Ear Hustle


Ear Hustle brings you the daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration. The podcast is a partnership between Nigel Poor, a Bay Area visual artist, and Earlonne Woods, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and was co-founded with former San Quentin resident Antwan Williams. The Ear Hustle team works in the San Francisco Bay Area, both in San Quentin State Prison’s media lab and from offices on the outside, to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny and always honest. Episodes offer a nuanced view of people involved with the American prison system and those reintegrating into society after serving time.

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Recent Episodes
  • Last Memory: Michael
    May 25, 2022 – 29:26
  • Catch a Kite 7
    May 11, 2022 – 37:47
  • What Is This?
    Apr 27, 2022 – 38:41
  • Gabrieleen Silver Queen
    Apr 13, 2022 – 42:31
  • Is Your Name Alfredo?
    Mar 30, 2022 – 36:12
  • Boots and Max
    Mar 16, 2022 – 27:17
  • 15 Minutes
    Mar 2, 2022 – 19:47
  • Ear Hustle Extra: Making Trouble
    Feb 23, 2022 – 06:20
  • Ear Hustle Extra: A Call from Sacramento
    Jan 26, 2022 – 04:46
  • Ear Hustle Presents: Written Off
    Dec 29, 2021 – 33:45
  • Camp Grace
    Dec 22, 2021 – 39:59
  • Tray, Tumbler, Spork
    Dec 8, 2021 – 54:48
  • Yard of Dreams
    Nov 17, 2021 – 53:34
  • Counting Lines
    Nov 3, 2021 – 54:04
  • Taxx Is Tripping
    Oct 20, 2021 – 55:03
  • Stormy Monday
    Oct 6, 2021 – 56:32
  • Do It Movin’
    Sep 22, 2021 – 49:37
  • August 21, 1971
    Sep 8, 2021 – 55:20
  • Coming Soon: 50 Years After George Jackson
    Aug 25, 2021 – 02:11
  • Ear Hustle Presents: Life Jolt
    Aug 11, 2021 – 37:52
  • Home for Me Is Really a Memory
    Jun 9, 2021 – 01:06:43
  • Cracked Windshield
    May 26, 2021 – 41:44
  • The Whole Shabang
    May 12, 2021 – 44:11
  • Catch a Kite 6
    Apr 28, 2021 – 45:31
  • Lifer Bakery
    Apr 14, 2021 – 41:38
  • Marcel and Angie
    Mar 31, 2021 – 30:01
  • Hot Trash
    Mar 17, 2021 – 48:50
  • Sugarbutt's a Snail
    Mar 3, 2021 – 46:54
  • Ear Hustle Presents: Suave
    Feb 17, 2021 – 37:18
  • The Bells
    Dec 23, 2020 – 01:00:08
  • The Trail
    Dec 9, 2020 – 52:26
  • Crew No. 7
    Nov 25, 2020 – 45:26
  • On Stage in Chicago
    Nov 11, 2020 – 01:35:06
  • Are You Listening?
    Oct 21, 2020 – 44:27
  • The Great Ear Hustle Cook Off
    Oct 7, 2020 – 45:37
  • The Christmas Boxes
    Sep 23, 2020 – 52:14
  • The Gray Goose
    Sep 9, 2020 – 51:26
  • Ear Hustle Extra: Summer Listening
    Jul 22, 2020 – 33:06
  • Nobody Comes Back
    Jun 10, 2020 – 56:17
  • Tired of Running
    May 27, 2020 – 46:11
  • Catch a Kite 5
    May 13, 2020 – 43:12
  • Hold That Space
    Apr 29, 2020 – 46:24
  • Sorry Means Nothing
    Apr 15, 2020 – 53:00
  • Us and Them
    Apr 1, 2020 – 56:08
  • Locked Down Again
    Mar 18, 2020 – 41:32
  • Myths & Monikers
    Mar 4, 2020 – 39:35
  • Ear Hustle Extra: In It for the Long Haul
    Feb 20, 2020 – 11:12
  • A Message from Ear Hustle
    Nov 27, 2019 – 05:59
  • Ear Hustle Extra: Antwan Williams, Journeyist
    Nov 15, 2019 – 22:49
  • Tell Christy I Love Her
    Oct 16, 2019 – 43:55
Recent Reviews
  • ashRNlie
    A different perspective
    I love this podcast. I’m a nurse and often care for San Quentin prisoners at the hospital I work at. I love hearing about stories and experiences people have. It makes me wish at times that our justice system was different but I guess everyone adapts to things. & it’s good to hear people often learn from the mistakes they make. We are all human, we all make mistakes, and the most humane action of it all is to learn from our experience and always try to be kind to each other.
