Earning Freedom with Michael Santos

by Michael Santos is an advocate, author, speaker, and consultant. Through Earning Freedom, Michael shares strategies that empowered him through struggle and he interviews others who overcame struggle and went on to success.

Earning Freedom with Michael Santos
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 101
  • Last: 31 Dec 2017
Earning Freedom teaches strategies for those who want to lead more fulfilling, relevant lives. This show will motivate and inspire, teaching lessons that empowered Michael Santos through 26 years of imprisonment. While incarcerated he earned university degrees, published more than a dozen books, married and supported the love of his life, and emerged from prison as a taxpaying citizen. He shows how those strategies set him on track to earn a million dollars and how you can earn freedom, leading a richer, more fulfilling life by following the same strategies and principles.

Episodes (101)

  • Audry Spade Interview
    Audry Spade Interview
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    Published: 31 Dec 2017 Duration: 40:34
    Questions from Audry Spade   So Michael, you were in your early 20’s when you were convicted and sent to prison. I'm curious about your childhood and the influences you had growing up. How did you arrive at the decision to pursue crime?  ... Read more →
    Questions from Audry Spade   So Michael, you were in your early 20’s when you were convicted and sent to prison. I'm curious about your childhood and the influences you had growing up. How did you arrive at the decision to pursue crime?  ... Read more →

  • 276: Police Officer Rebounds After Criminal Charge
    276: Police Officer Rebounds After Criminal Charge
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    Published: 9 Nov 2016 Duration: 28:18
    Federal authorities charged Brett with federal crimes. Since he had worked for several years as a police officer, the criminal charges derailed his life. He decided to cooperate with authorities in exchange for leniency at sentencing. Brett... Read more →
    Federal authorities charged Brett with federal crimes. Since he had worked for several years as a police officer, the criminal charges derailed his life. He decided to cooperate with authorities in exchange for leniency at sentencing. Brett... Read more →

  • 275: Conquering Life in Prison, Part 3
    275: Conquering Life in Prison, Part 3
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    Published: 29 Oct 2016 Duration: 30:20
    Luis Rivera succeeded in being released from federal prison, even though a judge sentenced him to serve a life sentence plus 140 years. Learn how his adjustment in prison contributed to his early release and his success.
    Luis Rivera succeeded in being released from federal prison, even though a judge sentenced him to serve a life sentence plus 140 years. Learn how his adjustment in prison contributed to his early release and his success.

  • 274: Conquering Life in Prison, Part 2
    274: Conquering Life in Prison, Part 2
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    Published: 29 Oct 2016 Duration: 30:24
    A federal judge sentenced Luis Rivera to life in prison, plus 140 years. In Part 2 of Luis's story, we learn how Luis adjusted in a high-security federal prison and we learn how he positioned himself for early release from federal prison.
    A federal judge sentenced Luis Rivera to life in prison, plus 140 years. In Part 2 of Luis's story, we learn how Luis adjusted in a high-security federal prison and we learn how he positioned himself for early release from federal prison.

  • 273: Conquering Life in Prison, Part 1
    273: Conquering Life in Prison, Part 1
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    Published: 29 Oct 2016 Duration: 30:26
    In 1995, a federal judge sentenced Luis Rivera to a term of life in prison, plus 140 years. In this episode on Earning Freedom, Luis describes his early adjustment. From his appearance on the Earning Freedom podcast, we know that Luis was r... Read more →
    In 1995, a federal judge sentenced Luis Rivera to a term of life in prison, plus 140 years. In this episode on Earning Freedom, Luis describes his early adjustment. From his appearance on the Earning Freedom podcast, we know that Luis was r... Read more →

  • 272: Drug Addiction to Prison to Success
    272: Drug Addiction to Prison to Success
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    Published: 18 Aug 2016 Duration: 22:58
    Derek Sauceda began using drugs when he was 10. His drug addictions led him into crime. His crime led him into a series of prison terms that kept him locked in cages for more than 24 years. Now he is a successful case manager with Fathers a... Read more →
    Derek Sauceda began using drugs when he was 10. His drug addictions led him into crime. His crime led him into a series of prison terms that kept him locked in cages for more than 24 years. Now he is a successful case manager with Fathers a... Read more →

