Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The podcast is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist.

The team works in San Quentin’s media lab to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny, and always honest, offering a nuanced view of people living within the American prison system.

Ear Hustle was the winner of Radiotopia's Podquest contest in 2016, chosen from more than 1500 international entries. Radiotopia from PRX is a curated network of extraordinary, cutting-edge podcasts. 


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Co-Creator, Co-Producer, Co-Host

Earlonne Woods was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. He is serving 31 years-to-life for attempted second degree robbery. Since being incarcerated, Earlonne has received a GED, attended Coastline Community College, received several certifications in vocational trades and has attended many self-help groups. He is a member of the San Quentin Chapter of the Northern California Society of Professional Journalism.  Earlonne has a love for art and storytelling. 

Co-Creator, Co-Producer, Co-Host

Nigel Poor is a visual artist whose work explores the various ways people make a mark and leave behind evidence of their existence. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and can be found in various museum collections including the SFMOMA, the M.H. deYoung Museum,  and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. She is also a professor of photography at California State University, Sacramento. In 2011, Nigel got involved with San Quentin State Prison as a volunteer teacher for the Prison University Project. In 2013 she started working with a group of incarcerated men producing a radio project called The San Quentin Prison Report which airs on KALW 91.7 FM.

Co-Creator, Co-Producer, Sound Designer

Antwan Williams was born in 1988 in Los Angeles CA. He has been incarcerated since the age of 18 and is serving a 15 year sentence for an armed robbery with a gun enhancement. Antwan arrived at San Quentin in 2011, and shortly thereafter got involved with the San Quentin Media Lab. He is also a video editor and audio engineer who has worked on many productions in San Quentin. Antwan is a musician, rapper, poet, dancer, painter and actor who is passionate about the powers of art in aiding personal transformation.

Public Information Officer

Lt. Sam Robinson will have 21 years of service in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in July, 2017.  He began working for the former California Department of Corrections in July 1996 as a Correctional Officer at San Quentin State Prison.  Mr. Robinson was promoted to Correctional Sergeant in August 2000 and then promoted to Correctional Lieutenant in August 2005. For ten years of Mr. Robinson’s career, he was primarily assigned to the Condemned Inmate Unit. Currently, he is the Public Information Officer at San Quentin State Prison.


Ear Hustle is additionally supported by: Radiotopia's Julie Shapiro (Executive Producer), Curtis Fox (Consulting Editor), and Pat Mesiti-Miller (Producer and Sound Design Support.) Thanks to Cal Tabuena-Frolli for the awesome logo design.

*the fine print*

All of Ear Hustle's episodes are reviewed and approved by an official at San Quentin prior to release. Due to the unique nature of our production, we do not respond to outside requests or pitches for material. We also do not comment on any inmate activity (beyond episodes) or relay messages to anyone inside the facility.