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2022-09-2148:068

Sam Brown spent 24 years in prison not just denying his crime, but lying about it, over and over again. Finally, he decided to come clean. Would the parole board believe him? Each episode this season will feature new artwork by an incarcerated artist. You can see their illustrations on our website. Is this your first time listening to Ear Hustle? Are you trying to convince a friend to start listening? For our tenth season, we’ve chosen 10 essential Ear Hustle episodes. Find those here. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
The Five Senses

The Five Senses

2022-09-0739:189

Life in prison can mess with your senses. There are smells you can’t unsmell, and sounds you long to hear. Some tastes you forget about entirely, and some forms of touch are almost too evocative to bear. Five San Quentin residents reflect on the sights, tastes, touch, smells, and sounds of prison life. Each episode this season will feature new artwork by an incarcerated artist. You can see their illustrations on our website. Is this your first time listening to Ear Hustle? Are you trying to convince a friend to start listening? For our tenth season, we’ve chosen 10 essential Ear Hustle episodes. Find those here. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
A special episode from Uncuffed: During the COVID lockdown at San Quentin, Steve and Darren both got unexpected letters that changed their lives. This is the second episode of the new season of KALW’s Uncuffed, a podcast training program at San Quentin and California State Prison, Solano. They’re in the middle of an emergency fundraiser right now, trying to keep their training and broadcast programs going after their main funder rescinded a grant because of a bureaucratic error. You can learn more and support Uncuffed’s work here. Uncuffed is a production of KALW public radio in San Francisco. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
The Ear Hustle team is hard at work on our next season, which launches September 7! In the meantime, we’d like to tell you about a new podcast, hosted by Jason Reynolds. Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, and the Library of Congress' national ambassador for young people's literature. He’s ambitious, he says yes to everything, and he’s feeling overwhelmed. On the first episode of My Mother Made Me, his new podcast with Radiotopia Presents, Jason turns to his mother for advice, and discovers that overwhelmed is a feeling she knows very well. Find out more about My Mother Made Me here. Also mentioned in this episode: The latest season of Motive, from WBEZ Chicago, explores the culture and secrets of prisons in small-town Illinois. And the podcast series Deliberate Indifference examines how the Alabama prison system became one of the most dangerous in the country. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
The jig was up for Ryan, so he told police he’d turn himself in. His mom had one request: a final family meal at Applebee’s. Plus, Earlonne and Nigel head to the intersection of Firmona and Marine Avenues in Lawndale, California, the scene of E's last memory before being locked up. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com. We did it! Thanks to your generosity, we reached our goal of 1,000 donors and unlocked the $25,000 matching gift. Thank you! If you wanted to donate but haven’t yet, you can still chip in and help us explore more beyond San Quentin.
Last Memory: Michael

Last Memory: Michael

2022-05-2535:228

The day before committing the crime that sent him to prison, Michael stood in a parking lot in Bakersfield, California, and looked up at the sky. Twenty-two years later, Earlonne and Nigel visit that same parking lot, then return to San Quentin to tell Michael what they found. If you need help for yourself or someone else, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com. We’re more than halfway to our goal of 1,000 donors! Donate to help us get there and unlock a matching gift of $25,000.
What Is This?

What Is This?

2022-04-2742:086

Life in prison, without regular sex and intimacy, can cause all sorts of emotional and physical issues. Yep, we're going there — to explore the impact of this constraint inside prison, and for men and women seeking close relationships after they get out. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com. Support the show and become one of 1,000 listeners to donate before June 8. Learn more and donate at https://on.prx.org/3KMxzRw.
Gabrieleen Silver Queen

Gabrieleen Silver Queen

2022-04-1345:0611

What happens to a prison town when its main prison closes? The residents of Susanville, in Northern California, are about to find out. Ear Hustle took a road trip to see how Susanvillers — both inside and outside the prison — are reacting to the news. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
Boots and Max

Boots and Max

2022-03-1630:3510

We talk about love on Ear Hustle, plenty, but it’s hard to think of prison as a “romantic” place. What does dating look and feel like, on the inside? Against all odds, sometimes true love prevails. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Thanks also to everyone who called in to tell us their one-minute love stories. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
15 Minutes

15 Minutes

2022-03-0221:4510

In California and many other states, calls from prison are limited to 15 minutes and are monitored, recorded, and often difficult to come by. But whether you’re trying to fix a marriage or a broken wall heater, these short conversations are a lifeline for family on the outside. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
Sometimes, when you’re up against a big state institution, you have to make some trouble. For this mini-episode, part of Radiotopia’s winter fundraiser, we share a few stories about incarcerated people trying to effect small change but not always getting the results they want. This special episode of Ear Hustle is a part of Radiotopia’s winter fundraiser. Your support helps foster independent, artist-owned podcasts and award-winning stories. Donate today at radiotopia.fm. Thank you! As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
We’re between seasons but have an exciting update to share with listeners: Our friend and colleague Rahsaan “New York” Thomas’ prison sentence has been commuted by California Governor Gavin Newsom. What does this mean for Rahsaan’s release from San Quentin? As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
While Ear Hustle works on its next season, which starts March 2, we wanted to introduce you to the podcast Written Off. It features formerly incarcerated young writers talking about their journeys and creative processes. In this episode, host Walter Thompson-Hernández talks with writer Candice Price, and actor Keke Palmer performs one of Price’s pieces. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact one of the resources below for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor anytime: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Crisis Text line: Text “Connect” to 741-741 The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
Camp Grace

Camp Grace

2021-12-2243:308

This past fall, we followed a group of kids into Salinas Valley State Prison to spend two days with their dads, whom they hadn’t seen in years. Through music, crafts, and games, the idea behind Camp Grace is to put aside prison personas and reconnect with fatherhood. But relationships strained by incarceration can be hard to fix. Find out more about Camp Grace here. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
Tray, Tumbler, Spork

