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Episode 5: Prison’s Secret Santas

For those of us that are incarcerated, the holiday season can be a painful time. Many of us miss our families and our traditions. But it’s also a time when we get together with food and acts of kindness.

This is the last episode of our first season of Uncuffed. For the finale, we’re coming together for the holidays. You’ll hear from the guys at both Solano and San Quentin, and find out how we all get through this time of the year.

Thanks for listening to Season 1. Stay tuned for more! Subscribe to “Uncuffed” in podcast players, get on our email list at WeAreUncuffed.org and follow us on social media @WeAreUncuffed.

Happy holidays.

"It was around Christmas time. I went to the store, and I bought a lot of food, like roast beef and chili beans, and rice ... And I put them in a big brown bag, and I came out on Christmas day, early in the morning, and I said to myself, 'the very first person that walks past me and says, "Merry Christmas," I'm gonna give them that bag.'"

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KALW’s radio training program in California prisons 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 prison information officers.

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An avid listener of radio, award winning podcaster, and published author, Bryan Mazza spends his time writing, teaching, and training service animals for those in need. A native of California, Mazza uses his experiences to help others and to shape his artistic perspective in his many endeavors in both radio and creative writing.
Steve Drown is a producer of KALW's Uncuffed, presenting stories that show the humanity of incarcerated people.
Joe Kirk paroled in 2020, after serving 5 years. The one thing that kept Joe going in prison was the memory of his grandparents' farm on the outskirts of Peoria, Illinois.