Ear Hustle podcast

Ear Hustle

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 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.

 

#132

Daughters

What’s it like to serve out a prison sentence alongside your mom? At the Central California Women’s Facility, a handful of mom-daughter combos are doing time together — some more harmoniously than others. We’re grateful to Rosa, Ms. Li, Tina, and Ryan for sharing their stories with us.  This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, Rhashiyd Zinnamon, and David Jassy.Big thanks to Acting Warden Andes and Lt. Berry at San Quentin State Prison, and Acting Warden Parker, Associate Warden Lewis, and Lt. Newborg at the California Institution for Women for their support of the show.Special thanks to Lt. Williams at the Central California Women's Facility for making our visits to the prison possible, and for her continued support of the show.  Our fundraiser is almost over, and we still need 370 donors to help us reach our goal! And if you can become a monthly donor at $10 or more, we’ll give you access to ad-free episodes and bonus EH+ content as a token of our thanks! Make your gift at [on.prx.org/4d5WnCm] (http://on.prx.org/4d5WnCm) .  Ear Hustle is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (https://www.radiotopia.fm/) , from PRX.  ... Read more

12 Jun 2024

43 MINS

43:30

12 Jun 2024


#131

Crocasacks

When he was growing up, gang life gave Larry confidence, purpose, and an identity. But after years behind bars, the affiliation lost its luster. He tells Earlonne about becoming Lala from the East Coast Crips, and the long road back to being Larry.Thanks to Larry Davis for talking to us for this episode.This episode was scored with music by David Jassy, Antwan Williams, Derrell Sadiq Davis, and Earlonne Woods.Big thanks to Acting Warden Andes and Lt. Berry at San Quentin State Prison, and Acting Warden Parker, Associate Warden Lewis, and Lt. Newborg at the California Institution for Women for their support of the show. Support our team and get even more Ear Hustle by subscribing to Ear Hustle Plus today. Sign up at [earhustlesq.com/plus] (https://earhustlesq.com/plus) or in the Apple Podcasts app.  It’s our spring fundraiser, and we’re trying to reach 1,000 donors! Learn more and donate: [on.prx.org/4d5WnCm] (http://on.prx.org/4d5WnCm) Ear Hustle is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (https://www.radiotopia.fm/) , from PRX.  ... Read more

29 May 2024

49 MINS

49:41

29 May 2024


#130

Catch a Kite Nationwide

For our latest Catch a Kite episode, we’re taking advantage of a new tool: the electronic tablets that recently became available in 400+ jails and prisons across the nation. Using their tablets, incarcerated Ear Hustlers from around the country responded to listener questions, including: What do people in prison hide from their families? And what’s something that you can only learn from being in prison? Thanks to Alvin, at Muskegon Correctional Facility in Michigan; Silk, at Chautauqua County Jail in New York; Cortez, at Ashland County Jail in Ohio; Darrell, at Pruntytown Correctional Center in West Virginia; Alexis, at Pamunkey Regional Jail in Virginia; Owen, at North Central Regional Jail in West Virginia; Damian, at Neuse Correctional Institution in North Carolina; Chris, at Washington Correctional Center in Washington; Krista, at Leath Correctional Institution in South Carolina; Brandon, at Montana State Prison in Montana; Kelly, at Omaha Correctional Center in Nebraska; Demetrius, at Richard Handlon Correctional Facility in Michigan; Donald, at Two Rivers Correctional Facility in Oregon; Ruby, at Western Correctional Center for Women in North Carolina; and Andres, at Mount Olive Correctional Complex in West Virginia, for listening to Ear Hustle on their tablets and speaking with us for the episode. Thanks to Sophia, John, and Manuel from Los Angeles; Cameron from Boston; Gail from St. Augustine, Florida; and Erica from Centerville, Massachusetts, for calling in with their questions. Thanks also to John Timpone and Meghan Tobin of Edovo for helping us expand our Catch a Kite reach to people incarcerated across the nation.This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams. As always, we’re grateful to Lt. Berry at San Quentin State Prison for her support of the show. Support our team and get even more Ear Hustle by subscribing to Ear Hustle Plus today. Sign up at [earhustlesq.com/plus] (https://earhustlesq.com/plus) or right in Apple Podcasts. Our spring fundraiser is here! Learn more and donate: [on.prx.org/4d5WnCm ] (http://on.prx.org/4d5WnCm) Ear Hustle is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (https://www.radiotopia.fm/) , from PRX.  ... Read more

