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Rustbelt Radio for Jan. 03, 2011
by Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio Collecti Monday, Jan. 03, 2011 at 8:23 PM
radio@indypgh.org

On today's show we bring you a special holiday broadcast from Thousand Kites, a national dialogue project addressing the criminal justice system.

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Rustbelt Radio for January 3, 2011

[1:00] Intro

Welcome to this week's edition of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's bi-weekly review of the news from the grassroots, news overlooked by the corporate media.

On today's show we bring you a special holiday broadcast from Thousand Kites, a national dialogue project addressing the criminal justice system.

Rustbelt Radio is broadcast live from WRCT studios every other Monday at 6 PM on 88.3 FM in Pittsburgh, and the program airs again on WRCT every Tuesday morning at 9AM.

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Feature

Calls from Home Holiday Broadcast (57:00)

The Thousand Kites project started in 1998. Media artist Nick Szuberla (PRONOUNCE: sher-BOO-la) was the hosting the only hip-hop radio program in Appalachia, and he received hundreds of letters from prison inmates listening to his program. Many of the inmates had been recently transferred far from their homes in distant cities to two SuperMax prisons near Whitesburg, Kentucky. The prisoners’ letters described racism and human rights violations. In prison slang to "shoot a kite" is to send a message. The Thousand Kites project grew from Szuberla's efforts to dialogue with the prisoners and the Appalachian communities where the prisons were housed. Thousand Kites is now a national project that uses performance, web, video, and radio to open a public space for people to dialogue and organize around the United States' criminal justice system. Participants include incarcerated people, corrections officials, the formerly incarcerated, grassroots activists, and ordinary citizens. The annual "Calls from Home" program connects prisoners and their families by broadcasting holiday messages from families to inmates. Although phone calls and other means of communication are expensive, restricted, and censored, prison inmates can often listen to the radio.

Ending

You've been listening to a special holiday broadcast from the Thousand Kites Project on Rustbelt Radio. On January 17th, Martin Luther King Day, we'll be back with our usual programming, community-produced news from the grassroots.

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[1:00] Outro

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Thanks for tuning in to Rustbelt Radio here on WRCT Pittsburgh, WIUP Indiana, WNJR Washington, WLRI LanChester, and FRSC Santa Cruz.

Our host this week was Nigel Parry, with contributions from Emily DeMarco and Jessica McPherson. This week's show was produced by Shawn Watson. Special thanks to all of our hosts, producers, and contributors.

You can get involved with Rustbelt Radio! To contact us, email RADIO at I-N-D-Y-P-G-H dot ORG. Become our fan on Facebook to receive updates on our latest episode. All of our shows are available on our website at RADIO dot INDY-P-G-H dot ORG and this show can be heard again Tuesday morning on WRCT at 9 AM after Democracy Now!

Tune in next week at this time for another edition of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's bi-weekly review of news from the grassroots.

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Rustbelt Radio for Jan. 03, 2011
by Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio Collecti Monday, Jan. 03, 2011 at 8:23 PM
radio@indypgh.org

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