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Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The podcast is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist. The team works in San Quentin’s media lab to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny and always honest, offering a nuanced view of people living within the American prison system.
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This Place
This time on Ear Hustle we’re trying something different: we’re diving into San Quentin’s 166-year history. Normally, we get the guys inside to tell stories. But this place itself does speak, and it’s not always through words.A heads-up: this episode contains graphic descriptions of violence — listener discretion is advised.Thanks to George “Mesro” Coles-El, Richard Richardson aka Bonaru, John Robb, Norman Willhoite, Gregg Sayers, Lee Jasper, Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Clinton T. Duffy for sharing their stories.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, with contributions from Antwan WIlliams. 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.See the photos the guys describe in this episode on our website. You can find out more about the San Quentin Archive project on Nigel’s website, and information about Nigel’s show in Milwaukee through the Milwaukee Art Museum. Plus, learn more about Warden Clinton T. Duffy and check out his book.Thanks to Nectar for supporting this episode. You can 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.

This Place

2018-10-1000:38:3516

Birdbaths and a Lockbox
During a San Quentin lockdown, the prison grinds to a halt, and men are confined to their cells 24 hours a day. On the heels of a summer lockdown, we’re kicking off season three by looking into what causes one, and how 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.Thanks to Michael Williams, Jason Perry, Aaron Taylor, Jessie Vasquez and Lee Jasper for sharing their stories with us. Thanks also to Gregg Sayers for performing his song “Lost in Time,” with additional vocals by Eric Abercrombie, aka Maserati E.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 Jasper, E. Phil Phillips and Earlonne Woods. Our story editor is Curtis Fox, Erin Wade is our digital producer and our executive producer for Radiotopia is Julie Shapiro. We also want to thank Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their continued support of the show.Find out more about the show at earhustlesq.com, where you can now buy an Ear Hustle mug to go with your t-shirt! Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.

Birdbaths and a Lockbox

2018-09-1200:38:2134

Catch a Kite 2
A “kite” is prison slang for a written note. Since Ear Hustle launched, we’ve encouraged listeners to send in their questions about the show and life inside via postcards, or “kites.” In this episode, Earlonne and Nigel dig into the pile of 1021 (!) postcards that have arrived from all over the world.So many people contributed to this episode: Thanks to all the men in blue and volunteers who tried to guess the most common question we get asked. Thanks to Kevin Sawyer for talking books; Adnan Khan, Eddie Herera, Khalifa Christensen and Shadeed Wallace-Stepter for talking TV; Luke Colondres, Antwan Williams, Kevin Sawyer, Greg Eskridge, E Phil Phillips and Jason Jones for singing TV theme songs; Bruce Brew Fowler for explaining his tattoos; Rodney Card Man Wiley for performing his magic; Maserati E for performing music for us, and big thanks for Officer Girard for being the first Corrections Officer to get on the mic. Now and always: thanks to Lt Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of Ear Hustle.Ear Hustle is produced by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods with help outside producer Pat Mesiti-Miller, who also comes in to lead the sound design team. This episode was scored and sound designed with music by David Jassy and Antwan Williams. Our consulting editor is Curtis Fox and executive producer for Radiotopia is Julie Shapiro.Thanks also to NECTAR Sleep for supporting the show.Find out more at earhustlesq.com, including how to send a kite that might get answered in a future episode — just like this one. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.p.s. That answer to your question about whether we have t-shirts for sale? Yes, we do.

Catch a Kite 2

2018-05-0900:32:1422

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Comments (176)

Michele Combee

I applaud Aaron's honesty. Not everyone could be so raw. way to go Ear Hustle!

Nov 12th
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Autumn Idziak

I love this podcast so much! everyone deserves forgiveness and deserves love.

Nov 8th
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Ryan Wagoner

Just when you think they couldn't have any more interesting topics to discuss after the first two, award worthy, great seasons; they punch you right in the heart. Prison love stories, the good kind. Love this show!

Nov 8th
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james linville

passed the dungeon doors many times...usually on my way to west block and always wondered about it, fortunately i discharged a v # in 2008. love the podcast , would love it if you guys could talk about the murals in the dining halls. people would

Nov 3rd
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MommaOG

thanks E and all the guys involved on this episode! 😁 u did good flyin solo E ✌

Oct 26th
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Smoke the mirroR

this is the only podcast that i check regularly for a new episode

Oct 26th
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Brian Jacobson

fantastic episode

Oct 21st
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Gerald Daigle

That was a great listen.

Oct 15th
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Leslie Nelson

Amazing episode! Love the podcast always, but as a history geek, can't wait to dig up that book!

Oct 10th
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Rita-Louise Montour

this is an amazing show!!! I've only listened to 3 and I'm in love. Great content and wonderful insight to life.

Oct 5th
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April Myers Andress

This is my all time favorite podcast!

Sep 27th
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MommaOG

this was a very interesting episode. i learned something new. as always.. so their detained..the detainee is taken care of as he serves his time.. with U.S dollars..they work at the prison..the system makes money from the inmates manual labor and then their deported?? im confused?? 😣 😕 who's paying for the ICE detention center??

Sep 26th
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Kristin Critchlow

Lost in Time is a truly amazing song!!! I could feel the pain in the song like it was my own and it truly brought me to tears.

Sep 25th
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J Therl

Love this beat during the credits!!! Sick work!

Sep 25th
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yayabones82

powerful episode.

Sep 21st
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Jackie Marcucci

so grateful for this podcast. I've loved each episode. please don't stop.

Sep 21st
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Eve M

that song is powerful

Sep 19th
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Ami Hontalas

Dope beats!

Sep 19th
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Dyall By Design

so glad you guys are bacj

Sep 18th
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Nicholas King

My favourite podcast!

Sep 18th
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