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Uncuffed Producer

Brian “bf” Thames has published five non-fiction books while incarcerated over the last 30 years. A pending 6th book advocating self-reliance and better decision making in potentially dangerous encounters is on the way. Learning languages is an exciting pastime for him. He’s become reasonably fluent in French, conversational in Spanish, and learned ASL during the Covid-19 pandemic. His favorite animals are Great Danes, and any variation of parrots/parakeets. Acquiring general knowledge and education about the world and existence tends to make him giddy.

  • After being stabbed in a prison riot, Lavell Stewart faced a choice. He could seek revenge... or he could break the decades-long cycle of violence that had roots all the way back in his childhood.
  • Our new group of producers at Solano State Prison in Vacaville talk about their memories, their dreams, and what they like about making radio.
  • For people in prison, the holiday season can be a painful time. Many miss their families and traditions. But it’s also a time when they get together with food and acts of kindness. During the holiday season, we're playing you a favorite episode from season one, all about making it through the holidays in prison.

    Learn more, sign up for Uncuffed news, and support the program at www.weareuncuffed.org

    Follow us @WeAreUncuffed on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

    Transcripts are available within a week of the episode coming out, at www.kalw.org/podcast/uncuffed
  • As a child, Francisco Magaña was afraid of his mother. She would beat him, and he’s carried that pain with him for his entire life. But despite that, he managed to forgive her.

    Learn more, and donate to support the program: www.weareuncuffed.org.

    Follow us @WeAreUncuffed on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

    Transcripts are available within a week of the episode coming out, at www.kalw.org/podcast/uncuffed.
  • Death is a normal part of life in prison, but it’s rare that someone can live to tell the tale. Wilbert Stoneham dropped to the floor one day after a cardiac arrest. He awoke to realize he was being brought back to life by a guard who was once his nemesis. How a near-death experience can change your perspective on everything, including someone you despised.

    Learn more, and donate to support the program: www.weareuncuffed.org.

    Follow us @WeAreUncuffed on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

    Transcripts are available within a week of the episode coming out, at www.kalw.org/podcast/uncuffed.
  • One of the many struggles of parenting from inside prison is the constant fear that your children may follow in your footsteps. Children of incarcerated parents are more likely to get in trouble at school, lack stable housing, and end up involved in the criminal legal system themselves. And breaking those cycles is not easy, especially when contact with your children is limited.

    Learn more, and donate to support the program: www.weareuncuffed.org.

    Follow us @WeAreUncuffed on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

    Transcripts are available within a week of the episode coming out, at www.kalw.org/podcast/uncuffed.
  • When someone is sent to prison for the first time, how do they figure out all the little dos and don'ts?
  • Quinton Gray talks about his life-long struggle with mental illness—and the assumptions people make about him.
  • Two men discuss the pain of losing a sibling to suicide. And the struggle to process that pain, while inside prison.
  • From the series Uncuffed:After two decades in prison, Andrew Peralta's re-entry was going great ... until it wasn't.