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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 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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Snack Money

Snack Money

2019-08-1400:42:0418

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

2019-08-0100:45:5324

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

2019-07-1700:43:5338

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

2019-07-0300:31:4021

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

2019-06-2000:36:5130

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

2019-06-0500:37:0356

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

2019-01-1600:46:5031

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

2018-12-1700:06:0112

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

2018-12-1200:47:4461

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.
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Kathy Ferry-Pawlowski

Great Podcast 5 stars

Aug 17th
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Stella Vee

just my opinion, but this show should be required listening

Aug 15th
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KateSos75

Stella Vee right!?

Aug 15th
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Andrea Garcia

my husband is at Wasco right now , I'm definitely sending him this transcript.

Aug 15th
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Fion Lewis

Andrea Garcia Oh, that's ok

Aug 16th
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Wiebke Preuss

poor Curtis, his parents nicknamed him Ugly! that's so awful.

Aug 10th
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CaptainCrazy11

excellent podcast.

Aug 9th
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Nikki Schoonover

SO GREAT

Aug 3rd
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sharon joseph

happy for you Earlon! so sad for your brother and your nephews mom...I am praying that they find peace...🙏🏾💜🙏🏾

Jul 31st
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Sophia

sharon joseph 🙏🙏

Jul 31st
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Denise Perkins

I wish I were at home, I'm so trying not to flood my desk with tears. I'll have to come back and listen again when I can emote in private <3

Jul 29th
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Wyatt Hayes

Denise Perkins Ah, it's reallt moved...

Jul 30th
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Chloe Watson

I like the new host, New York.

Jul 29th
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Wyatt Hayes

Chloe Watson WOW, Me too!

Jul 30th
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Chloe Watson

Wow, when I heard what he did to get into prison, my mouth fell open. Wow, just wow!!

Jul 28th
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Bryan Coates

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Jul 27th
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alicia

Again great episode! Sending nothing but love, happiness and positive energy to Sarah, Curtis & Earlonne!

Jul 26th
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Chloe Watson

Wow, the things we take for granted. Practicing on how to hug your mother. Heartbreaking...

Jul 26th
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Rox Mrsol

wow, every time I hear Sarah speak on this podcast, it brings me to tears. She's so gentle and idk, soft? but you can tell she's a fighter and powerful and strong, and has done so much work to unpack and cope with her past....and then hearing that this new man in her life is Earlonne!? Holy shit, that made me cry like an idiot on my commute to work. I'm sending so much love and strength and well-wishes to the beautiful couple, and am glad to see that SOMETIMES, once in a while, things work out just as they should for that moment in time.

Jul 24th
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Doreen Perry

Rox Mrsol yes, totally agree

Jul 25th
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Chris Horton

Sweet, deep, and thoughtful episode

Jul 20th
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George Watson III

There you go E. Congratulations and good luck

Jul 20th
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Angela Johnson

im not crying, you're crying! E & Sarah 💜

Jul 20th
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Colbert Williams

Angela Johnson 💜💜💜

Jul 22nd
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Travis Porter

damn E got her good😁

Jul 19th
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Ian Anthony Sowell

Travis Porter Don't mind me, just commenting.

Jul 19th
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April All Year

Big love from Memphis!

Jul 19th
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Rita Moore

April All Year 👍👍

Jul 19th
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Greer Denae

what a sweet pod cast. wish all the happy couples many years of bless. life is amazing on all the turns it has for us

Jul 18th
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Archie Smith

Greer Denae Love your comment! Wish all the happy couples many years of bless!

Jul 19th
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