  • 271: Released after 20 Years in Pennsylvania Prisons
    271: Released after 20 Years in Pennsylvania Prisons
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    Published: 15 Aug 2016 Duration: 23:09
    Big D was drawn to the streets as a young man. He looked up to drug dealers and gangsters. Authorities arrested Big D and after his trial, he was sentenced to a term that required him to serve more than 20 years in Pennsylvania prisons. Big... Read more →
    Big D was drawn to the streets as a young man. He looked up to drug dealers and gangsters. Authorities arrested Big D and after his trial, he was sentenced to a term that required him to serve more than 20 years in Pennsylvania prisons. Big... Read more →

  • 270: From Violent Offender to Contributing Citizen
    270: From Violent Offender to Contributing Citizen
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    Published: 3 Aug 2016 Duration: 30:50
    Today I spoke with Billie Gomez, a man who shared a story about his transformation. Billie spoke about growing up in a violent neighborhood and being influenced by gangs. By the time he was 18, he went to prison with a five year sentence. H... Read more →
    Today I spoke with Billie Gomez, a man who shared a story about his transformation. Billie spoke about growing up in a violent neighborhood and being influenced by gangs. By the time he was 18, he went to prison with a five year sentence. H... Read more →

  • 269: Earning Freedom for Corporate
    269: Earning Freedom for Corporate
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    Published: 12 Jul 2016 Duration: 52:17
    Lessons that powered me through 26 years of imprisonment apply to anyone. In today's podcast, I share those strategies with the sales force at Resort Advisory Group.
    Lessons that powered me through 26 years of imprisonment apply to anyone. In today's podcast, I share those strategies with the sales force at Resort Advisory Group.

  • 268: Preparing Prisoners for Jobs
    268: Preparing Prisoners for Jobs
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    Published: 17 Jun 2016 Duration: 28:03
    Today's episode on Earning Freedom features an interview with Jeff Mould, founder of Second Chance Jobs for Felons. More than 60,000 people who returned to society after time in confinement rely upon his website each month. His website:   S... Read more →
    Today's episode on Earning Freedom features an interview with Jeff Mould, founder of Second Chance Jobs for Felons. More than 60,000 people who returned to society after time in confinement rely upon his website each month. His website:   S... Read more →

  • 267: Prison to Successful Businessman
    267: Prison to Successful Businessman
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    Published: 7 Jun 2016 Duration: 37:45
    Weldon Long made some bad decisions as a young man. He went to prison. While incarcerated he struggled until he found education. Once he discovered the power of education, he applied himself fully. Weldon earned an undergraduate in prison a... Read more →
    Weldon Long made some bad decisions as a young man. He went to prison. While incarcerated he struggled until he found education. Once he discovered the power of education, he applied himself fully. Weldon earned an undergraduate in prison a... Read more →

  • 266: President Commutes Life Sentence
    266: President Commutes Life Sentence
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    Published: 27 May 2016 Duration: 39:47
    President Obama commuted Israel Torres' sentence. A federal judge sentenced Mr. Torres to life in prison. While serving the life sentence, Mr. Torres kept hope alive and focused on steps he could take to prepare for success upon release--he... Read more →
    President Obama commuted Israel Torres' sentence. A federal judge sentenced Mr. Torres to life in prison. While serving the life sentence, Mr. Torres kept hope alive and focused on steps he could take to prepare for success upon release--he... Read more →

  • 265: Sharing Stories From Prisoners
    265: Sharing Stories From Prisoners
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    Published: 22 May 2016 Duration: 30:04
    Malik King offers more insight about people serving lengthy sentences in prison. He is an advocate who works to end mass incarceration. 
    Malik King offers more insight about people serving lengthy sentences in prison. He is an advocate who works to end mass incarceration. 

