Episode 35: Chicken on the Bone
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

Historically, death sentences in California have led to eventual execution by the state. But these days, public opinion and state protocol are in flux, and the future is uncertain for those on death row at San Quentin.

Big thanks to everyone who shared their stories with us for this episode: Al aka Watson Allison, Abu Qadir Al-Amin, Lt. Sam Robinson and Lonnie Morris.

This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, David Jassy and Rhashiyd Zinnamon, and a remix of our theme music from listener Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir.

Thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show, and NativeEPIX and BetterHelp for sponsoring this episode.

Find the transcript for “Chicken on the Bone” here, and download the episode here.

 
Season 4Erin Wade
Episode 34: Catch a Kite 4
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

Sleep, soundtracks and signing in prison — the Ear Hustle crew tackles questions from listeners about these topics and more, in this season’s “Catch a Kite” episode. Plus, we’ll share some of our favorite listener-generated Ear Hustle theme remixes. Spoiler alert: harps ahead.

Big thanks to Tommy Wickerd, Angel Villafan, Jesse Ayers, Timothy Hicks, Juan Haines, Chapple & Tracy Sims, and Ray & Bertha Ford for helping us answer the excellent questions asked by listeners Mollie, Karen, Eddie, Neil, Valerie and Magi.

Thanks also to Karen Kitto, Cynabel, Lynda MacNeil, KidMental, Anthony Barilla and Rudy Van for stepping up and remixing our theme song.

This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, David Jassy, Rhashiyd Zinnamon and contributing listeners.

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

Find the transcript for “Catch a Kite 4” here, and download the episode here.

 
Season 4Erin Wade
Episode 33: Life Shows Up
 
Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

Getting a job after serving time is crucial to rebuilding your life, but a criminal record inevitably gets in the way. Four people share stories about how their time inside both helped prep them for jobs outside and impacted their getting back to work.

Thanks to everyone who shared their stories with us for this episode: Chayne Hampton, Tracy Hartway, Chaves Stills and Jason Jones.

This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, David Jassy and Rhashiyd Zinnamon.

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

Find the transcript for “Life Shows Up” here, and download the episode here.

 
Season 4Erin Wade
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” Lockheart, 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.

Find the transcript for “Snack Money” here, and download the episode here.

 
Season 4Erin Wade
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

 
Season 4Erin Wade
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.

 
Season 4Erin Wade
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.

 
Season 4Erin Wade
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.

 
Season 4Erin Wade
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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