Ear Hustle was the winner of Radiotopia's first Podquest contest in 2016. All our stories originate within San Quentin State Prison, where Earlonne and Antwan work together with Nigel on production in the San Quentin media lab.
We bring out the hidden stories of life inside San Quentin, told from the perspective of those who live it. Almost all of each episode is told, hosted, produced, mixed and mastered inside San Quentin.
Earlonne Woods was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Growing up he adopted a distorted belief on life and became involved in criminal and gang activities. This lifestyle eventually caught up with him and he is serving 31 years-to-life for attempted second degree robbery. Since being incarcerated he has received a GED, attended Coastline Community College, received several certifications in vocational trades and has attended many self-help groups. In 2011 Earlonne was transferred to San Quentin State Prison where he got involved in the media program and learned video and audio production. He is a member of the San Quentin Chapter of the Northern California Society of Professional Journalism. He has worked on several media productions at the prison and was instrumental in producing the 2016 TEDx San Quentin. Earlonne has a love for art and storytelling.
Nigel Poor is a visual artist whose work explores the various ways people make a mark and leave behind evidence of their existence. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be found in various museum collections including the SFMOMA, the M.H. deYoung Museum, The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. She is also a professor of photography at California State University, Sacramento. In 2011, Nigel got involved with San Quentin State Prison as a volunteer teacher for the Prison University Project. In 2013 she started working with a group of incarcerated men producing a radio project called The San Quentin Prison Report which airs on KALW 91.7 FM.
Antwan Williams was born in 1988 in Los Angeles CA. He has been incarcerated since the age of 18 and is serving a 15 year sentence for an armed robbery with a gun enhancement. He has been in San Quentin since 2011 and shortly thereafter got involved with the San Quentin Media Lab. He is a musician, rapper, poet, dancer, painter and actor who is passionate about the powers of art in aiding personal transformation. Antwan is also a video editor and audio engineer who has worked on many productions in San Quentin.
Lt. Sam Robinson will have 21 years of service in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in July, 2017. He began working for the former California Department of Corrections in July 1996 as a Correctional Officer at San Quentin State Prison. Mr. Robinson was promoted to Correctional Sergeant in August 2000 and then promoted to Correctional Lieutenant in August 2005, all at San Quentin State Prison. Since the last promotion, Lt. Robinson has worked numerous stints as an acting Facility Captain and accepted a two-year Training & Development (T&D) assignment as a Correctional Counselor II. Currently, he is the Public Information Officer at the facility. For ten years of Mr. Robinson’s career, he was primarily assigned to the Condemned Inmate Unit, where he worked in the capacity of Correctional Officer, Correctional Sergeant, Correctional Lieutenant, Correctional Counselor II, and acting Facility Captain.
To get the Ear Hustle podcast out into the world,
we rely on team members and contributors outside the San Quentin gates.
Julie Shapiro is the executive producer of Radiotopia from PRX - a curated network of extraordinary, cutting-edge podcasts. From 2014-15, she was the executive producer of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Creative Audio Unit. In 2000 she co-founded the Third Coast International Audio Festival, where, as artistic director, she shaped the Festival's creative trajectory and championed innovative audio and a cross-pollinating international listening culture.
Curtis Fox is a veteran podcast producer with deep roots in public radio. He has produced everything from radio drama and comedy to personal essays and documentaries. He originated four podcasts for The New Yorker, including The New Yorker Fiction Podcast, and produced podcasts for Esquire Magazine, Parents Magazine, the ACLU and others. For The Poetry Foundation he produces The Poetry Magazine Podcast and Poetry Off the Shelf, which he also hosts.
Pat Mesiti-Miller is a Bay Area radio producer and artist. He started collaborating with Ear Hustle in 2016 and works with the show developing sound and story. On a sunny day you might catch him inside the media lab at San Quentin working on edits or exploring the outer realms of automation with the crew. He visits Ear Hustle from WNYC's Snap Judgment where he is a producer and sound designer.
Megan Jones co-founded and ran a technology and user experience company for over a decade. She draws on that experience and her Southern storytelling roots as content strategist and multimedia producer. She co-produced the independent radio documentary Shake it, which debuted on WNYC and aired on over 65 public radio stations nationwide. Megan currently works with corporations, nonprofits, and foundations to help them connect experience to story. At night, she is a Moth StorySLAM producer for the Bay Area.
Cal Tabuena-Frolli illustrates and designs for public radio. He has illustrated for Love+Radio, KALW 91.7, The Third Coast Audio Festival, Serendipity, The Specialist, and AIR Media. He spends his spare time making books at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive and thinking of the beautiful future between audio stories and printed matter. Cal designed the logo and brand for Ear Hustle.