  • J.A.E
    Great podcast
    Very interesting podcast about life behind the walls as well as life after. No CO bashing which is nice. The spread challenge is one of my all time favorites. Just got done listening about Susanville closing and how it will affect the town. Keep up the good work. Loyal listener.
  • Meyo007
    As a 23 year seasoned cop I am so intrigued by this podcast! It really opened my eyes to the criminal justice system after the arrest and conviction is made! We as a society fail so many people by not providing inmates means and access to programs to better themselves! Prison has becoming a revolving door and one that gets passed down generations! We must do better!!
  • Gabrielaaahhh
    I look forward to every episode
    I genuinely have enjoyed every episode in this series. I share it every chance I get.
  • Bruinswin11
    Susanville show
    Great show and although I ride the middle of the road with politics. Super annoying to hear you say you expected to be “met with hostility because it’s hard core trump area.” So you are saying what all trump supporters are hostile? Lol look at you guys assuming……ok for you to assume someone is racist or hostile for their political affiliation but if they assume they are hostile? #doublestandards
  • Chirga pero chirga
    Lady J
    I absolutely love this podcast especially Lady J she is so positive and has an amazing personality. She’s a diva in my book get it sis ,mouth pop and twerk twerk girl
  • Devil4311
    Love it
    Well done and interesting podcast. Love it 😊
  • Oregongrown68
    Spreading Fear of Trump Supporters
    I love this podcast but as liberals they cannot help but spread fear and lies about Trump supporters. Those who believe Trump supporters are inherently violent are spreading crazy miss information. The majority of Trump Supporters are law abiding and just want to live according to the constitution. We disagree but we did not burn down our city’s after Biden was elected. A few people I DC do not represent all of us. Your comments are unfortunate and inappropriate and misleading. You have a responsibility to be honest.
  • Only 1 Dei
    Thee BEST podcast ever!
    I love listening to E and Nig talk about what goes on behind prison walls and interview incarcerated individuals and their loved ones. These stories have helped me learn what an incarcerated person goes through, and reminded me that they are still human. It also taught me to have a greater appreciation for the finer things in life. Without giving too much information out, be sure to check it out. You won’t be disappointed 😊.
  • z3kids
    Love and compassion
    I don’t recall how I stumbled across this podcast, but I know curiosity drew me in and I was instantly hooked. Earlonne, Nigel and Rahsaan bring stories and interviews that humanize an institution that most people would prefer to choose to ignore and judge the people within the judicial system as being unworthy of their time. Thank you, Earlonne, Nigel, and Rahsaan and the rest of the Ear Hustle crew for humanizing the people incarcerated and for giving your listeners an inside perspective of the lives of these prisoners. ❤️❤️❤️
  • Ashley Slay Girl Slay
    This podcast is amazing!
    Just started listening this year and started from the beginning and it’s become a apart of my day. Every episode is entertaining! I have laughed, cried, and really appreciate all the men and women who have put their time and effort into this show. Don’t hesitate! Listen to this show!
  • rissyriss123456789
    This podcast gives me all the feels. I laugh, I cry, I’m silenced. So well produced and such an eye opener. Everyone needs to listen to this podcast. Highly recommend and can’t wait to buy the books for my family!
  • Reensings
    I drop everything to listen to the latest episode
    I found this podcast during the first season. It is absolutely riveting. I cried with joy when Erlon was paroled. Every episode teaches me something. Wonderfully produced, carefully created, thoughtfully presented. A must-listen.
  • Athens75
    Boots and Max !
    Please more from and about Boots and Max !
  • Mrselledavis
    A Must-Listen!