  • 264: Gambling Addiction Leads to Prison
    264: Gambling Addiction Leads to Prison
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    Published: 13 May 2016 Duration: 35:04
    Donald Gridiron is on his way to prison. It's a big challenge for anyone, especially for a well educated man who didn't have any previous experience with the criminal justice system. In today's Earning Freedom episode, Donald describes how ... Read more →
    Donald Gridiron is on his way to prison. It's a big challenge for anyone, especially for a well educated man who didn't have any previous experience with the criminal justice system. In today's Earning Freedom episode, Donald describes how ... Read more →

  • 263: Preparing for Federal Prison
    263: Preparing for Federal Prison
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    Published: 8 May 2016 Duration: 31:46
    Scott Clark had been a successful businessman. Some decisions he made regarding raising capital led him to the crosshairs of prosecutors. Soon after agreeing to plead guilty, Scott contacted Justin Paperny of White Collar Prison Advice. Tha... Read more →
    Scott Clark had been a successful businessman. Some decisions he made regarding raising capital led him to the crosshairs of prosecutors. Soon after agreeing to plead guilty, Scott contacted Justin Paperny of White Collar Prison Advice. Tha... Read more →

  • 262: From Prostitution to Prison to Success
    262: From Prostitution to Prison to Success
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    Published: 8 May 2016 Duration: 16:51
    Alexis shares her inspiring story on the Earning Freedom podcast. She describes being abused by a pimp as a young woman. After years of prostitution, authorities sentenced her to a lengthy prison term. Upon being separated from her family, ... Read more →
    Alexis shares her inspiring story on the Earning Freedom podcast. She describes being abused by a pimp as a young woman. After years of prostitution, authorities sentenced her to a lengthy prison term. Upon being separated from her family, ... Read more →

  • 261: Gang Member to Prison to Professional Actor
    261: Gang Member to Prison to Professional Actor
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    Published: 8 May 2016 Duration: 24:36
    Today's show on Earning Freedom podcast features an amazing success story. Richard Esteras (@RichardEsteras) got involved in crime as a young man. Bad decisions led him to prison. While in prison, he made a decision to change his life. In t... Read more →
    Today's show on Earning Freedom podcast features an amazing success story. Richard Esteras (@RichardEsteras) got involved in crime as a young man. Bad decisions led him to prison. While in prison, he made a decision to change his life. In t... Read more →

  • 260: Malik King Inspires People in Prison
    260: Malik King Inspires People in Prison
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    Published: 24 Apr 2016 Duration: 22:05
    I met Malik King at an event that celebrated FAMM's 25th anniversary in Washington DC. When I met Malik, I asked if he was formerly incarcerated. He told me that he had never been to prison, but he corresponded with more than 200 federal pr... Read more →
    I met Malik King at an event that celebrated FAMM's 25th anniversary in Washington DC. When I met Malik, I asked if he was formerly incarcerated. He told me that he had never been to prison, but he corresponded with more than 200 federal pr... Read more →

  • 259: From prison to Ph.D--Dr. Michael Endres
    259: From prison to Ph.D--Dr. Michael Endres
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    Published: 4 Apr 2016 Duration: 38:20
    Michael Endres is an amazing man. He went to prison as a young man without much in the way of direction. A violent crime resulted in his receiving a lengthy sentence. While incarcerated, however, Michael realized that he wanted to change hi... Read more →
    Michael Endres is an amazing man. He went to prison as a young man without much in the way of direction. A violent crime resulted in his receiving a lengthy sentence. While incarcerated, however, Michael realized that he wanted to change hi... Read more →

  • 258: Returning to Society after Decades in Prison
    258: Returning to Society after Decades in Prison
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    Published: 30 Mar 2016 Duration: 33:58
    Today I interviewed Marcus White for the second time. He talks about his adjusting in society after decades in prison. Below is a brief bio he wrote. At nineteen years old the penal system had nearly captured the rest ofmy natural life for... Read more →
    Today I interviewed Marcus White for the second time. He talks about his adjusting in society after decades in prison. Below is a brief bio he wrote. At nineteen years old the penal system had nearly captured the rest ofmy natural life for... Read more →

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