
294 | Prison Profiteering with Brian Dolinar
This week, we share a conversation with Brian Dolinar. He has been on the show before, speaking about Parole Illinois. In this episode, he talks about Guardian RFID, a company that produces handheld devices that allow jail guards to do headcounts for inmates electronically via scanning. As he explains, various technologies are being used to expand... The post 294 | Prison Profiteering with Brian Dolinar first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 03/11/2022
293 | Freedom for Leonard Peltier
We begin this episode with our monthly round up of prison disturbances, generously compiled by Perilous Chronicle. Afterwards, we share a piece by IU graduate student Kayan Tara about the death of Malik Ali Malik, who died during a police chase in Bloomington last spring. Then, we return to the topic of long-term prisoner Leonard... The post 293 | Freedom for Leonard Peltier first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 03/04/2022