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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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Excuse Me on the Tier

Excuse Me on the Tier

2019-06-0500:37:0331

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 John “Yahya” Johnson, Talib Brooks, David Ditto, Louis Brackett and Jeff Atkins for sharing their stories with us.Ear Hustle is produced by Nigel Poor, Earlonne Woods, Rahsaan “New York” Thomas, John “Yahya” Johnson, Pat Mesiti-Miller and Bruce Wallace. This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams and David Jassy. Big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for continuing to support the show, as we enter our fourth season!Thanks to HelloFresh for sponsoring this episode.Find out more about the show at earhustlesq.com, including how to sign up for our newsletter, or send a question (by postcard) that might get answered in a future episode. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
Season four preview

Season four preview

2019-05-2900:04:1713

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

Road Trip

2019-01-1600:14:2931

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

2018-12-1700:06:0110

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

2018-12-1200:47:4459

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

2018-11-2400:04:5941

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

2018-11-2100:39:5233

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

2018-11-0800:39:0033

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

2018-10-2400:32:3122

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.
This Place

This Place

2018-10-1000:40:5626

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 Jaspar (aka Matthew 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.
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Comments (290)

Janeth Quezada

my wish is that ALL illegals can go back to our countries and the privileged American citizens can really see what their "land of the free" would look like, I wonder how Free it would be then.

Jun 13th
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Janeth Quezada

loving this podcast!! thank you for the constant reminder that life is all about the small things in life.

Jun 13th
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Debbie Crawford

Yayyyy! I'm stoked!! Season 4

Jun 11th
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Debora Meehan

Thank you for Season 4! Looking forward to the Episodes

Jun 8th
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Natasha Mitchell

erlon I'm waiting to hear about this girlfriend of yours..... dont make us wait too long. I've been waiting since the last episode.

Jun 6th
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Wicked Lil Pixie

I would totally spend my $200 on coffee as well

Jun 5th
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Amanda Harless

I have been waiting so long for this episode. finally season 4!

Jun 5th
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Ange Russell-Stiles

I am so happy they're back! I listen to a ton of podcasts ... sleep is the only time I'm not actively listening. Of all the podcasts I listen to, Ear Hustle is the one I am the most emotionally moved by. I recommend it daily.

May 29th
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Greer Denae

I can't wait, this is my favorite true podcast. I wish everyone luck

May 29th
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S Justice

Is it the 5th yet!?! lol

May 29th
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Kelley Morgan

SEASON 4 PREVIEW!!!! YYYYYYAAAAAASSSSS!!!!!

May 29th
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Susan Forgrave

And all without the internet! Mind blown...

May 22nd
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Walter Reiter

BRING BACK THE BEST PODCAST ON AIR. WE NEED THIS SHOW TODAY !!!!!!

May 21st
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lawless vapors

when is a new episode coming!!!

May 18th
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Samantha Glass

Great Series!!!! We love it very much!

May 14th
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Roxanne Thomas

I almost made it through the episode without crying.

May 6th
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Frederik Bramming

impossible to hear the lieutenant

May 6th
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Roxanne Thomas

this episode really made me cry. the podcast has absolutely changed my perspective.

May 2nd
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Stephanie Fueger

Love this song played during the count time!

Apr 30th
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Erika Myers

this is so heartbreaking

Apr 19th
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