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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.

Kite Line: Two Weeks Into the Hunger Strike at Wabash Valley

Listen and Download Here In Wabash Valley, Shaka Shakur is maintaining his hunger strike, demanding an end to guard abuses and the isolation of active prisoners in camera cells. We spoke with his wife, Akili...

Kite Line: 23 Hours In & One Hour Out, The View From Menard

Listen and Download Here This week, we share the words and experiences of Salomon X, a former prisoner in Illinois. In the first of two episodes with Salomon, he describes poor conditions and exploitation in the...

Kite Line: Appalachian Prison Resistance

Listen and Download Here This week, we speak with Lill, a resident of Whitesburg, Kentucky. Whitesburg is located in Letcher County the proposed home to a new federal prison to be built on a mountaintop removal...

Kite Line: Fighting the Mail Ban

Listen and Download Here Last April, the Indiana Department of Corrections banned all correspondence to it’s 25,000 prisoners, except that which is handwritten on lined white paper. The official explanation is that this is an attempt...

Kite Line: The Rise of Mass Incarceration, Part Two

Listen and Download Here Our news this week focuses on the prisoners who are fighting California’s wildfires for as little as a dollar an hour while actually fighting fires. In total, about thirty-eight hundred male and...

Kite Line: The Rise of Mass Incarceration, Part One

Listen and Download Here This week we share the first part of a lecture by Elizabeth Hinton delivered at IU on October 12.  In her talk, she traces the creation and rise of mass incarceration as...

Kite Line: Prison and the Press, Part One

Listen and Download Here This week is the first episode of several about the intersection between the media and prison struggles. In January of 2015, journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced to 63 months in prison for...

Kite Line on the Frontlines of the STL Workhouse Revolt

Listen and Download Here This episode of Kite Line, an ongoing anti-prison podcast in the Midwest, talks with participants in the struggle to shut down the Workhouse jail in St. Louis. To see past IGD coverage...

Kite Line #46: Memories of Boo

Listen and Download Here 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 circumstances...

Kite Line #45: Ongoing Support for Marius Mason and His Family on June 11th

Listen and Download Here This week on Kite Line we feature Arianna Staiger, daughter of Marius Mason, an anarchist prisoner who used to live and organize in Bloomington. Ariana speaks about how she experienced Marius’ arrest...