V.20 No.51 | 12/22/2011
Stories from our prison system on KUNM Sunday
By Marisa Demarco [ Fri Dec 16 2011 4:26 PM ]
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. About 2.3 million citizens are in prison or jail, according to the Bureau of Justice.
On Sunday, 89.9 KUNM will broadcast a special where family members and inmates from around the country—and New Mexico—call in to speak to their loved ones. The pre-taped program is part of the Thousand Kites project, which collects stories about the prison system, and connects families and inmates.
I wrote about Thousand Kites back in September, when founder Nick Szuberla visited the South Valley and worked with the Media Literacy Project and La Plazita Institute to start an Albuquerque initiative.
“Research has repeatedly shown that inmates who maintain strong connections with their families are less likely to become trapped in the revolving door of the criminal justice system,” says Media Literacy Project Executive Director Andrea Quijada in a news release.
The radio show “Calls From Home” will air on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
Narratives are still being collected through New Mexico Kites. People can also call in their stories and shoutouts toll free, 24/7.
V.20 No.36 | 9/8/2011
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Stories from the state’s prisons
By Marisa Demarco [ Tue Sep 6 2011 4:33 PM ]
Wallens Ridge State Prison opened near Whitesburg, Ky., where Nick Szuberla lives. About 2,100 people populate his tiny town, and the supermax prison houses 1,200 beds.
It was April 1999, and Szuberla was hosting the only hip-hop radio show on central Appalachia’s bluegrass-heavy airwaves. Prisoners were shipped in from all corners of the United States, so the number of people listening to “Holler to the Hood” jumped. The DJ saw an unusual radio opportunity. He put together an experimental call-in day where inmates’ friends and families could offer shout-outs.
It launched a grassroots campaign called Thousand Kites that aims to get the conversation rolling about criminal justice. Szuberla came to Albuquerque to connect with folks who’ve been affected by the prison system. The Alibi was there and collected a few narratives, too.
As part of the project, a phone line went up to collect New Mexico’s stories. Inmates—or those on the outside—can call (877) 518-0606 to talk lockup. KUNM 89.9 will air a selection of those messages on “Generation Justice” on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.
People can also tell their tales online. Public access cable station channel 27 will air an interview with Szuberla and speak with the Media Literacy Project, which brought him out here, in the near future.
V.20 No.35 |
The Daily Word in AK-47s, sex workers and Darth Vader
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Sep 1 2011 9:46 AM ]
Judge stops Gov. Martinez' license verification effort.
MVD didn't issue a driver's license to a teen who had his birth certificate and Social Security card.
Did BernCo put out this recycling plant fire in Southwest Albuquerque fast enough? And why is it always on fire?
Corrections secretary's boyfriend accused of shooting a gun on prison grounds.
PRC tech says he was fired after reporting employees were browsing online porn at work.
Man shot and killed by APD this week held a loaded AK-47, says Chief Schultz.
Those who profited off 9/11.
August was the first month since 2003 without the death of a U.S. solider in Iraq.
Darth Vader: Noooooooooo!
Justice Department sues to stop AT&T from buying T-Mobile.
George R. R. Martin is creepy, rape-y and racist, writes hilarious blogger.
Prosties and strip clubs in Tampa prep for the GOP convention in 2012.
Toddler wears fake T&A for pageant.
Did you hear about the guy with the $16 house?
It's OK if you think parenting is miserably hard work.
V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Don’t Hate the Player
Radio project reaches out to inmates and their families, breaking the silence around America’s prisons
By Marisa Demarco
The Thousand Kites project reaches out to inmates and their loved ones, breaking the silence around America’s massive prison system. The project’s founder visited Albuquerque to collect narratives, and the Alibi was on hand to catch stories about local lockup.
V.20 No.27 |
The Daily Word: 7.8.11- Middle East protests, miracle twins, baseball fan's demise and Leal's execution.
And the senseless butchering of The Great Gatsby
By Summer Olsson [ Fri Jul 8 2011 9:11 AM ]
APD SWAT needed to break up domestic dispute.
