Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. 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 fellow inmate Antwan Williams.

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 1,500 international entries. Radiotopia from PRX is a curated network of extraordinary, cutting-edge podcasts. 


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Co-Producer, Co-Host

Earlonne Woods was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. In 1997, he was sentenced to 31-years-to-life for attempted second degree robbery. While incarcerated, he received his GED, attended Coastline Community College and completed many vocational trade programs. In November 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown commuted Earlonne’s sentence after 21 years of incarceration. Upon his release, Earlonne was hired by PRX as a full-time producer for Ear Hustle, and will continue to work with Nigel, contributing stories about re-entry. While incarcerated, Earlonne became a member of the San Quentin Chapter of the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists. He has a love for art and storytelling. 

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.

Public Information Officer

Lt. Sam Robinson has over 22 years of service in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 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 10 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's distinct sound design is a team effort, from Pat Mesiti-Miller (Producer and Sound Design Support), inmates Antwan Williams and David Jassy, and others working in the media lab. 


Ear Hustle is additionally supported by: Radiotopia's Julie Shapiro (Executive Producer), Curtis Fox (Senior Producer) and Erin Wade (Digital Producer). 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.