94 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.

Ear Hustle Radiotopia

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 19K Ratings

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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 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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    Ear Hustle Presents: My Mother Made Me

    Ear Hustle Presents: My Mother Made Me

    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.

    • 33 min
    Last Memory: Ryan and Earlonne

    Last Memory: Ryan and Earlonne

    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’re so close to our fundraising goal of 1,000 donors! Donate to help us get there and unlock a matching gift of $25,000.

    • 50 min
    Last Memory: Michael

    Last Memory: Michael

    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.

    • 29 min
    Catch a Kite 7

    Catch a Kite 7

    This season we're flipping the script on our traditional Catch a Kite episodes, exploring questions asked and answered between San Quentin State Prison and the California Institution for Women. Do men in prison form unofficial families the way incarcerated women do? Do women sentenced for killing an abusive spouse receive fair sentences? Which candies from the prison package catalog appeal the most in both places? All of this, and more, in Catch a Kite 7. 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. Give us a boost and help us reach our goal of 1,000 donors by June 8! Learn more and donate today, at https://on.prx.org/3KMxzRw. Tell us what Ear Hustle has helped YOU explore and why you're supporting the show. Leave us a voicemail at 1-510-906-1569, or send a voice memo to info@earhustlesq.com. Thanks!

    • 37 min
    What Is This?

    What Is This?

    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.

    • 38 min
    Gabrieleen Silver Queen

    Gabrieleen Silver Queen

    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.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19K Ratings

19K Ratings

Djsim218 ,

Can’t stop listening

For some reason I put off listening to this podcast for years. I started listening about a month ago and was hooked after the first episode. I’m almost caught up and love it so much. Nigel and Earllone are great hosts and their topics are so intriguing.

cholaberg ,

Eye opener

Thank you for this podcast. I’m a new listener and I heard about y’all through Alcatraz, and I just want to say thank you for sharing your stories with us. Thank you for despite living conditions y’all keep such a positive outlook on life. Y’all have made me realize that y’all are just humans who at one point in time made wrong choices but which one of us hasn’t. Again thank you.

Longhorngent ,

Awesome!

You guys never cease to entertain us with your awesome stories about life inside and outside of San Quentin! Thanks for putting this stuff out there! We can feel all of the love that goes into it. Very educating too.

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