    Go into your settings and make sure you start from the beginning. Listen to all of the episodes. You do not want to miss a single one. Grab your headphones and take a walk, or listen during your commute. You will become invested in the world of San Quentin and the folks who are doing time there, as well as those who volunteer and work with them. Ear Hustle does an outstanding job of giving a voice to incarcerated people and their loved ones. They shine a light of humanity into the dark corners of prison. You will get a glimpse into what it is like to be incarcerated and learn how human beings survive, and sometimes thrive, in the midst of lockdowns, isolation, and violence. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will be hooked. Nigel does a fantastic job of getting to the heart of those with whom she volunteers at San Quentin, and Earlonne and New York are great story tellers and wonderful ambassadors for the incarcerated. Then, when you’re all caught up, read or listen their book, because you will want more.
  • punk199
    So good
    I listen to many great podcasts and this is one of my absolute favorites. So so good and engrossing. I feel like I know so much more about what prison is actually like.
  • Cobrainmexico
    Inside PIC
    If you are sickened by the Prison Industrial Complex, this is a perfect way to start learning more about life on the inside.
  • EncyclopiediaBrittonica
    My favorite podcast of all time
    I highly recommend this show. If you can’t find a way to get in your feels in many different areas from this show you’re lame and we don’t want you here.
  • asmaita
    Grateful for camp Grace
    Knowing that there are organizations like these warm my heart, listening to the stories of these amazing people make me love my fellow human beings even more and make me even more proud to be a black woman. We gotta keep working hard to change the prison system but also change the laws and legislations that allows the system treat prisons as a business and use our black community as free labor, we need to close that loophole in the 13th amendment (“abolished slavery and involuntary servitude,EXCEPT AS PUNISHMENT FOR A CRIME“) left intentionally open by the forefathers to keep legal slavery. I’m proud of those kids and fathers, Keep up the great work and God bless you all!
  • r1golden234
    Look .. E i am only 4 episodes in
    If I get to current and you still “ might have to rethink” finding a wife. I’m coming for ya❣️ Rachel Woods , kinda has a ring to it ! I’m literally loving this podcast it doesn’t get any realer than Mr E Woods and Nigel they make an amazing team! As a terminally ill person who has a hard time finding something to look forward to i can’t thank you enough for making this!
  • TheLadyHarris
    I love this podcast! I CRIED! I AM SO HAPPY FOR NEW YORK!!!!!
  • willow203
    I love y’all! This show makes me feel all the emotions and I am here for it. Also, congrats to NY on getting commuted 🥰
  • Writingthisreviewwhilepooping
    So good
    Great podcast
  • Mia.11
    I have laughed, I have cried, I have shrieked, I have sighed, I absolutely love this podcast! Thank you so much for your work ♥️
  • Mexiyorki
    Mind Blowing
    Thank you for opening my mind to another world.
  • ALH212
    Can I give this more stars???
    This is hands down my favorite podcast out there-now season 8 is over and I guess it’s time to fire up the Ear Hustle audiobook. You know they have a book-too right???? Beautifully done with such authenticity and humanity. Do yourself a favor and listen.
  • furmat2
    Such a great podcast. This one is so nice to hear about.
  • Sherryl Coufal
    I love this podcast! I have learned so much and gave me great insight to prison life! Keep up the great work guys!!
  • LLCoolJaye
    Genuine Podcast!
    I love listening to Ear Hustle! I stopped listening like 3 yrs ago due to me switching employment. Now that I have the time to listen now, I forgot how into this I was! I love the stories and genuine conversations that are being had and hearing the positives when ppl are being released. Keep it up!!
  • Rhiannon1985
    You guys Rock!
    This latest episode was awesome. Good job N
  • Parr-Parr
    I absolutely love this podcast. Glorious content and amazing individuals!
  • listenup1969
    Thank You!
    I just finished Yard of Dreams, it’s yet another great episode. Your tribute to Charlie was beautiful, and I wish you great success with the book. Ear Hustle is one of the podcasts I love so much for it’s exploration of ultimately all of us. Your work is greatly appreciated.
  • DH(2)
    Different, Captivating and just freaking awesome
    Totally changed my view of some of the things that goes on behind the walls. I’ve been binging and my absolutely fav so far is this one: “Tell Christy I Love Her”. I’ve listened to that episode twice and teared up each time I listened to it. Introduced my wife to the show via that episode and she bawled when she listened to it. It is hands down one of the greatest act of compassion and forgiveness that I have heard of. Plan on sharing the story with our church youth group. You guys are truly an inspiration! Keep on blessing lives.
