Episodes

 

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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.

Subscribe now to hear the first episode, coming June 14, and in the meantime check out the preview below, and sign up for our mailing list.


 
Episode 14: The Workaround
 

Looking good and feeling good matters just as much on the inside, as on the outside. But in prison, you can't just walk to the barbershop, or stop by the store for the products you need, to accomplish either. In this episode, guys share their favorite workarounds that help them feel more human in prison, both physically and mentally.

Thanks to David Jassy, Wall Street, Jason Jones, Jesse Vasquez, Andres Yancey, Lady Jae, Eric Durr, Mesro El Cole and Nicola Bucci for sharing their workaround stories. This episode included music by David Jassy, Lee Jasper and Antwan Williams.

To hear more about Bucci and more about food and eating in prison, check out this episode of the Sporkful food podcast, featuring a special outtake from this episode, alongside a story about a prison riot that was defused with ramen. 

Also! Eternal thanks to SQSP's Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for supporting the show.

p.s. Speaking of looking good, have you ordered your Ear Hustle t-shirt yet?

 Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
Episode 13: Dirty Water
 

Sex trafficking crimes are hard to talk about. In this episode, Sara and LA share their different experiences of being “in the life,” at the same time demonstrating the difficult, yet important work of restorative justice.

Thanks to Sara Kruzan and Anthony Avil Scott (aka LA) for sharing theirs stories and for coming together to talk. You can read more about restorative justice and Sara's work, here, and reach the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.

Here's a transcript of Dirty Water.

Also! Eternal thanks to SQSP's Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for supporting the show, and to our episode sponsor NECTAR Sleep.

Hey did you hear, we have t-shirts now? Order yours today.

 LA and Sara, by Antwan Williams

LA and Sara, by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
Episode 12: Firsts
 

“Firsts” in prison can be especially memorable: the first time you meet your cellie, or leave the prison for medical treatment, or run your first marathon. Alongside these tales, Adnan Khan shares the story of his first visit from his mom, 13 years after he was incarcerated.

Thanks to Adnan Khan for sharing his story, and Chayne M. Hampton, Michael Thompson, Rahsaan Thomas, Jason Jones and Antwan Williams for also sharing their firsts. Here's a transcript for Firsts, and click here to download the episode.

Also! Eternal thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for supporting the show, and to episode sponsors Burrow and NECTAR Sleep.

And speaking of firsts, our first Ear Hustle t-shirt is now available! Order yours today.

 Adnan at Kid's Table, by Antwan Williams

Adnan at Kid's Table, by Antwan Williams

 
Nigel Poor
Season 2 preview
 

Ear Hustle is back March 14th! To tide you over until then, here’s a taste of season two, including our first go at a regular, new segment: Count Time.

Ear Hustle is produced by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods with consulting editor Curtis Fox. Sound design is by outside production advisor Pat Mesiti-Miller, David Jassy and Antwan Williams. Original music for this S2 preview is by David Jassy. Executive producer is Julie Shapiro. 

Find out more about the show at earhustlesq.com, including how to send us a question (by postcard) that might get answered in a future episode. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.

Ear Hustle s2 teaser-8.jpg
 
Nigel Poor
EPISODE 11: Bonus: Songs from S1
 

Music is an important part of Ear Hustle, and there are many talented musicians in the San Quentin community. Listeners responded so enthusiastically to the music in season one, we’ve highlighted a few of the songs and musicians who performed them, in this bonus episode. Plus there’s a catchy little holiday greeting from Ear Hustle, at the very end!

Thanks to these guys for contributing their musical talents work to season one of Ear Hustle:

“Trying to Carrying On” was written by Richie Morris and performed by Richie Morris, Dwight Krizman and Charlie Spencer of Quentin Blue.

“Darn that Dream” was performed by Lee Jasper (Original song composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Eddie DeLange.)

“Worth It” was written and performed by Jovon aka Scoob Stacks aka Novoj Mills.

“Jingle Bell Rock San Quentin” was written by Antwan Williams and performed by Antwan Williams, AJ aka Amador Gonzales and Maserati-E aka Eric Abercrombie.

Hear the individual songs from this episode over in our Gallery.

Happy holidays, thanks for listening, and stay tuned for season two, coming next March!

