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December 21

Kite Line: Life After Prison in Brazil

Kite Line presents letters and correspondence from prisoners in Brazil.

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This week, we have the first of several interviews that were conducted this fall in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Kite Line contributor Micol Seigel was there to teach a course on American prison history at the state university.  Seigel’s academic host introduced her to an activist civil servant at the Secretariat of Penal Administration, who connected her to the members of a work release program.  In this program, people came from prisons all over the Sao Paulo metropolitan region to work in the Secretariat, doing everything in the building from accounting to crafts to janitorial services.  Seigel ended up bringing her students off campus to the Secretariat to hold conversations together with the folks on work release.  Together, the two groups of students crafted research and interview projects, ending with the interviews you will hear this evening.  The interviews were conducted in Portuguese, translated by the University of Sao Paulo students, and read by people here in our Bloomington studio.

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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.

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