128 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.

Ear Hustle Ear Hustle Plus

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 19.8K 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

    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.

    Shine Some Light

    Shine Some Light

    When she was in her 20s, Shanna was the victim of a violent attack. Ten years later, she’s ready to talk about the experience and the “full-time job” of recovery. 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. Can’t get enough Ear Hustle? Sign up for Ear Hustle Plus, our new subscription service. You’ll get ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, access to live chats with Ear Hustle and other listeners about the show, and more! earhustlesq.com/plus Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at earhustlesq.com. Radiotopia’s fall fundraiser is here! Donate today to support Ear Hustle. Thank you. https://on.prx.org/3s6RrL5

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19.8K Ratings

19.8K Ratings

Sammy_ez1897 ,

Best podcast

one of the best podcast for all time,,thank you for all efforts

yantiarifin ,

Amazing podcast

This podcast humanizes and brings to light the beautiful and forgotten souls in Americas prisons. Completely changed the way I think of the incarcerated. Everyone in America needs to listen to this.

#agirlhasaname ,

Thanks for giving us voices from the inside

So thankful that a friend in my book club told me about this podcast, which I’m now telling everyone about. Thanks for finding a way to let people tell their stories.

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