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Ear Hustle brings you the daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration. The podcast is a partnership between Nigel Poor, a Bay Area visual artist, and Earlonne Woods, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and was co-founded with former San Quentin resident Antwan Williams. The Ear Hustle team works in the San Francisco Bay Area, both in San Quentin State Prison’s media lab and from offices on the outside, to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny and always honest. Episodes offer a nuanced view of people involved with the American prison system and those reintegrating into society after serving time.
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A Message from Ear Hustle

A Message from Ear Hustle

2019-11-2700:05:595

Back in 2016, our podcast network, Radiotopia, made the Ear Hustle dream a reality. In honor of Radiotopia’s annual fundraiser, Nigel and Earlonne dream a little about what other podcasts they might make one day.To support the network that supports Ear Hustle’s dreams, visit radiotopia.fm today.
Surprise! In this season four bonus episode, Earlonne sits down with Ear Hustle co-founder and sound design contributor, Antwan “Banks” Williams, who was recently released from San Quentin after serving 13 years in prison. The two talk about Antwan’s time inside, the person he’s become during those years, his work with Ear Hustle and his musical ambitions for the future.Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com, where you can also sign up for our newsletter and order a T-shirt, sticker pack or mug. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson, Warden Ron Davis and Krissi Khokhobashvili for their support of the show. And thanks to you, as ever, for listening.
Tell Christy I Love Her

Tell Christy I Love Her

2019-10-1600:47:0441

Tom was a cop; Jason was a teenager in a gang. One night in 1997, they had a violent encounter that Tom describes as “inevitable.” In our season finale, Tom and Jason relate the story of that night, and the series of events that unfolded in the years afterward.Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com, where you can also sign up for our newsletter and order a T-shirt, sticker pack or mug. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show, and Native, EPIX and BetterHelp for sponsoring this episode. And thanks to you for tuning in through all of season four!
Chicken on the Bone

Chicken on the Bone

2019-10-0200:43:5528

Historically, death sentences in California have led to eventual execution by the state. But these days, public opinion and state protocol are in flux, and the future is uncertain for those on death row at San Quentin.Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com, where you can also sign up for our newsletter and order a T-shirt, sticker pack or mug. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show, and Native, EPIX and BetterHelp for sponsoring this episode. And stay tuned for our season four finale, in two weeks!
Catch a Kite 4

Catch a Kite 4

2019-09-1100:32:5024

Sleep, soundtracks and signing in prison — the Ear Hustle crew tackles questions from listeners about these topics and more, in this season’s “Catch a Kite” episode. Plus, we’ll share some of our favorite listener-generated Ear Hustle theme remixes. Spoiler alert: harps ahead.Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com, where you can also sign up for our newsletter and order a T-shirt, sticker pack or mug. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show, and Lantigua Williams & Co. and BetterHelp for sponsoring this episode.
Life Shows Up

Life Shows Up

2019-08-2800:39:5533

Getting a job after serving time is crucial to rebuilding your life, but a criminal record inevitably gets in the way. Four people share stories about how their time inside both helped prep them for jobs outside and impacted their getting back to work.Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com, where you can also download and remix our theme song (remixes are due Aug. 31, so get yours in soon!!), sign up for our newsletter and order a T-shirt, sticker pack or mug. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.As always, thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show, and Lantigua Williams & Co. and Audible for sponsoring this episode.
Snack Money

Snack Money

2019-08-1400:42:0441

Running a prison takes a lot of work, and not just by the staff running the place. At San Quentin inmates work regular jobs, earn pennies on the hour and often supplement their income with a side hustle.Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com, where you can also download and remix our theme song (do it!), sign up for our newsletter and order a T-shirt, sticker pack or mug. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.Thanks also to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show, and Article, Lantigua Williams & Co. and Native for sponsoring this episode.
Inside Music

Inside Music

2019-08-0100:45:5343

I think we can all agree: It’s high time we devoted a full episode to the music of San Quentin.Thanks to all of the musicians who talked with us for this episode, and shared their songs. Find a full list of credits at earhustlesq.com, where you can also download and remix our theme song (do it!), sign up for our newsletter and order a T-shirt, sticker pack or mug. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.Thanks also to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show, and Article and Lantigua Williams & Co. for sponsoring this episode.
I Want the Fairy Tale

I Want the Fairy Tale

2019-07-1700:43:5349

How does dating work in your 30s when you’ve been locked up since you were 15? How soon do you share your incarceration history with new love interests? And how the hell does online dating work? Recently released men and women muse about all of it, and one former San Quentin inmate tries to make a beeline from the gates to the altar.Thanks to Article and the American Red Cross for sponsoring this episode.For a full list of credits and to find out more about the show, head to earhustlesq.com, where you can sign up for our newsletter and order a T-shirt, sticker pack or mug. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
Kissing the Concrete

Kissing the Concrete

2019-07-0300:31:4034

Serving a prison sentence is hard, but getting out isn’t exactly a cakewalk, either. A lot depends on who’s waiting for you, what you have lined up on the outside and how you handle the regular pressures of life after incarceration.Thanks to Article and the American Red Cross for sponsoring this episode.For a full list of credits and to find out more about the show, head to earhustlesq.com, where you can sign up for our newsletter and order a T-shirt, sticker pack or mug. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
Respect the Paper

