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When A Mother's Love Becomes Violent

Francisco Magaña reckons with the fine line between his mother's love and his mother's rage.
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Francisco Magaña reckons with the fine line between his mother's love and his mother's rage.

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. On this episode of Uncuffed from the team at Solano State Prison, we'll hear about a mother's love, a mother's violence, and what it takes to move forward and make amends. And a quick note to our listeners, this episode contains descriptions of violence against children.

We used to get whooped -- whooped with a branch. If she didn’t have no branch, she would get like a cable from the radio, or anything she could get her hands on.
Francisco Magaña

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Uncuffed From The Producers Of Uncuffed
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.
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