 "Richie Morris of Quentin Blue" by Antwan Williams 

"Richie Morris of Quentin Blue" by Antwan Williams 

 
Nigel Poor
EPISODE 10: Getting a Date
 

There are only a few ways to leave prison: serve your time, get out early on parole... or escape.

Steve, Danny, Phillip and Ron are all trying to make their way out of prison. In our final episode of the season, these men share their stories of going through the parole hearing process and contemplate life on the outside, after being incarcerated for decades.

Big thanks to Steve Wilson for telling his story, and to Danny Plunket, Phillip Melendez and Ron Self for sharing their parole board experiences. Music used in this episode was contributed by Antwan Williams, David Jassy, E. “Phil” Phillips and Earlonne Woods.

Here's the transcript, and you can download the episode here. Thanks to Mail Chimp for not only supporting this episode, but supporting Ear Hustle throughout Season One.

 "The Parole Board" by Antwan Williams 

"The Parole Board" by Antwan Williams 

 
Nigel Poor
EPISODE 9: Gold Coats and OGs
 

Dealing with aging and death is never easy. But in prison, these issues are fraught with extra challenges, both emotional and physical. Meet two inmates serving extended sentences who grapple with the idea of dying in prison, and have also stepped up to take care of their fellow aging prisoners.

Sound design for this episode is by Antwan Williams, with extra music tracks supplied by JB Burton. Thanks to Lonnie Morris, Richard Lathan and Andres Eric Watson, for sharing their stories. And special thanks to Anthony Marzett for being on the receiving end of of Andres’ shit talk. 

Here's the transcript, and you can download the episode here. And thanks to Mail Chimp, Squarespace and Texture for supporting Ear Hustle.

 "Lonnie" by Antwan Williams 

"Lonnie" by Antwan Williams 

 
Nigel Poor
EPISODE 8: Left Behind
 

“I’m a stupid idiot who stole some money.”
Curtis Roberts was sentenced to 50 years to life, under the three strikes law, for committing three non-violent robberies. Over the years he has struggled to maintain a sense of hope in a situation many would consider untenable.

Big thanks to Curtis Roberts for sharing his story.  

And shout-outs to the many guys who showed up in yard talk: Michael Hudley, Stacy Bullock, Douglas Abado. Kevin Schrubb, Fanon Figgers Demitris McGee, James King, Mark Barger, Richard “Wembe” Johnson, Daniel Smith, John “Yahya” Johnson, Forrest Jones, Juan Haynes, Tommy Wickerd, Robert Richie (sang Amazing Grace).

Special thanks to Richie Morris, Dwight Krizman & Charles Spencer of Quentin Blue for performing "Trying to Carry On."

Earlonne tackled the sound design for this episode with contributing beats from Antwan Williams, JB Burton and David Jassy.

Here's the transcript for Left Behind, and you can download the episode here.

Lastly, yet more thanks to Mail Chimp and Squarespace for supporting the show.

 "Curtis in the Yard" by Antwan Williams 

"Curtis in the Yard" by Antwan Williams 

 
Nigel Poor
EPISODE 7: Unwritten
 

The color of your skin influences your life in prison, from sharing food to celebrating birthdays. Meet Andrew Sabatino (Drew) and Arthur Snowden (AR), two guys whose close friendship often challenges the unwritten rules of race relations on the inside.

Thanks to Drew and AR for sharing the story of their friendship. It’s a big deal to talk about race in prison so thanks also to Lonnie Morris, Lemar, Phil Melendez, Wayne Boatwright, Charlie and Mesro El-Coles for stepping up.

Sound design on this episodes is by Earlonne Woods, with contributing beats from Antwan Williams.

Here's the transcript for Unwritten and you can download the episode here.

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

 "AR and Drew" by Antwan Williams 

"AR and Drew" by Antwan Williams 

 
Nigel Poor
EPISODE 6: The Boom Boom Room
 

Being married in prison is common. Opportunities to get intimate with your spouse are not, and – like everything else inside – are governed by both official and unofficial rules. In this episode of Ear Hustle, Greg and Maverick share stories about keeping their relationships strong, and getting close with their wives.

Thanks to Maverick and Greg Eskridge for sharing such personal stories with us, and to our guest sound designer, the “Swedish Phenom,” David Jassy.  

Here's the transcript for The Boom Boom Room, and you can download the episode here.

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

 "Visiting Room" by Earlonne Woods 

"Visiting Room" by Earlonne Woods 

 
Nigel Poor