55 episodes

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 former 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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    • Documentary
    • 4.9, 1.2K Ratings

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 former 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.

    Ear Hustle Extra: Summer Listening

    Ear Hustle Extra: Summer Listening

    Ear Hustle will be back with new episodes starting September 9. In the meantime, we talk with people experiencing the COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin and other California prisons, firsthand. Plus, we’re not the only podcast sharing stories and highlighting voices from prison and post-incarceration. Here are a few other shows to check out over the summer: The Secret Life of Prisons, from the Prison Radio Association in the UK. Featured in this episode: “The Arrival” Birds Eye View, made by women in the Darwin Correctional Centre in Australia. Featured in this episode: “Making HERstory” Uncuffed, produced by men incarcerated at Solano and San Quentin state prisons in California for KALW. Featured in this episode: “Sky Boii” and “Maserati-E” More songs by Remus Sam Langi here Life on the Outside, produced by Lucy Copp. Featured in this episode: “Mother California” Snap Judgement’s story “The Officer” Voices of San Quentin on Instagram @VoicesofSanQuentin

    • 33 min
    Nobody Comes Back

    Nobody Comes Back

    Getting out of prison means freedom, but this liberation often comes with caveats. In our final episode of the season, three formerly incarcerated people describe the unwelcome surprises that were waiting for them on the other side of the gates. Plus, Ear Hustlers respond to the murder of George Floyd and recent protests. Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.

    • 56 min
    Tired of Running

    Tired of Running

    Hollywood loves stories about fugitives on the run, but in reality that lifestyle is anything but glamorous, especially for those who get pulled in along the way. One woman reflects back on six years spent on the lam in Mexico, after her husband was charged with murder and their family fled south. We’re nearing the end of our first-ever spring fundraiser, and we need your help. If you can spare a little to support the show, go to earhustlesq.com/donate. Thank you! Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.

    • 46 min
    Catch a Kite 5

    Catch a Kite 5

    Every season we answer questions from listeners in our Catch a Kite episode. This time around, formerly incarcerated people lend their experiences and lessons learned to a group of kids currently incarcerated at a juvenile facility in Madison, Wisconsin. We’re in the middle of our first-ever spring fundraiser. If you can spare a little to support the show, go to earhustlesq.com/donate. Thank you! And check out our new, limited-edition T-shirt, featuring an illustration by listener Anna Hicks. Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com.

    • 43 min
    Hold That Space

    Hold That Space

    Four women share their stories of loving incarcerated men, and the challenges they face in maintaining their relationships, staying hopeful about an eventual reunion, and carrying on with their lives on the outside. We just launched a month-long fundraiser. If you can spare a little to support the show, go to earhustlesq.com/donate. Thank you! And check out our new, limited-edition T-shirt, featuring an illustration by listener Anna Hicks. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support.

    • 46 min
    Sorry Means Nothing

    Sorry Means Nothing

    One crime is treated differently than all others, both inside and outside prison. People who commit sex crimes against children are often ostracized, abused by fellow inmates, and deemed beyond rehabilitation. On this episode, we talk to victims and perpetrators about the causes for, and impacts of, these crimes. A note: This episode includes disturbing content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Please use discretion in listening. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

ewsy78 ,

Outstanding!

I recently listened to the British equivalent”Banged Up” which was also brilliant. This digs deep and addresses so many issues with the American prison system. 3 strikes! Insane. Years of solitary confinement. Harsh and overlong sentences.
Yet San Quentin seems to focus on rehabilitation. Focus groups. Redemption. Giving something back. Surely this is the way forward. They are called correctional facilities after all. This is essential listening.

ollie esj ,

Impossibly good

Do your self a favour and listen to what is the best podcast ever

Remi Young ,

So interesting

Love this show. So interesting and insightful to life inside an American prison

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