Respect the Paper

2019-06-2000:36:5136

Hardly anyone writes letters anymore. On the streets it’s all texting, posting, sharing and liking. But in prison, pens, paper, envelopes and stamps are highly prized, and still considered an essential lifeline to the outside world.Thanks to Article for sponsoring this episode.For a full list of credits and to find out more about the show, head to earhustlesq.com, where you can sign up for our newsletter and order a T-shirt, sticker pack or mug. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
Excuse Me on the Tier

Excuse Me on the Tier

2019-06-0500:37:0365

Ear Hustle is back with season four! Let’s get oriented: to a new format and a new inside host, and through the stories of guys learning the prison ropes in Reception, while they wait to find out where they’ll serve their time.A heads-up: This episode contains graphic descriptions of violence. Listener discretion is advised.Thanks to HelloFresh for sponsoring this episode.For a full list of credits and to find out more about the show, head to earhustlesq.com, where you can sign up for our newsletter and order a T-shirt, sticker pack or mug. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
Season four preview

Season four preview

2019-05-2900:04:1716

Ear Hustle is back with season four, starting June 5. Mark your calendars and tell your friends!
Road Trip

Road Trip

2019-01-1600:46:5032

Ear Hustle will return with season four later this year, but in the meantime, here’s a timely bonus episode. Nigel and Earlonne hit the road and drive south to interview the man who commuted Earlonne’s sentence in November: Governor Jerry Brown.Thanks to Governor Jerry Brown and Evan Westrup, Governor Brown’s press secretary, for sitting down with us.Ear Hustle is produced by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods with help from outside producer Pat Mesiti-Miller, who also comes in to lead the sound design team. This episode included music by David Jassy and Antwan Williams. And, a big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their continued support of the show.Find out more about the show at earhustlesq.com, including where to get one of our awesome mugs. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
P.S. Asking and Giving

P.S. Asking and Giving

2018-12-1700:06:0114

As the annual Radiotopia fundraiser wraps up, we bring you one final missive of the year, including an appeal for support, a chance encounter and a musical offering from the inside.What a season! Deep thanks to our listeners, to Dwight Krizman, Richie Morris and the other guys from Quentin Blue, and as always, to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their epic support of Ear Hustle. And to Radiotopia, the network that brought Ear Hustle to life! Donate here to support Radiotopia, and all of the shows it helps make possible.Happy holidays to all, and we’ll catch up with you in 2019. In the meantime, sign up for the Lowdown to stay informed about all things Ear Hustle.Love, Team Ear Hustle (Nigel, Earlonne, Pat, Curtis, Julie and Erin)
Bittersweet

Bittersweet

2018-12-1200:47:4465

In prison, life’s major milestones usually pass at a distance. In our season three finale, Earlonne gets up close to a big one, while his brother’s family struggles with having missed out on too many.A heads-up: This episode contains discussion of suicidal thoughts. Listener discretion is advised. You can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.Thanks to Trevor Woods, Tyra Woodson and Lee Jaspar (aka Matthew Lee Jasper) for sharing their stories with us.Ear Hustle is produced by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods with help from outside producer Pat Mesiti-Miller, who also comes in to lead the sound design team. This episode includes music by David Jassy, Antwan Williams, E. Phil Phillips, Gregg Sayers, Eric “Maserati E” Abercrombie and Lee Jaspar. And a big end-of-season thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show.Thanks to Nectar for supporting this episode. And lastly — a standing ovation for you, our amazing listeners around the world who have shown so much support for Ear Hustle since day one. We’ll be taking some time to work out what comes next for the show, but rest assured we’ll be back in 2019 and can’t wait to share S4 and beyond with you!Find out more about the show at earhustlesq.com, and get an Ear Hustle mug to go with your T-shirt. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
Big News: It's Time

Big News: It's Time

2018-11-2400:38:3846

Earlonne and Nigel got some big news earlier this week, from the office of California Governor Jerry Brown.Stay tuned for more information about what’s next for Earlonne, and Ear Hustle, in our next episode.
Prime Real Estate

Prime Real Estate

2018-11-2100:39:5239

Despite the additional hurdles involved, daters in prison fall into the same categories as daters on the outside: romantics, hopefuls and players.Thanks to Charlie Srey, Sincere Carter, Kevin Turner, Mo, Allyson West and Jessie Ayers for talking to us for this story.Ear Hustle is produced by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods with help from outside producer Pat Mesiti-Miller, who also comes in to lead the sound design team. This episode was scored with music by David Jassy, Antwan Williams, E. Phil Phillips, Eric “Maserati E” Abercrombie and Lee Jaspar (aka Matthew Lee Jasper). Eternal thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show.Thanks to Nectar and Bombas for supporting this episode. Find out more about the show at earhustlesq.com, where you can also buy an Ear Hustle mug to go with your T-shirt! Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
The Big No No

