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Growing Up Tongan And Landing In Prison

Steve Drown
Tevita Taumoeanga with Uncuffed producer Damon L. Cooke.

From the series Uncuffed:

Growing up in a Tongan households, mothers will often ask: what good did you do today? That’s the question I thought of while interviewing Tevita Taumoeanga. Both of us have done things we regret.

This is the story of Tevita’s journey — of losing himself, finding his way back to his culture, and back to the goodness our mothers ask us about.

Mom and dad, I just want to tell you that you guys did nothing wrong. You did what you could. Nothing was in vain.

Uncuffed is produced by men at Solano State Prison. Learn more about them here.

KALW’s radio training program at Solano State Prison is supported by the California Arts Council, with funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The producers fact-check content to the best of their ability. All content is approved by a prison information officer.


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