15 May 2024

32 MINS

32:21

15 May 2024


#129

Moms

In honor of Mother’s Day, some decidedly un-Hallmark-y stories about incarceration and motherhood. Thanks to Mary Behun, Reggie, and Kat for speaking with us for this episode. This episode was scored with music by David Jassy, Antwan Williams, Fernando Arruda, Dwight Krizman, Rhashiyd Zinnamon, and Earlonne Woods. Big thanks to Acting Warden Andes and Lt. Berry at San Quentin State Prison, and Acting Warden Parker, Associate Warden Lewis, and Lt. Newborg at the California Institution for Women for their support of the show. Our spring fundraiser is here! Learn more and donate: [on.prx.org/4d5WnCm] (http://on.prx.org/4d5WnCm)   Ear Hustle is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (https://www.radiotopia.fm/) , from PRX.  ... Read more

01 May 2024

42 MINS

42:18

01 May 2024


#128

Hope Lacquer

Inside prison, as well as out, some of us cling to stuff and some of us let go. In this episode: two cell-block neighbors engage in a gentle dispute, Tony attempts to Marie Kondo his future from inside prison, and Mesro won’t have his keepsakes disrespected.Thanks to our colleagues and collaborators inside San Quentin — Carrington, Mesro, Sadiq, and Tony — for talking to us about their stuff, and to Tony’s Uncle Eric for welcoming us into his home.  This episode was scored with music by David Jassy, Antwan Williams, E. Phil Phillips, Rhashiyd Zinnamon, Gregory Dixon, and Earlonne Woods.Big thanks to Acting Warden Andes and Lt. Berry at San Quentin State Prison, and Acting Warden Parker, Associate Warden Lewis, and Lt. Newborg at the California Institution for Women for their support of the show. Support our team and get even more Ear Hustle by subscribing to Ear Hustle Plus today. Sign up at [earhustlesq.com/plus] (https://earhustlesq.com/plus) or directly in Apple Podcasts. (And while you’re there, leave us a review!) Ear Hustle is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (https://www.radiotopia.fm/) , from PRX.  ... Read more

17 Apr 2024

49 MINS

49:36

17 Apr 2024


#127

Five Mirrors

Twelve years ago, Nigel asked San Quentin resident Greg Eskridge to write a list of everything he owned in prison. That much, Earlonne remembers. The rest of this episode is a surprise gift, from one Ear Hustle host to another.  Thanks to Greg Eskridge for speaking and sharing his lists with us. You can hear more of Greg on the podcast [Uncuffed] (https://www.weareuncuffed.org/) , a podcast training program based in San Quentin and Solano prisons. This episode was scored with music by Rhashiyd Zinnamon, Derrell Sadiq Davis, Antwan Williams, David Jassy, and Earlonne Woods.Big thanks to Acting Warden Andes and Lt. Berry at San Quentin State Prison, and Acting Warden Williams and Lt. Newborg at the California Institution for Women for their support of the show. Support our team and get even more Ear Hustle by subscribing to Ear Hustle Plus today. Sign up at [earhustlesq.com/plus] (https://earhustlesq.com/plus) or directly in Apple Podcasts.  Ear Hustle is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (https://www.radiotopia.fm/) , from PRX.  ... Read more

03 Apr 2024

44 MINS

44:55

03 Apr 2024


#126

What's Up, Michael Freeman?

A bucolic garden, six kinds of breakfast cereal, and around-the-clock bedside vigil: How one California prison is trying to mitigate the fears and unknowns of dying inside prison. Thanks to Joseph Bick, Michele DiTomas, Terrance Harris, Allan Hickman, Gerard Hite, Jerry Judson, Keith Knauf, Alan Krenitsky, Kenneth Langill, Jeff Maria, Earl Miller, Michael Powell, and Frederick Roberts for speaking to us for this episode. This episode was scored with music by Rhashiyd Zinnamon, Fernando Arruda, Antwan Williams, and Earlonne Woods. “Down The Hall” Performed by Bonnie Raitt © 2022 Redwing Records, LLC. © 2022 Open Secret Music (ASCAP) – Administered by Bluewater Music Services Corp. Used By Permission. All Rights Reserved. Big thanks to Acting Warden Smith and Lt. Berry at San Quentin State Prison, and Acting Warden Hill and Lt. Newborg at the California Institution for Women for their support of the show. We’re also grateful to Acting Warden Cueva and Lt. Gonzalez at the California Medical Facility for allowing our team to record inside the hospice. Support our team and get even more Ear Hustle by subscribing to Ear Hustle Plus today. Sign up at [earhustlesq.com/plus] (https://earhustlesq.com/plus) or directly in Apple Podcasts. Ear Hustle is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (https://www.radiotopia.fm/) , from PRX. ... Read more

