Ear Hustle & Radiotopia
Ear Hustle & Radiotopia
Ear Hustle & Radiotopia
Ear Hustle & Radiotopia


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.

  • Once You're in the Ocean, You're Going Everywhere
    Older residents at a women’s prison grapple with their regrets and dreams for the future.
  • 12 Hours on the Yard
    Sunup to sundown on San Quentin Prison’s lower yard.
  • Ear Hustle Presents: Violation
    While we're at work on Season 12, we bring you an episode from one of our favorite new shows.
  • Ear Hustle Extra: Pride Month Special
    Stories about LGBTQ life behind bars.
  • Articles of Hustle
    Is there such a thing as a prison uniform? An Ear Hustle collab explores.
  • The Preacher
    How can you tell if someone’s really changed?
  • Abundant and Passionate Trash
    The Ear Hustle Trash Challenge
  • Catch a Kite 8
    Residents of the California Institution for Women answer listeners’ questions about life inside a women’s prison.
  • Do You Know Who I Am?
    A new law shakes things up for trans men and trans women in prison.
  • Saber-Toothed Cat
    What 46 years in prison will do to a man.
  • OGs Got Hella Tricks
    Change is hard.
  • Dream On
    How does incarceration shape your dreams?
  • Ear Hustle Extra: Welcome Home, New York
    We meet Rahsaan “New York” Thomas at the gates of San Quentin.
  • Ear Hustle Extra: Sam Quentin
    Ear Hustle says goodbye to dear friend and “approver” extraordinaire, Lieutenant Sam Robinson.
  • Karen
    An interview takes an unexpected turn.
  • What’s Dangerous About Trees
    Ear Hustle goes inside Norway’s famed prisons.
  • Wishful Thinking
    The music episode is back!
  • Fences
    The architecture of prison shapes how you do your time.
  • Pockets
    Privacy is a glimmer of freedom.
  • Some Darkness and Some Light
    Postcards from our first-ever international reporting trip.