Thousands of Egyptians demand faster reform, fill Tahrir square again.
Also, thousands of Syrians protest president, fill Hama.
South Sudan becomes an independent country tomorrow. Happy birthday, South Sudan!
Man falls from stands to death, trying to catch ball at Rangers game.
Twins born 50 hours apart, in two different counties.
California prison inmates on hunger strike over isolating conditions.
Texas is all "I do what I want," and executes Humberto Leal.
Dude, the unemployment rate is high.
Roger Ebert's appropriately scathing review of a dumbed-down Great Gatsby. With winch-inducing excerpts!
Doghouse Diaries on camera technology.
V.20 No.26 |
The Daily Word with Rare Earth Minerals, A Groundbreaking Tampon Ad and a 100-Mile-Wide Dust Storm
By Tom Nayder [ Wed Jul 6 2011 10:11 AM ]
President Obama and Texas Governor Rick Perry at odds over scheduled execution of a Mexican national.
Al-Qaida linked terrorist secretly brought to New York to stand trial.
Not many problems with illegal fireworks this year.
Roadwork on the west side begins today.
South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Did illegal immigrants cause a 100-mile-wide dust storm in Phoenix???
Biker dies from head injury while protesting helmet laws in New York.
The Anti-PowerPoint Party is Switzerland's newest political party. Can you guess what their agenda is?
New study shows environmental factors play a more important role in causing autism.
Behold, a landmark American tampon ad.
Ad for the new Kevin James movie digitally inserted into 2007 rerun of How I Met Your Mother.
Man tries to escape prison in his wife's suitcase.
Japan discovers huge deposit of rare earth minerals.
Top 10 cosmic album covers.
Monkey steals camera, takes the greatest self portrait ever.
Man sues to get his porn in prison.
The first cyborg horror story is 1834's The Steam Arm.
Your July financial to-do list.
McDonald's is test marketing an English Pub Burger.
Largest ever marsupial fossil discovered in Australia.
V.19 No.29 |
One man deals with unemployment
By john bear [ Mon Jul 26 2010 4:09 PM ]
In an attempt to rein in expenses after the unfortunate loss of my job, (I believe it was captured by hack pirates in choppy waters off of the Rio Abajo.) I switched medications.
The pill I usually take to fend off unpleasant thoughts regarding the amount of perceived bodily fluids in my Hot Pockets doesn’t work well anyway and costs $120 a bottle without insurance.
My sanity is not worth that much, so I began dating the older sister of my usual pill, a bargain at four dollars a bottle. The new pill made me feel both tired and nervous, two unpleasant sensations now available at the same time.
I tried cutting the pills in half and now seem to be half as nervous and 63 percent less tired (this amount of self analysis is exhausting, by the way.) The only problem: being too tired to think did prevent any invasive thoughts about theoretical fluids being present in frozen foods or condiments. That’s back. Yay.
If only I could start smoking again. I never had any of these problems when I sucked down 33 Marlboros a day. My clothes had holes burned all over them and there was that pesky lesion in the back of my throat, but no fluids.
V.19 No.17 | 4/29/2010
Prison Bikini Beach Bod
By Courtney Blandford, fearless intern [ Fri Apr 23 2010 11:00 AM ]
Besides your weird uncle Sharkie, it looks like the latest thing to come out of prison the nation’s newest fitness craze is—workouts developed and used by inmates to buff up while they were locked down. And the best part? It’s practically free. You don’t need a gym membership, fancy machines or even basic weights. The workouts are based on calisthenics such as push-ups, pull-ups and squats. According to Paul Wade, author of Convict Conditioning and former inmate at San Quentin State Prison, “You just need your body and your mind.” And in yet another twist of irony, these techniques developed by some of the nation’s most hardened criminals are being used to train some of the nation’s finest servicemen. Wade, for example, has trained both Navy Seals and Marines. He describes the workouts as “primitive, brutal, painful and incredibly rewarding.” Visit www.builtbehindbars.com for a free workout program or www.HoodWorkout.com to view videos of impressive regimens posted by prison workout enthusiasts.
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