129 episodes

Ear Hustle is prison slang for eavesdropping, and that’s what listening to the show feels like: a raw, often funny, and always surprising peek into the reality of life inside prison.

Hosts Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods co-created the show that launched in 2017 while Earlonne was incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, where Nigel was a volunteer teaching photography. Since Earlonne’s release in 2018, the show has expanded to include stories from prisons across the state, including the California Institution for Women, as well as stories about getting out of prison and starting over, post-incarceration.

From finding romance, to grappling with a life sentence, to trying to parent via 15-minute phone calls, Ear Hustle stories deliver what This American Life host Ira Glass calls a “"very real” and “untragic” take on prison life.

Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a network of independent listener-supported podcasts. Discover audio with vision at radiotopia.fm and learn more about Ear Hustle at earhustlesq.com.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 97 Ratings

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Ear Hustle is prison slang for eavesdropping, and that’s what listening to the show feels like: a raw, often funny, and always surprising peek into the reality of life inside prison.

Hosts Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods co-created the show that launched in 2017 while Earlonne was incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, where Nigel was a volunteer teaching photography. Since Earlonne’s release in 2018, the show has expanded to include stories from prisons across the state, including the California Institution for Women, as well as stories about getting out of prison and starting over, post-incarceration.

From finding romance, to grappling with a life sentence, to trying to parent via 15-minute phone calls, Ear Hustle stories deliver what This American Life host Ira Glass calls a “"very real” and “untragic” take on prison life.

Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a network of independent listener-supported podcasts. Discover audio with vision at radiotopia.fm and learn more about Ear Hustle at earhustlesq.com.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    EH+ Ask Ear Hustle Anything 4

    EH+ Ask Ear Hustle Anything 4

    It’s February’s Ask Me Anything episode! Earlonne and Nigel answer questions sent in by subscribers, relayed by EH executive producer Bruce Wallace. There’s no prep and very little editing. Anything can happen.


    Things mentioned in this episode:


    “Sentenced to Life for an Accident Miles Away,” the recent New Yorker article about felony murder laws


    A few sound design edit notes from Amy on the last episode of season 12



    Amy Standen


    1:53 PM Dec 19


    SD - Sorry E -- but can you try a different music? this feels too jokey. Doesn't have to be SO happy -- just something EH-y that's got some momentum to it


    Amy Standen


    8:47 PM Dec 16


    this will need to be paced so it can "dance with the music" (TM)


    Amy Standen


    8:12 PM Dec 16


    SD here in between these different voices? like a ziiiip or zaap?



    Earlonne’s karaoke song


    Nigel’s karaoke song (if she didn’t hate karaoke)


    Bonus: The song Nigel wants sung at her funeral


    Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.

    Ear Hustle Extra: A Sneak Peek at "Cellies, with Commentary"

    Ear Hustle Extra: A Sneak Peek at "Cellies, with Commentary"

    Season 13 is coming soon; in the meantime, here’s a glimpse of what’s going on in Ear Hustle Plus, our new subscription feed. In this excerpt, Nigel and Earlonne listen back to their very first episode, “ Cellies,” and chat with executive producer Bruce Wallace about what life was like behind the scenes when Ear Hustle first stepped into the world, what’s changed since then, and the question in that episode that drove Earlonne nuts. To hear the rest of the Cellies commentary episode, sign up at earhustlesq.com/plus. You’ll also get access to more bonus content, including monthly Ask Me Anything episodes, where Nigel and Earlonne take on listener questions — the weirder, the better! Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.

    • 11 min
    EH+ Ask Ear Hustle Anything 3

    EH+ Ask Ear Hustle Anything 3

    It’s a bonus Ask Me Anything episode! Earlonne and Nigel answer questions sent in by subscribers, relayed by EH executive producer Bruce Wallace. There’s no prep and very little editing. Anything can happen.


    Links to things mentioned in this episode:


    “12 Hours on the Yard,” perhaps our most technically complex episode to date


    “Transitional,” with its controversial listener alert


    As an Ear Hustle Plus subscriber, you can ask us questions anytime. Add them to earhustle.supercast.com/ama OR to the #ama channel in our Discord space.


    Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.

    EH+ Ear Hustle's First Episode, with Commentary

    EH+ Ear Hustle's First Episode, with Commentary

    As we celebrate Ear Hustle’s 100th episode, Nigel and Earlonne listen back to their very first episode, “Cellies,” and talk to EH executive producer Bruce Wallace about what was going on behind the scenes when Ear Hustle first stepped into the world, and what’s changed since then.


    And subscribers, keep your questions coming! As an Ear Hustle Plus subscriber, you can ask us questions for our regular AMA episodes anytime. Add them to earhustle.supercast.com/ama OR to the #ama channel in our Discord space.


    Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.

    Bunkies

    Bunkies

    In honor of our 100th episode (!) Ear Hustle revisits our very first one – “Cellies” – this time with a twist: Residents of the California Institution for Women tell us stories about “bunkies,” the good, the bad, and the…complicated. Big thanks to Acting Warden Oak Smith and Lt. Guim'Mara Berry at San Quentin State Prison, and Acting Warden Molly Hill and Lt. William Newborg at the California Institution for Women 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. Want one more way to celebrate Ear Hustle’s 100th episode? Sign up for Ear Hustle Plus today to hear Earlonne and Nigel listening back to their first episode, “Cellies,” reflecting on what was going on behind the scenes when Ear Hustle first came onto the scene, and what’s changed since then.

    • 47 min
    EH+ Ask Ear Hustle Anything 2

    EH+ Ask Ear Hustle Anything 2

    It’s December’s bonus Ask Me Anything episode! Earlonne and Nigel answer questions sent in by subscribers, relayed by EH executive producer Bruce Wallace. There’s no prep and very little editing. Anything can happen.


    Links to things mentioned in this episode:


    “The Bells,” the episode that features Belinda’s story about her late partner, Marcos.


    “Do it Movin’,” wherein Gary Helm isn’t that sorry about his mom losing her house because he jumped bail.


    As an Ear Hustle Plus subscriber, you can ask us questions anytime. Add them to earhustle.supercast.com/ama OR to the #ama channel in our Discord space.


    Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Mimimumsydelser ,

Listen to it!

This podcast is one of the best I have ever listened to.
It is interesting, warm, funny sometimes sweet, sometimes heartbreaking - and important.
I have learned so much from this podcast and been intertained at the same time!
And the music is so good.

NederenNicholas ,

The human condition on full display

Ear Hustle brings you the authentic life stories of inmates (and as of season 3, former inamtes) of Saint Quintin State Prison. Each episode covers a specific topic, and different inmates tells their stories as they relate to the theme at hand. The stories are well told, and the editors do a great job of ensuring entertainment value and conciseness. The stories reflect the human experience in all its colours, from the mundane to the extreme, from the tragic to the hilarious. Besides amazing hosts, the inmates who you hear from are interesting and goodhearted people, and their tales gives you glimpses into how humans feel, perceive, and motivate through the rollercoaster of life. Personally, I listen to Ear Hustle to be reminded that every one is the main character in their own story, and if I had the time, ever person I pass in the street could tell me a story worthy of a biopic. Listen to Ear Hustle, you wont regret it.

Flycocogirli ,

An insight in inmates life

Very interesting podcast. I've listened to every single episode and I really appreciate the opportunity to hear more about how life is in prison. I send you guys lots of love from Denmark ❤️

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