Kite Line – 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.
||CleanKite Line- December 7, 2018: Otay Mesa Detention Resistance||A new movement of refugees fleeing violence and starvation in Central America began to reach Tijuana last month, in the hopes of applying for asylum in the United States. Comprised of multiple, self-organized caravans,||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKite Line- November 30, 2018: Leon Benson in His Own Words, Part Two||This week, we are continuing our talk with Leon Benson, who speaks to us from inside Pendleton Correctional Facility here in Indiana. He’s been inside since 1998, for a murder conviction and he has been trying to clear his name and win his freedom eve||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKite Line- November 23, 2018: Leon Benson in His Own Words, Part One||This week, we hear from Leon Benson, who calls us from inside an Indiana prison. You might remember some of Leon’s story from a Kite Line episode we aired in December of last year, called “You Can’t Force the State to Abide by the Law” in which||11/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKite Line- November 16, 2018: A Life in Resistance- A Conversation with Kathleen Rumpf||This week, we listen to Kathleen Rumpf share her stories of her time inside FMC Carswell, a United States federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas for female inmates with special medical and mental health needs.||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKite Line- November 9, 2018: Naming Disability||Today, we are sharing the next part of an interview with Talila Lewis and Dustin Gibson, two organizers and researchers addressing the intersection of disability and incarceration. You heard their interview about the impact of prison on the Deaf commu||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKite Line- November 2, 2018: Being Heard- Prison and the Deaf Community||Today, we are sharing an interview with Talila Lewis and Dustin Gibson, two organizers and researchers addressing the intersection of disability and incarceration. After TL describes the high stakes of being deaf in prison,||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKite Line- October 26, 2018: The Long History of Black Resistance and Mass Incarceration||In this interview, Elizabeth Hinton sketches the relationship between the civil rights movement, urban uprisings and the beginning of the “War on Crime,” with a focus on the Harlem Riot of 1964, and the1 965 Watts Rebellion,||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKite Line- October 19, 2018: Voices of the Formerly Incarcerated, Part Three||This week, we share the final story from the Voices of the Formerly Incarcerated panel that took place during the Fight Toxic Prisons conference in Pittsburgh. After we hear updates on Kevin Rashid Johnson and Keith Malik Washington,||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKite Line- October 12, 2018: Voices of the Formerly Incarcerated, Part Two- Angola Prison’s Racist History||This week, we hear from Curtis Ray Davis II, who talks about the racist history of Angola Prison- the Louisiana State Penitentiary. After we read a statement from hunger striking prisoners in Orange County, we then hear a moving account from Davis.||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKite Line- October 5, 2018: Voices of the Formerly Incarcerated, Part One||This week, we hear the stories of three men who share their experiences from years being on the inside. Khalid Raheem discusses his experiences with the Black Panther Party, solitary confinement, and educational options in prison.||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Best prisoner podcast hands down
I LOVE kiteline! It’s a woman-made syndicated radio program. They are so easy to listen to. Kiteline features interviews with prisoners, activists and professors which are as often funny and inspiring as they are sobering and sad. Interviews are paired with historical and sociological lessons on prison issues.
If only more people listened to this podcast and heard the stories of how prisons abuse their power. This podcast through interviews with scholars and people struggling in the system show the disastrous effects and harm produced by our prison system. Anyone interested in prison abolition should listen to this podcast.
It’s very powerful to hear directly from people involved with prison and the criminal justice system. Much love to the people putting their energy into this — power to the prisoners!