20 Mar 2024

51 MINS

51:18

20 Mar 2024


#125

A Rock Across a Lake

We’ve never based a whole episode on a poem before, but this one, by Sky, took us by surprise. It’s both a record of longing for all the things she can’t do in prison — sleep in a teepee, have a cookie jar, touch a rabbit — and a way of doing those things in her mind.  Big thanks to Acting Warden Andes and Lt. Berry at San Quentin State Prison, and Acting Warden Williams and Lt. Newborg at the California Institution for Women for their support of the show. Support our team and get even more Ear Hustle by subscribing to Ear Hustle Plus today. Sign up at [earhustlesq.com/plus] (https://earhustlesq.com/plus) or in Apple Podcasts by tapping on the "Subscribe" button.  Ear Hustle is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (https://www.radiotopia.fm/) , from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at [earhustlesq.com] (https://www.earhustlesq.com/) . ... Read more

06 Mar 2024

28 MINS

28:09

06 Mar 2024


#124

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] (http://earhustlesq.com/plus) , our new subscription feed. In this excerpt, Nigel and Earlonne listen back to their very first episode, “ [Cellies] (https://www.earhustlesq.com/episodes/2017/6/14/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] (http://earhustlesq.com/plus) , or follow the “EAR HUSTLE +” link on our main page in Apple Podcasts. 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] (https://www.radiotopia.fm/) , from PRX. ... Read more

14 Feb 2024

11 MINS

11:20

14 Feb 2024


#123

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] (https://www.radiotopia.fm/) , from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at [earhustlesq.com] (https://www.earhustlesq.com/) . Want one more way to celebrate Ear Hustle’s 100th episode? Sign up for [Ear Hustle Plus] (https://www.earhustlesq.com/plus) today to hear Earlonne and Nigel listening back to their first episode, “ [Cellies] (https://www.earhustlesq.com/episodes/2017/6/14/cellies) ,” reflecting on what was going on behind the scenes when Ear Hustle first stepped into the world, and what’s changed since then. ... Read more

20 Dec 2023

46 MINS

46:22

20 Dec 2023


#122

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] (https://earhustlesq.com/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 ] (http://earhustlesq.com/plus) Ear Hustle is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (https://www.radiotopia.fm/) , from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at [earhustlesq.com] (https://www.earhustlesq.com/) . Radiotopia’s fall fundraiser is here! [Donate today] (https://on.prx.org/3s6RrL5) to support Ear Hustle. Thank you. [https://on.prx.org/3s6RrL5] (https://on.prx.org/3s6RrL5) ... Read more

29 Nov 2023

42 MINS

42:19

29 Nov 2023


#121

That World

Nigel and Earlonne visit the largest women's prison in the world, the Central California Women's Facility, and speak to five people about building a life in a tough environment, and calling that place home. Special thanks to Warden Anissa De La Cruz and Lt. Monique Williams for welcoming us to CCWF. Thanks also 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. Radiotopia’s fall fundraiser is here! [Donate today] (https://on.prx.org/3s6RrL5) to support Ear Hustle. Thank you! [https://on.prx.org/3s6RrL5] (https://on.prx.org/3s6RrL5) We’re going on the road! Check out our upcoming tour dates [here] (https://earhustlesq.com/tour) . Can’t get enough Ear Hustle? Sign up for [Ear Hustle Plus] (https://earhustlesq.com/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! Ear Hustle is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (https://www.radiotopia.fm/) , from PRX. Find a full list of episode credits at [earhustlesq.com] (https://www.earhustlesq.com/) . ... Read more

15 Nov 2023

47 MINS

47:18

15 Nov 2023