Episode 30: I Want the Fairy Tale
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

How does dating work in your 30s when you’ve been locked up since you were 15? How soon do you share your incarceration history with new love interests? And how the hell does online dating work? Recently released men and women muse about all of it, and one former San Quentin inmate tries to make a beeline from the gates to the altar.

Thanks to Anouthinh Pangthong, Curtis Roberts, Erika Solano, Lora Roberts, Valerie Rowell, Frank Rowell and Sara Kruzan for talking with us for this episode.

This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, David Jassy, Lee Jaspar (aka Matthew Lee Jasper), Rashiyd Zinnamon, E. Phil Phillips and Dee Dixon.

Sponsorship for this episode comes from Article and the American Red Cross.

 
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Episode 29: Kissing the Concrete
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

Serving a prison sentence is hard, but getting out isn’t exactly a cakewalk, either. A lot depends on who’s waiting for you, what you have lined up on the outside and how you handle the regular pressures of life after incarceration.

Thanks to Tevin Fournette, aka Cutty, and Ronnie Young for sharing their stories with us.

This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams and David Jassy. Thanks to Lisa Fournette, Tammy Arp, Jason Jones and David Cowen at Bonafide, and Ryken Grattet at UC Davis.

Sponsorship for this episode comes from Article and the American Red Cross.

Find the transcript for “Kissing the Concrete” here, and download the episode here.

 
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Episode 28: Respect the Paper
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

Hardly anyone writes letters anymore. On the streets it’s all texting, posting, sharing and liking. But in prison, pens, paper, envelopes and stamps are highly prized, and still considered an essential lifeline to the outside world.

Thanks to Eric Womak, Terry Kitchen, Michael Williams, Jesse Vasquez, Orrin “Artwork” Hutson, Kirk Davis, Lee Jaspar (aka Matthew Lee Jasper) and Antwan Williams for sharing their stories with us.

This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, David Jassy and E. Phil Phillips.

Sponsorship for this episode comes from Article

Find the transcript for “Respect the Paper” here, and download the episode here.

 
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Episode 27: Excuse Me on the Tier
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

Ear Hustle is back with season four! Let’s get oriented: to a new format and a new inside host, and through the stories of guys learning the prison ropes in Reception, while they wait to find out where they’ll serve their time.

A heads-up: This episode contains graphic descriptions of violence. Listener discretion is advised. 

Thanks to John “Yahya” Johnson, David Ditto, Talib Brooks, Louis Brackett and Jeff Atkins for sharing their stories with us.

This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams and David Jassy.

Sponsorship for this episode comes from HelloFresh

Find the transcript for “Excuse Me on the Tier” here, and download the episode here.

 
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Bonus: Road Trip
 
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Ear Hustle will return with season four later this year, but in the meantime, here’s a timely bonus episode. Nigel and Earlonne hit the road and drive south to interview the man who commuted Earlonne’s sentence in November: Governor Jerry Brown.

Thanks to Governor Jerry Brown and Evan Westrup, Governor Brown’s press secretary, for sitting down with us.

Ear Hustle is produced by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods with help from outside producer Pat Mesiti-Miller, who also comes in to lead the sound design team. This episode included music by David Jassy and Antwan Williams. And, a big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their continued support of the show.

P.S. Do you have an Ear Hustle mug yet?

 
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P.S. Asking and Giving
 
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As the annual Radiotopia fundraiser wraps up, we bring you one final missive of the year, including an appeal for support, a chance encounter and a musical offering from the inside.

What a season! Deep thanks to our listeners, to Dwight Krizman, Richie Morris and the other guys from Quentin Blue, and as always, to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their epic support of Ear Hustle. And to Radiotopia, the network that brought Ear Hustle to life! Donate here to support Radiotopia, and all of the shows it helps make possible.

Happy holidays to all, and we’ll catch up with you in 2019. In the meantime, sign up for the Lowdown to stay informed about all things Ear Hustle.

Love, 
Team Ear Hustle (Nigel, Earlonne, Pat, Curtis, Julie and Erin)

P.S. Do you have an Ear Hustle mug yet?

 
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Episode 26: Bittersweet
 
Illustration by Megan Piontkowski

Illustration by Megan Piontkowski

In prison, life’s major milestones usually pass at a distance. In our season three finale, Earlonne gets up close to a big one, while his brother’s family struggles with having missed out on too many.

A heads-up: This episode contains discussion of suicidal thoughts. Listener discretion is advised. You can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Thanks to Trevor Woods, Tyra Woodson and Lee Jaspar (aka Matthew Lee Jasper) for sharing their stories with us.

Ear Hustle is produced by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods with help from outside producer Pat Mesiti-Miller, who also comes in to lead the sound design team. This episode includes music by David Jassy, Antwan Williams, E. Phil Phillips, Gregg Sayers, Eric “Maserati E” Abercrombie and Lee Jaspar. And a big end-of-season thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show.

Thanks to Nectar for supporting this episode. And lastly — a standing ovation for our amazing listeners around the world who have shown so much support for Ear Hustle since day one. We’ll be taking some time to work out what comes next for the show, but rest assured we’ll be back in 2019 and can’t wait to share S4 and beyond with you!

Find the transcript for “Bittersweet” here, and download this episode here.

Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.

P.S. Do you have an Ear Hustle mug yet?

 
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Big News: It's Time
 
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Earlonne and Nigel got some big news earlier this week, from the office of California Governor Jerry Brown.

Stay tuned for more information about what’s next for Earlonne, and Ear Hustle, in our next episode.

You can find the transcript for “Big News: It’s Time” here and download the episode here.

 
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Episode 25: Prime Real Estate
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

Despite the additional hurdles involved, daters in prison fall into the same categories as daters on the outside: romantics, hopefuls and players.

Thanks to Charlie Srey, Sincere Carter, Kevin Turner, Mo, Allyson West and Jessie Ayers for talking to us for this story.

This episode was scored with music by David Jassy, Antwan Williams, E. Phil Phillips, Eric “Maserati E” Abercrombie and Lee Jaspar (aka Matthew Lee Jasper). Eternal thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show.

You can find a transcript for “Prime Real Estate” here and download the episode here.

Thanks to Nectar and Bombas for supporting this episode.

P.S. Check out the San Quentin News, who work in the media lab with us. And have you ordered one of our brand new Ear Hustle mugs yet?

 
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