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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