Tray, Tumbler, Spork

2021-12-0859:2316

Earlier this year, some of the Ear Hustle team spent a month living under a specific set of constraints informed by the daily routines of our inside colleagues, changing the way we ate, got dressed, and exercised. The goal wasn’t to replicate prison life, but to see how constraint shapes the way we experience the world. We report back on what was hard, what was surprising, and what we discovered along the way. You can learn more about the Ear Hustle Challenge here and about Tehching Hsieh’s performance art that inspired it here. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
Yard of Dreams

Yard of Dreams

2021-11-1756:4210

Sports in prison are more than just games. They can be an outlet for stress, the realization of dreams deferred, or a positive way to prove oneself to peers and family. In this episode, one player battles for acceptance and a spot on the San Quentin baseball team, a two-time Super Bowl champion goes from partying with the Patriots to living in a 5x9 cell, and resident sports reporter Rahsaan “New York” Thomas attempts to win a one-on-one basketball game on behalf of all the nerds. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
Counting Lines

Counting Lines

2021-11-0355:488

Going to prison in your home country can be disorienting enough. What about when you’re new to the culture, don’t speak the language, and are thousands of miles from family and friends? Three Americans describe their experiences of incarceration in Japan, Thailand, and Iran. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
Taxx Is Tripping

Taxx Is Tripping

2021-10-2059:1310

What does it take to be bonnaroo in prison? We explore the creative ways people inside transform and beautify their physical selves and their living environment, using whatever they can find within prison walls. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
Stormy Monday

Stormy Monday

2021-10-0659:596

At Ear Hustle, we hear more from listeners about music than almost any other topic. In response, we bring you the Ear Hustle Mixtape, including stories about an unlikely instrument that’s been showing up on the yard at San Quentin, Native American sweat lodges and music, and getting the band back together post-incarceration. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
Do It Movin’

Do It Movin’

2021-09-2254:4110

We bring you stories about the ups and downs of making bail and the bittersweet taste of freedom when you know you’re about to lose it. Plus: Nigel confronts a man with no regrets, and Ear Hustle says goodbye to a friend of the show. To find out more about the Ear Hustle 30-Day Challenge, and to participate with us, visit earhustlesq.com/challenge. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.
Comments (607)

Lori Fletcher LaPorte

Wow!! He's getting out this year? this episode was powerful......

Jun 14th
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Dan Pollard

This podcast is just pure gold. Well done, once again.

Jun 6th
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Ang E. Garcia

it is the personal touch. I know my man in jail can have the same feelings reading my letters as I did writing them. no pc or printed out paper can ever take that away.

Apr 29th
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Debra Beattie

like this

Jan 2nd
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dchamberss dchamberss

I thought it was written and read by a 12 year old. Seventy percent of black kids have no dad so that black women stay dependent on the Democrat party of the KKK and Jim Crow. If I want to listen to an articulate, intelligent black woman, I listen to Candace Owens - not this racist, self-obsessed drivel. Low quality drivel at-that.

Dec 29th
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Anonymous

Hi, is there any plan to release the Ear Hustle book in paperback?? The book seems to have been requested by a number of incarcerated as a Christmas gift, unfortunately though I am getting the impression that hard cover books are not accepted by many facilities....

Dec 17th
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Kronen Bing

a bittersweet story about Curtis. very touching. very well done podcast. Thank you Team Ear Hustle.

Nov 11th
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Kronen Bing

really enjoying this show recommended by a friend. great idea and content is fascinating

Nov 10th
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Kelly Scott

After listening to the guard talk....Tell me your a fan of systematic oppression and racism with out tell me your fan of systematic oppression and racism. 🤨

Oct 28th
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AvidlyListening

Great music 🎶 thank you as always!

Oct 6th
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Paul Rosson

just started the podcast and I'm up to unwritten...ty for my new favorite thing!!!

Sep 30th
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Drew Anderson

Absolutely fuuuuck that guy with THIRTY kids who left his mom in the lurch like that. Scum of the earth.

Sep 23rd
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Emmaleen Jones

I'm so happy ear hustle is back!! I binge listened when I found the podcast earlier this year and have been hanging for new episodes. Love the show!

Sep 10th
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M J Caine

It was my understanding to be placed on Death Row you had to commit at least one murder and an additional serious crime such as rape, armed hold-up etc. Pity you couldn't record Scott Peterson when he was on Death Row, now that would have been something! Great podcast.

Aug 19th
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Mounder Blue

WADUP WITH ANEW EPISODE? I MISS YALL!

Aug 4th
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ID20723200

She is only kept in prison for political reasons. She far more remorseful, contrite, and empathetic then many others sentenced to life who are now out and thriving in society. She’s taken full and complete responsibility, is far more accountable than the above average citizen, and the last three governor’s of California are cowards for not releasing her. She’s no different than any other lifer who has been released after committing murder or a litany of other life crimes. The notoriety of this case is all that keeps her there. She’s paid dearly and she outta be released where she could at least live the rest of her days in freedom. She’s a tremendous Christian woman who will live the rest of her life making living amends. Anyone who knows her story and doesn’t advocate for her freedom is complicit in her incarceration. All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.

Jun 20th
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alicia

Hope you have a follow up interview

Jun 17th
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Kate Whitehouse

love this podcast, have listened to it forever, really enjoyed this special episode. so appreciate their moral compass, none of us are perfect

Jun 10th
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Nicole Berkhuizen

love this podcast...and especially this episode..and ms lady J is an beautiful soul...

Jun 4th
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CobaltAbsol

I will forever call then Dun Dun Duuuuns now.

May 13th
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