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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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The Gray Goose

The Gray Goose

2020-09-0953:3012

Being incarcerated doesn’t always mean staying in one place. Ear Hustle kicks off Season Six with stories from inside the vans and buses that carry people to and between prisons. Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com. The National Suicide Prevention Line can be reached at 800-273-8255. Aly Tamboura, who appears in this episode, now works for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which financially supports the production of Ear Hustle.
Ear Hustle will be back with new episodes starting September 9. In the meantime, we talk with people experiencing the COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin and other California prisons, firsthand. Plus, we’re not the only podcast sharing stories and highlighting voices from prison and post-incarceration. Here are a few other shows to check out over the summer: The Secret Life of Prisons, from the Prison Radio Association in the UK Featured in this episode: “The Arrival” Birds Eye View, made by women in the Darwin Correctional Centre in Australia Featured in this episode: “Making HERstory” Uncuffed, produced by men incarcerated at Solano and San Quentin state prisons in California for KALW Featured in this episode: “Sky Boii” and “Maserati-E” More songs by Remus Sam Langi at the bottom of the page here Life on the Outside, produced by Lucy Copp Featured in this episode: “Mother California” Snap Judgment’s story “The Officer” Voices of San Quentin on Instagram @VoicesofSanQuentin Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits, and a list of more shows about life inside and post-incarceration, at earhustlesq.com.
Nobody Comes Back

Nobody Comes Back

2020-06-1059:3625

Getting out of prison means freedom, but this liberation often comes with caveats. In our final episode of the season, three formerly incarcerated people describe the unwelcome surprises that were waiting for them on the other side of the gates. Plus, Ear Hustlers respond to the murder of George Floyd and recent protests. Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
Tired of Running

Tired of Running

2020-05-2750:4523

Hollywood loves stories about fugitives on the run, but in reality that lifestyle is anything but glamorous, especially for those who get pulled in along the way. One woman reflects back on six years spent on the lam in Mexico, after her husband was charged with murder and their family fled south. We’re nearing the end of our first-ever spring fundraiser, and we need your help. If you can spare a little to support the show, go to earhustlesq.com/donate. Thank you! Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
Catch a Kite 5

Catch a Kite 5

2020-05-1345:3322

Every season we answer questions from listeners in our Catch a Kite episode. This time around, formerly incarcerated people lend their experiences and lessons learned to a group of kids currently incarcerated at a juvenile facility in Madison, Wisconsin. We’re in the middle of our first-ever spring fundraiser. If you can spare a little to support the show, go to earhustlesq.com/donate. Thank you! And check out our new, limited-edition T-shirt, featuring an illustration by listener Anna Hicks. Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
Hold That Space

Hold That Space

2020-04-2950:1526

Four women share their stories of loving incarcerated men, and the challenges they face in maintaining their relationships, staying hopeful about an eventual reunion, and carrying on with their lives on the outside. We just launched a month-long fundraiser. If you can spare a little to support the show, go to earhustlesq.com/donate. Thank you! And check out our new, limited-edition T-shirt, featuring an illustration by listener Anna Hicks. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support.
Sorry Means Nothing

Sorry Means Nothing

2020-04-1557:5221

One crime is treated differently than all others, both inside and outside prison. People who commit sex crimes against children are often ostracized, abused by fellow inmates, and deemed beyond rehabilitation. On this episode, we talk to victims and perpetrators about the causes for, and impacts of, these crimes. A note: This episode includes disturbing content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Please use discretion in listening. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support.
Us and Them

Us and Them

2020-04-0159:1723

The relationships between incarcerated people and the correctional officers who guard their prisons are often as bad as you might expect. But sometimes, they’re a lot more complicated. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com, where you can also sign up for our newsletter or send a question (by postcard) that might get answered in a future episode. We particularly want to hear from incarcerated people and their families about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting them. Information on how to get in touch is on our website. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support, and to CBSi’s “The Lost Tapes” for sponsoring this episode.
Locked Down Again

Locked Down Again

2020-03-1846:0228

As the Coronavirus pandemic locks down parts of America and the world, we revisit an episode from 2018 about how the San Quentin community manages a prison lockdown. During a San Quentin lockdown, the prison grinds to a halt, and men are confined to their cells 24 hours a day. What causes a lockdown, and how do guys survive the wait when boredom, uncertainty, hunger and isolation can push them over the edge? A heads-up: this episode contains discussion of suicide and self-harm — listener discretion is advised. You can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com, where you can also sign up for our newsletter and or send a question (by postcard) that might get answered in a future episode. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support.
Myths & Monikers

