Episodes

 

Ear Hustle brings you the 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, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison,
 and was co-founded with fellow inmate Antwan Williams.


 
Episode 26: Bittersweet
 

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!

You can download this episode here.

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

P.S. Do you have an Ear Hustle mug to go with your T-shirt yet?

 Illustration by Megan Piontkowski

Illustration by Megan Piontkowski

 
Nigel Poor
Big News: It's Time
 

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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Nigel Poor
Episode 25: Prime Real Estate
 

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 to match your T-shirt yet?

 Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
Episode 24: The Big No No
 

When you’re incarcerated, falling in love with prison staff or volunteers is prohibited. But… it happens. And it happened to Erin and Lisa, who then had to negotiate the joys and pitfalls of romance inside San Quentin.

A heads-up: this episode contains discussion of domestic violence — listener discretion is advised.

Thanks to Allyson West for talking with us, and to Erin for talking twice.

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

You can reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

You can find the transcript to “The Big No No” here, and you can 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 to match your T-shirt yet?

 Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
Episode 23: Catch a Kite 3
 

A “kite” is prison slang for a written note, and since Ear Hustle launched we’ve encouraged listeners to send in their questions about daily life inside San Quentin, via postcards, or kites. In this episode, we answer a handful of  kites received via voice messages from listeners, touching on spectacle, humor, mental health, laundry and more.

A heads-up: this episode contains graphic descriptions of violence — listener discretion is advised.

Thanks to Rahsaan “New York” Thomas for helping out with this episode, and thanks also to the following guys who helped answer questions:

Strangest Thing Question: Trevor Woods, Andrew Hardy, Anthony Bootsie Coleman, Lawrence Udukobraye Pela, Ernie Cuadras, Thomas Ford, Brian Asey
Laundry Question: Adrian D. Johnson, Travis Westly, David Ditto, Shawn Garth, Ventrell Johnson
Mental Health Question: Darren Shoemake, Mike Adams, Anthony “Ant” Ammons
Comedy Question: Jonathan Chiu, Eric Lamont Durr
C.O. Question: C.O. Rojas, C.O. Santos, C.O. Smith, C.O. Gil
Callers: Chris, Pat, Kerry, Susie, Kevin

This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, David Jassy and E. Phil Phillips. We’re grateful to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show.

You can find the transcript to “Catch a Kite 3” here, and you can download the episode here.

And thanks to Nectar 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 to match your T-shirt yet?

 Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
Episode 22: This Place
 

This time on Ear Hustle we’re trying something different: we’re diving into San Quentin’s 166-year history. Normally, we get the guys inside to tell stories. But this place itself does speak, and it’s not always through words.

A heads-up: this episode contains graphic descriptions of violence — listener discretion is advised.

Below, find the images described in this episode. Click through to view them all.

Thanks to George “Mesro” Coles-El, Richard Richardson aka Bonaru, John Robb, Norman Willhoite, Gregg Sayers, Lee Jaspar (aka Matthew Lee Jasper), Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Clinton T. Duffy for sharing their stories.

This episode includes music by David Jassy, with contributions from Antwan Williams. We’re grateful to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis, for their support of the show. And thanks to Nectar, for supporting this episode.

You can find out more about the San Quentin Archive project on Nigel’s website, and information about Nigel’s show in Milwaukee through the Milwaukee Art Museum. Plus, learn more about Warden Clinton T. Duffy and check out his book. And, check out the San Quentin News, who work in the media lab with us.

You can find the transcript to “This Place” here, and download the episode here.

P.S. Have you ordered one of our brand new Ear Hustle mugs to match your T-shirt yet?

 Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
Episode 21: Future on Ice
 

Being an immigrant in an American prison can pose unique challenges, like deciding which racial group you’ll identify with. But sometimes the biggest hurdles don’t become apparent until the day you are released.

Thanks to Martin Gomez, Miguel Sifuentes, Wayne Boatwright, Phoeun You, David Jassy, Borey Ai (aka PJ) and Marco Villa for sharing their stories with us. And thanks to Jose Diaz, Vicente Gomez and Gerardo Sanchez-Muratalla, the Three Guitarists.

This episode was scored with music by David Jassy, with contributions from Antwan Williams. As always, much gratitude to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their continued support of Ear Hustle.

You can find a transcript of “Future on Ice” here, and download the episode here.

P.S. Have you gotten one of our brand new Ear Hustle mugs to match your T-shirt yet?

 Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
Episode 20: Birdbaths and a Lockbox
 

During a San Quentin lockdown, the prison grinds to a halt, and men are confined to their cells 24 hours a day. On the heels of a summer lockdown, we’re kicking off season three by looking into what causes one, and how guys survive the wait when boredom, uncertainty, hunger and isolation can push them over the edge.

A heads-up: this episode contains discussion of suicide and self-harm — listener discretion is advised. You can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Thanks to Michael Williams, Jason Perry, Aaron Taylor, Jessie Vasquez and Lee Jaspar (aka Matthew Lee Jasper) for sharing their stories with us. Thanks also to Gregg Sayers for performing his song “Lost in Time,” with additional vocals by Eric Abercrombie, aka Maserati E.

This episode was scored with music by David Jassy, Antwan Williams, Lee Jaspar, E. Phil Phillips and Earlonne Woods. As we dive into season three, much gratitude to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their continued support of Ear Hustle.

You can find the transcript for “Birdbaths and a Lockbox” here, and download the episode here.

P.S. Now you can buy a brand new Ear Hustle mug to go with your t-shirt!

 Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
Season 3 preview
 

Ready for more stories about life inside? We bet. Season three of Ear Hustle drops September 12. In the meantime, enjoy this taste of what’s to come.

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

 Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
Episode 19: So Long
 

Leaving an organization or community often calls for an exit strategy – even in prison. In this final episode of season two, four men who are preparing to leave San Quentin share stories about what they’ve learned on the inside, and their aspirations, big and small, for life on the outside.

Thanks to Chayne Hampton, Gus Lumumba Edwards, Michael Thompson, and Anouthinh Pangthong, aka Choy, for sharing their stories with us.  

Learn more about Re:store Justice, the organization that Choy now works for.

Ear Hustle is produced by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods with help from outside produce Pat Mesiti-Miller, who also comes in to lead the sound design team. So Long was scored with music by Antwan Williams and contributions from David Jassy. Here's a transcript, and you can download the episode here.

Our story editor is Curtis Fox and our executive producer for Radiotopia is Julie Shapiro. And here's one last season two shout out to Lt Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis, for their support of the show.

Thanks so much for hanging with us this season! We’ll be back with more stories in September. In the meantime, stay current on all things Ear Hustle by signing up for up for our monthly newsletter, The Lowdown. Or tell us what you want to hear more about next season, by sending a kite.

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

 Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor