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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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Tell Christy I Love Her

Tell Christy I Love Her

2019-10-1600:47:0423

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

2019-10-0200:43:5523

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

2019-09-1100:32:5022

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

2019-08-1400:42:0439

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

2019-08-0100:45:5340

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

2019-07-1700:43:5348

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

2019-07-0300:31:4030

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

2019-06-0500:37:0362

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.
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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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rP 619

this is all I listen 2

Sep 29th
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madogblue

Great episode. Loved the last tune towards the end of the episode

Sep 27th
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Mick Kelly

sick of lack of new content...bye...

Sep 27th
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Ricky St. Louis

God damn that song at the end was dope

Sep 14th
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WAKARAN

I love writing mail, so I was secretly sad when my now ex came out of jail. Haha I was sad and happy at the same time.

Sep 13th
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S Justice

haha to the washing the clothes in bathtub n hanging them on the fan to dry.. When my sister first got out she still would carry a pocket full of toilet paper with her when we went out, i had to tell her most places provided tp, so you can leave that here.

Sep 11th
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Eddie Daly

I made the questions section , I have never had so many people singing to me . Thank you it made me smile

Sep 11th
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Drew Anderson

so happy there's a new one!

Sep 11th
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She Mugh

this total isolation is just inhuman and should be forbidden. period.

Sep 5th
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JSM Salyer

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Sep 5th
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Amanda Harless

I love ear hustle. with that being said I do miss what made me love this show to begin with. hearing the inmates stories about how they got there and how life changed once arriving in prison. I get that they have to have different reasons for each episode or different stories in each episode but I wish that they could go back to the roots of the show for just one episode.

Sep 4th
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Andrea Garcia

sending this to my husband so he knows when he gets out this December that it is possible to get employed this time so he doesn't go back.

Aug 30th
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