  • Cho Momma OH
    One of the best podcasts ever
    Really well done. Like a good book, I want to keep listening. This podcast has accompanied me during so so many loads of laundry. I’ll find more things to do around the house just to keep listening. Highly recommend.
  • courtmartial
    Def need “Do it movin’” merch
  • garfiesue
    Want a more , book by them ! Outstanding!!
    When is the next book 📚!!thank you!!
  • Cupcaketu
    Excited for the book!
    This podcast has made me laugh, cry, be angry and motivated me to be active in the issues I care about. I have learned so much about humanity and empathy thanks to the honest and heartfelt stories. This is important work for voices we rarely hear about in full light.
  • Lucyroo
    My favorite Podcast
    The story telling is fresh and thought provoking. I just purchased their new book from Audible, “This is Ear Hustle”. I can’t wait to listen to it!
  • Struudos
    Gave me sympathy and understanding for people I would’ve never had an ounce of care for. A podcast about a fascinating topic that approaches it with an exact balance of humor and solemnity; the perfect recipe for something enticingly addicting! I seriously love this podcast and talk about it with others way too often. Please, for my sake, listen so that I may randomly meet you and find someone else in this word I can rave about this podcast with! I think my family is beginning to think I’m obsessed… which isn’t wrong, I guess.
  • marinabaycole
    All time favorite podcast
    I’ve been listening to Ear Hustle from the beginning and it is my all time favorite podcast. It sets the standard for all others. Old episodes help me fall asleep as the familiar voices of Earlonne, Nigel, Antoine, etc are comforting to me.
  • Reyoktam
    So when can we by the Mix Tape in iTunes?
    I need it. Now.
  • Nyhoffire
    What an episode.
    Moved to tears listening to Charlie. Many thoughts and prayers for him. Another moving and impactful episode.
  • jbendzick
    Not a fan
    I wanted to love this podcast and was so excited when I stumbled upon it, however I couldn’t even get through the first episode without getting angry. The first interview is with an inmate who was in prison for attempted murder, and he stated how afraid he was of his cell mate and said it was some of the worst 6 months of his life. It was placed right in the beginning of the episode, and I just didn’t appreciate it and the placement of it, because it really felt like he/the creators were trying to gain sympathy for him. I’m sorry..I have zero sympathy for you when you tried to kill someone. Don’t complain about how awful those 6 months were for you. It just disgusted me. Maybe the rest gets better (thinking that because of all the ranting reviews), but I just can’t get myself to listen any more.
  • errbear24
    Love this!!!
    Love the “hidden track” at the end of the Stormy Monday episode!
  • bfjsi
    I listen to so…many…podcasts. So many. I spend hours driving or working with headphones in and podcasts like this one keep me sane. The content is thought-provoking and relevant. I look forward to every episode. Love the hosts, the interviews are very well-done. Just keep doing what you’re doing!
  • lexisdumbusernam
    radio fulfilling its purpose!
    for me a radio show can only provide so much, whether it be entertainment/distraction, news or first hand experiences, or maybe just a new perspective to a culture or peoples i take for granted... ear hustle is all that and then some! in a country with an ever increasing amount of incarcerated people, its hard to seperate the horror stories from the truth you hear about prison life and all that entails during and after incarceration. having friends and family members previously convicted ive found myself deeply engaged with all the perspectives presented on this show and while some may be hard to get through... the overall honesty and and introspection is profoundly thought provoking. much thanks to the ear hustle team for their time and effort
  • SkeeFast
    Great podcast for car rides
    Such a great podcast. The stories are enthralling and I’m addicted!
  • Funky ^_^
    This podcast is so well done and insightful.
  • EVNYC10003
    A thoughtful window into the US penal system
    Ear Hustle creates a vivid audio picture of life within US prisons. Hosts Nigel and Earlonne are compassionate realists. Each episode strives to present a story or stories that while truthful, are also humane and balanced. The show has been instrumental in expanding my views of our correctional system. It also provided hours of fascinating listening during the pandemic. Well worth a listen!
  • MissMae7777
    Early episodes
    The first season of this podcast is the only reason I started listening to podcasts! It’s so amazing! Start at the beginning and listen in order. The last 2 seasons kind of went downhill and are not very interesting but the first few are seriously amazing and worth every second!
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