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Ear Hustle brings you the stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. Learn more about Ear Hustle and meet the creators Antwan, Earlonne and Nigel, by listening to the preview below.

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EPISODE FIVE: Catch a Kite
 

“Kite” is a common term in prison for a written note. Over the course of the season, listeners have been encouraged to send in their questions about Ear Hustle via postcards, or “kites.” In this episode, Earlonne and Nigel dig into the pile of postcards that have arrived from all corners of the world, with some help from guys in the yard, and a familiar Ear Hustle voice — the man who approves all stories for publication, Lt. Sam Robinson. Check out some of the awesome kites we've received so far:

Thanks to the following San Quentin inmates for helping catch these kites: Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll, Miguel Fuentes, E. Phil Phillips, Joshua Burton, Luke Colondres, Michael Mackey, Louis A Scott, Tommy Shakur Ross, Eddie Herena, Sha Wallace-Stepter, Rashaan Thomas.
And to San Quentin staff: Officer Reyes and Lt. Sam Robinson
For to music contributors: Jovan Mills (Worth It) and Lee Jasper (Darn that Dream)
Thanks also to all listeners who have sent postcards. We can't answer them all, but please know each one is read, archived and deeply appreciated. In this episode we tackled questions from: Lucy from New Jersey, Dan from Canada, Adam from the United Kingdom, and one listener who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Have a question you'd like to hear answered on a future episode? Grab a postcard and send us your kite.

Big thanks to Mail Chimp, and Texture for supporting the show.

"Earlonne and Nigel on mic" by Antwan Williams

"Earlonne and Nigel on mic" by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
EPISODE FOUR: The SHU
 

The hole, the box, solitary confinement. It doesn’t matter what you call it; doing time in the SHU (Security Housing Unit) means you are alone and segregated from the general prison population. In this episode, four men who served between 8 and 28 years in the SHU share their memories of that time.

Thanks to Armando Flores, Gus Lamumba Edwards, Richard Johnson and Isaac Flores for telling their stories, and to John YaYa Johnson for assisting with this episode.

Big thanks to Mail Chimp, Bombas and Casper for supporting the show.

"Hand to the Door Grate" by Antwan Williams

"Hand to the Door Grate" by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
EPISODE THREE: Looking Out
 

The need to nurture and show love for another living being (or, in San Quentin parlance, “looking out”) is an essential human impulse. Away from your family and friends in prison, this can be difficult – if not impossible. Sure, guys create strong bonds among themselves that help to alleviate the pain of missing family. But like on the outside, some people inside just relate better to animals than people.

Thanks to Rauch for sharing his story, and to the guys who contributed to the Yard Talk segments in this episode: Jovon Mills, Kao Chung, Henry Charles, Rahsaan Thomas, Sha Wallace-Stepter, Arnulfo Garcia, Aly Tamboura, Emile DeWeaver, Antwan Williams, E. Phil Phillips, Curtis "WallStreet" Carroll, Donte Smith and Noah.

The song "Worth It" was written and performed by Jovan Mills, and Sister Maria is played by Sandy Claire.

Big thanks also to Mail Chimp and Bombas for supporting the show.

Illustration of Rauch by Antwan Williams

Illustration of Rauch by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
EPISODE TWO: Misguided Loyalty
 

Tommy Shakur Ross grew up in South Central Los Angles in the 1980’s. As a boy, he was seduced by what he saw as the “glamour” of gang life. Thirty years later, Shakur is still paying the price for giving his most to a gang that ultimately brought the kind of fame he wishes he’d never earned.

Thanks to Tommy Shakur Ross for telling his story. The excerpt from Larry Davis’s book, “America’s Conduct: Inner City Escort” was read by Joshua Burton. Additional music in this episode was provided by Jeff Atkins, who is also incarcerated at San Quentin.  

Illustration by Earlonne Woods

Illustration by Earlonne Woods

 
Nigel Poor
EPISODE ONE: Cellies
 

At San Quentin Prison, the typical cell measures approximately 4’ x 9’ and contains a bunk bed, toilet, sink, two men, and their six cubic feet of belongings. In our first episode of Ear Hustle, hear stories of negotiating this space and the relationships that come with living in such close quarters.

Thanks to additional storytellers in this episode: Ron Self (had cellie from hell), Eddie and Emile DeWeaver (brother cellies), Cleo Cloeman (Earlonne's former cellie), Sha Wallace-Stepter & Donte Smith (laughing cellies). Thanks also to Joshua Burton and David Jassy (also incarcerated at San Quentin) for contributing some of the music used throughout Cellies.

Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
This is Ear Hustle.
 

Meet the Ear Hustle team, get a taste for what the show sounds like, and hear about what's to come in Season One.

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.

L - R: Antwan, Nigel and Earlonne. Illustration by Antwan Williams.

L - R: Antwan, Nigel and Earlonne. Illustration by Antwan Williams.

 
Nigel Poor