Episode 32: Snack Money
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

Running a prison takes a lot of work, and not just by the staff running the place. At San Quentin inmates work regular jobs, earn pennies on the hour and often supplement their income with a side hustle.

Thanks to everyone who shared their stories with us for this episode: David Jarrell, Jaime Acosta, Leslie Nelson, Billy “Cowboy” Terry, John Levin, Sandy “Rashid” Lockhardt, Chief Jeff Huff, Amika Mota and CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz.

This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, David Jassy, Rhashiyd Zinnamon, E. Phil Phillips and Aaron "Showtime" Taylor.

Thanks also to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show, and Article, Lantigua Williams & Co. and Native for sponsoring this episode.

 
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Episode 31: Inside Music
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

Every season we highlight the amazing music written by and performed by men inside San Quentin. This time music gets its due: a full episode, offering everything from rap, rock, jazz and soul, to something special from the Mexican Nationals Band, to an unexpected collaboration.

Head over to our music page to download and remix our theme song (do it!), and stream some of the music from the episode. Then, go watch Songs from the Spirit, performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thanks to Terry Kitchen, Matthew “Redbone” Brown III, David Jassy, Muratalla “Jerry” Sanchez, Greg “White Eagle” Coates, Antwan Williams, Eric “Maserati E” Abercrombie and Calvin Johnson for talking with us for this episode.

This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, David Jassy, Rhashiyd Zinnamon, John “Yahya” Johnson, Gary Harrell (Harmonica) and Terry Kitchen, and features songs recorded inside San Quentin — see the full list of musicians below.

Thanks also to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show, and Article and Lantigua Williams & Co. for sponsoring this episode.

Find the transcript for “Inside Music” here, and download the episode here.

Music featured in this episode

“Two Wheels” by Redbone (aka Matthew Brown III)

“Never Be The Same” by Dinero G, featuring David Jassy
Produced by David Jassy

Mexican Nationals Band Rehearsal by Pedro Benitez (Bass), Martin Gomez (Guitar), Jose Diaz (Guitar, Vocals), Muratalla “Jerry” Sancez (Guitar Vocals), Aranda Guadalupe (Guitar, Vocals), Adriel Ramirez (Drums)
Recorded by Jaime Acosta, Dwight Krizman and Pat Mesiti-Miller.

“Querido Amigo Jesús te Ama” by Muratalla “Jerry” Sanchez

“White Eagle Spirit Song” by Greg “White Eagle” Coates

“Float Away” by Antwan Willams and Eric “Maserati E” Abercrombie

“Lucky Guy” by Continuum, written by Darryl Farris
Performed by Darryl Farris (Vocals, Guitar), Joel Esparza (Guitar), Leonard “Funky Len” Walker (Bass), Joseph Thureson (Drums), Anthony O’neil (Vocals, Percussion), Paul Comauex (Vocals, Percussion), Chris Thomas (Vocals)
Recorded by Jaime Acosta, Dwight Krizman and Pat Mesiti-Miller

Songs from The Spirit at The Met

Harmonica Solo by Gary Harrell

“Blinded By The Light” by Calvin Johnson

“Amazing Grace” by Mike Adams

“Lamentation” cover performed by Charlie Spencer, written by Eric Benet

“Thank You, Jesus” LeMar “Maverick” Harrison, featuring David Jassy
Produced by David Jassy

 
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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.

Find the transcript for “I Want the Fairy Tale” here, and download the episode here.

 
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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)

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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.

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