Myths & Monikers

2020-03-0443:4333

In prison, almost everyone has a nickname, and whether true or not, nearly every nickname has a story behind it. If that story is good enough, it might just become the stuff of legend. A heads-up: This episode contains discussion of sexual violence. Listener discretion is advised. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com, where you can also sign up for our newsletter and get the details on our T-shirt design contest. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the new season, and to Native, Article, Sony Music Entertainment, Wrongful Conviction and Stanford Children’s Hospital for sponsoring this episode.
In honor of the launch of “Over the Road,” Radiotopia’s new show about long-haul trucking, Earlonne and Nigel talk with a formerly incarcerated truck driver about being a woman in a male-dominated profession, and about how she stays safe on the open road. This episode is part of a network-wide project to welcome “Over the Road” into the Radiotopia family. Head to overtheroad.fm for more information about the show.
A Message from Ear Hustle

A Message from Ear Hustle

2019-11-2750:3811

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

2019-10-1647:0463

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

2019-10-0243:5531

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

2019-09-1132:5032

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

2019-08-2839:5540

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

2019-08-1442:0446

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

2019-08-0145:5351

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

2019-07-1743:5362

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.
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Jaded Love

so glad you all are back!! 😍🤩🤗

Sep 11th
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bob caygeon

I don't feel sorry for these convicts. I feel sorry for the people they brutalized and victimized and the broken, traumatized families of the victims.

Sep 8th
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Kelly Scott

You guys did a great job covering this topic but this bitch is crazy and her husband IS a monster. I feel sorry for her son.

Sep 2nd
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Nicole Hutto

I love this podcast! Have binge listened all of them in the last 2 or 3 weeks. Can't wait for the next season!!

Sep 1st
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Jeremy Burns

heart breaking story of a life and marriage changed in a moment. Then as the light at the end of the is finally visible they are struck down again with major medical issues. praying God will heal this family and give them a fresh start.

Aug 15th
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Vanessa Kirby

Just discovered ya. I started late last night ...and im already kate ed to 10 episodes! 😁 Great podcast, informative, and yall vibe like no other!

Aug 4th
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Brian Rhodes

Great Job!! EVERY show so great! So glad that the public can here how it really goes down inside the walls. Best of luck to everyone working on turning your lives around. Its worth the struggle. But the streets are still hard.After u get out. That's when the real work begins! 🔓🆓😃

Aug 1st
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Brian Rhodes

Great Job!! EVERY show so great! So glad that the public can here how it really goes down inside the walls. Best of luck to everyone working on turning your lives around. Its worth the struggle. But the streets are still hard.After u get out. That's when the real work begins! 🔓🆓😃

Aug 1st
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Chris Rice

I seen Mr. woods on a interview with Ted Koppel well done sir

Jul 18th
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Aniket Beedikar

This is so inhuman. Spent 10 minutes trying to imagine what it would be like in the SHU, and even just imagining it is so scary. Actually experiencing it... don't know how people managed

Jul 18th
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Niki Wilson

His song had me jammin while working 🔥

Jul 6th
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Neatz Davis

oh. my. god. That just hit me right in the feels really hard. I was not expecting that at all and it's made me so happy. There is good in the world.

Jun 18th
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Quamon King

a challenge for Big and Small journalist is a question can the media police it's self. I just create and produced Big Q media and Big Q Social media. I'm not a con. I'm a philosopher.

Jun 17th
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Quamon King

When I was a FBI and Flint police fugitive I wrote and recorded a song titled Lecter by A-Menace Featuring Shoestring on YouTube #BigQMedia.

Jun 15th
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Quamon King

When I was a FBI and Flint police fugitive I wrote and recorded a song titled Shoe About That Money by Rapper Shoestring on YouTube #BigQMedia.

Jun 15th
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Quamon King

when I was a FBI fugitive I met a white lady at a local store on the north side of Flint, Michigan. we exchanged phone numbers she lived on the west side I visited her she sucks and fucks but I never saw her again.

Jun 15th
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Quamon King

when I was a Flint police gang unit fugitive I wrote and recorded a song titled Hard Drugs by 6 Tre G Feat Young Buck from G Unit on YouTube #BigQMedia.

Jun 15th
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Quamon King

When I was a FBI and Flint police fugitive I wrote and recorded a song titled Feel The AKA by 6 Tre G on YouTube. #BigQMedia

Jun 15th
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Quamon King

When I was a FBI and Flint police fugitive I recorded and wrote a song titled The Real Thang by 6 Tre G on YouTube #BigQMedia

Jun 15th
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Quamon King

When I was a FBI and Flint police fugitive I wrote and recorded a G Funk Rap Song titled Salute Me by 6 Tre G on YouTube #BigQMedia.

Jun 15th
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