Kite Line: Being Heard; Prison and the Deaf Community

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Long running anti-prison podcast and radio show Kite Line returns with its weekly show straight out of Bloomington, Indiana.

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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, they move on to sketch out the ways that children of color are disabled across society and pushed towards feeling inept and being housed in prison. They speak a bit about the organization HEARD- Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf. We’ll be talking more about their work and more about the history of disability and incarceration in a later episode. We also hear statements from Greg Curry, both about his situation inside the Ohio prison system, and showing his support for the Vaughn 17.


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Kite Line
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.