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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 Nine: 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. 

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 Eight: 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 Seven: 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 Six: 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
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. 

Here's a transcript for Catch a Kite, and you can download the episode here.

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.

Here's a transcript for The SHU, and you can download an episode here.

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.

Here's a transcript of Looking Out, and you can download an episode here.

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. 

Here's a transcript for Misguided Loyalty, and you can download the episode here

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.

Here's a transcript of Cellies, and you can download the episode here.

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