Hole in the Heart from Uncuffed

June 25, 2024
A prison window has a graffiti heart around it. Light is shining through the bars on the other side.

Do you remember the moment you saw your first love? Rodney Hines sure does. He was 13 years old, and it was the 4th of July. His parents took him to their friends’ house where he saw Shani Browning. For the next two decades, their lives each resembled a rollercoaster ride with dramatic ups and downs.

One day on the yard at Solano State Prison, Hines was recounting the details of how the relationship with his childhood crush transformed into a tragic love affair. Uncuffed producer Anthony Ivy realized he needed to get Hines into the studio to tell his story.

Produced by Anthony Ivy with help from Andrew Stelzer, Sonia Paul, Kathy Novak, Angela Johnston, Ninna Gaensler-Debs, and sound designer Eric ‘Maserati-E ‘Abercrombie.

This story, Hole In The Heart: A Love Stronger Than Prison Walls originally aired on Uncuffed. Uncuffed is KALW‘s award-winning radio training program and podcast in California prisons. Listen on any podcast platform!

Season 15 – Episode 28

Producer Credit:
Original Score: 

Teo Ducot

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