The Big No No

2018-11-0800:39:0043

When you’re incarcerated, falling in love with prison staff or volunteers is prohibited. But… it happens. And it happened to Erin and Lisa, who then had to negotiate the joys and pitfalls of romance inside San Quentin.A heads-up: this episode contains discussion of domestic violence — listener discretion is advised.Thanks to Allyson West for talking with us, and to Erin for talking twice.Ear Hustle is produced by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods with help from outside producer Pat Mesiti-Miller, who also comes in to lead the sound design team. This episode was scored with music by David Jassy, Antwan Williams, Lee Jaspar (aka Matthew Lee Jasper), E. Phil Phillips, Dwight Krizman and Gregg Sayers. Eternal thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show.You can reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.Thanks to Nectar and Bombas for supporting this episode. Find out more about the show at earhustlesq.com, where you can also buy an Ear Hustle mug to go with your T-shirt! Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
Catch a Kite 3

Catch a Kite 3

2018-10-2400:32:3125

A “kite” is prison slang for a written note, and since Ear Hustle launched we’ve encouraged listeners to send in their questions about daily life inside San Quentin, via postcards, or kites. In this episode, we answer a handful of kites received via voice messages from listeners, touching on spectacle, humor, mental health, laundry and more.A heads-up: this episode contains graphic descriptions of violence — listener discretion is advised.Thanks to Rahsaan “New York” Thomas for helping out with this episode, and check out earhustlesq.com for a full list of the guys who helped answer questions.Ear Hustle is produced by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods with help from outside producer Pat Mesiti-Miller, who also comes in to lead the sound design team. This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, David Jassy and E. Phil Phillips. Our story editor is Curtis Fox, digital producer is Erin Wade and our executive producer for Radiotopia is Julie Shapiro. We’re grateful to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show. And thanks to Nectar for supporting this episode.Find out more about the show at earhustlesq.com, including how to buy a handsome Ear Hustle mug to go with your T-shirt. And, check out the San Quentin News, who work in the media lab with us. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
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Jess Laird

💚🧡💙

Nov 25th
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Jaded Love

Love music, love A music skills!! glad he is out and doing his thing. can't wait to hear his music in movies 😎 ❤❤💜💜💜🔥 bout to go follow him on the Gram 😁

Nov 20th
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jason cole

loved it. thanks for the podcast

Nov 19th
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Jaded Love

this was deep... is all i can say! 💜💜

Nov 18th
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Jaded Love

this episode was definitely a learning experience! thanks to the guys for opening up and sharing.. im sure that was a challenge! 👍

Nov 15th
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Backtofront

Justin's story is really powerful but i don't hear Tom doing time or having his life messed up or asking forgiveness for the guy he murdered while he was running away. at least i can understand Justin feeling like it was kill or be killed even though that's messed up he wasn't going out of his way to kill anyone. Or his wife being messed up that her husband murdered for his job. Again the moral of the story for me is ACAB

Nov 14th
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Jaded Love

I looove the music of ear hustle... All the rendentions were str8🔥🔥 RUDY (hope I spelled the young man's name correctly) keep doing ya thing! That base tho! 🙌😍 #musiclover

Nov 13th
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Denicia Lewis

I love this podcast and everything about it. my husband is doing time and listening to this podcast gives me a idea of life on the inside

Nov 8th
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Alohalani Colon-Escobar

Absolutely amazing, such a beautiful story. By far my favorite episode this season !!! 😍😍😍

Nov 4th
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Sjenna Allison

I cried!!!!!!! Had a happy cry for you in the car! I can't even imagine the feeling. so happy. x

Oct 30th
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CaptainCrazy11

Congratz E on getting out of San Quentin! I hope you get to read this message in a comfortable environment, with a good plate of food in front of you, and a beautiful woman with you! 21 years is a long damn time, regardless of your offense. I hope you are well!

Oct 30th
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Nancy M

I have enjoyed each and every season. I also like that if you write to them they actually take the time to respond!

Oct 28th
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CaptainCrazy11

brilliant podcast! loved the song at the end. so much wasted talent in then pen.

Oct 22nd
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David Lindsten

Thank you everyone involved in this episode. The transforming power of compassion, forgiveness and love displayed by Christy and Tom moved me to my core. Jason, letting yourself be loved like that allows the rest of us to so the same. Youre all beautiful and I feel so much respect, admiration and reverence for you all. Words dont do justice what you bring into the world ❤

Oct 21st
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Sophie Bamonte

this is the most incredible story of reconciliation. it moved me so much. thank you for publishing such vital work of hope.

Oct 18th
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Jackie Marcucci

I'm from Bakersfield. I remember this incident.

Oct 17th
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Michelle Griffiths

WOW....my fav ep of all

Oct 17th
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Bert Eldredge

amazing story. I am a prison chaplain in Wyoming. also on Barbarian Prophet Podcast. giving you a shout out next show

Oct 16th
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Drew Anderson

hands down one of the best podcasts out right now. I love the new co-host and how Erlon still is involved. Please keep the seasons and episodes coming!

Oct 7th
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Perry D Nixon

I'd love to know the name of the song playing at 2:05 🎵🎶🎧

Oct 5th
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