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.

Ear Hustle is produced by Nigel Poor, Earlonne Woods, Rahsaan “New York” Thomas, John “Yahya” Johnson, Pat Mesiti-Miller and Bruce Wallace. This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams and David Jassy. Big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for continuing to support the show, as we enter our fourth season!

Thanks to HelloFresh for sponsoring this episode. 

Find the transcript for “Excuse Me on the Tier” here, and download the episode here.

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

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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.

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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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Big News: It's Time
 
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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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Episode 25: Prime Real Estate
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

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 yet?

 
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Episode 24: The Big No No
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

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 Ear Hustle mugs yet?

 
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Episode 23: Catch a Kite 3
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

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 yet?

 
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Episode 22: This Place
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

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 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 yet?

 
 
 
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