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Ear Hustle
Ear Hustle
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.... more

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Episodes

Ear Hustle Presents: My Mother Made Me

The Ear Hustle team is hard at work on our next season, which launches September 7! In the meantime, we’d... more

03 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
Last Memory: Ryan and Earlonne

The jig was up for Ryan, so he told police he’d turn himself in. His mom had one request: a... more

08 Jun 2022 · 50 minutes
Last Memory: Michael

The day before committing the crime that sent him to prison, Michael stood in a parking lot in Bakersfield, California,... more

25 May 2022 · 29 minutes
Catch a Kite 7

This season we're flipping the script on our traditional Catch a Kite episodes, exploring questions asked and answered between San... more

11 May 2022 · 37 minutes
What Is This?

Life in prison, without regular sex and intimacy, can cause all sorts of emotional and physical issues. Yep, we're going... more

27 Apr 2022 · 38 minutes
Gabrieleen Silver Queen

What happens to a prison town when its main prison closes? The residents of Susanville, in Northern California, are about... more

13 Apr 2022 · 42 minutes
Is Your Name Alfredo?

Six massive murals span hundreds of feet across the walls of a San Quentin chow hall, depicting the history of... more

30 Mar 2022 · 36 minutes
Boots and Max

We talk about love on Ear Hustle, plenty, but it’s hard to think of prison as a “romantic” place. What... more

16 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
15 Minutes

In California and many other states, calls from prison are limited to 15 minutes and are monitored, recorded, and often... more

02 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
Ear Hustle Extra: Making Trouble

Sometimes, when you’re up against a big state institution, you have to make some trouble. For this mini-episode, part of... more

23 Feb 2022 · 6 minutes
Ear Hustle Extra: A Call from Sacramento

We’re between seasons but have an exciting update to share with listeners: Our friend and colleague Rahsaan “New York” Thomas’... more

26 Jan 2022 · 4 minutes
Ear Hustle Presents: Written Off

While Ear Hustle works on its next season, which starts March 2, we wanted to introduce you to the podcast... more

29 Dec 2021 · 33 minutes
Camp Grace

This past fall, we followed a group of kids into Salinas Valley State Prison to spend two days with their... more

22 Dec 2021 · 39 minutes
Tray, Tumbler, Spork

Earlier this year, some of the Ear Hustle team spent a month living under a specific set of constraints informed... more

08 Dec 2021 · 54 minutes
Yard of Dreams

Sports in prison are more than just games. They can be an outlet for stress, the realization of dreams deferred,... more

17 Nov 2021 · 53 minutes
Counting Lines

Going to prison in your home country can be disorienting enough. What about when you’re new to the culture, don’t... more

03 Nov 2021 · 54 minutes
Taxx Is Tripping

What does it take to be bonnaroo in prison? We explore the creative ways people inside transform and beautify their... more

20 Oct 2021 · 55 minutes
Stormy Monday

At Ear Hustle, we hear more from listeners about music than on almost any other topic. In response, we bring... more

06 Oct 2021 · 56 minutes
Do It Movin’

We bring you stories about the ups and downs of making bail and the bittersweet taste of freedom when you... more

22 Sep 2021 · 49 minutes
August 21, 1971

August 21, 1971 was the deadliest day in San Quentin history, and it’s still a painful topic, both inside the... more

08 Sep 2021 · 55 minutes
Coming Soon: 50 Years After George Jackson

Ear Hustle’s eighth season launches on September 8th with a dramatic account of one of the most notorious days in... more

25 Aug 2021 · 2 minutes
Ear Hustle Presents: Life Jolt

With just a few weeks to go before Ear Hustle returns with Season 8, we wanted to introduce listeners to... more

11 Aug 2021 · 37 minutes
Home for Me Is Really a Memory

Leslie has served more time in prison than anyone we’ve ever interviewed on the show: over half a century, for... more

09 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Cracked Windshield

A year after George Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer, the Ear Hustle team and friends talk... more

26 May 2021 · 41 minutes
The Whole Shabang

Toothpaste, ramen noodles, sneakers, coffee creamer. If you want to shop from prison, it’s either the commissary or a prison-approved... more

12 May 2021 · 44 minutes
Catch a Kite 6

Can you have an Xbox in your prison cell? Is it OK to say “inmate”? How have stimulus checks affected... more

28 Apr 2021 · 45 minutes
Lifer Bakery

A small Israeli bakery in downtown San Francisco has offered first jobs to dozens of lifers just out of prison.... more

14 Apr 2021 · 41 minutes
Marcel and Angie

Marcel and Angie each spent years in prisons determined by the gender on their birth certificate, not the one they... more

31 Mar 2021 · 30 minutes
Hot Trash

Visiting a loved one in prison is both emotionally intense and constrained by countless rules – from how much PDA... more

17 Mar 2021 · 48 minutes
Sugarbutt's a Snail

A lot has happened since we got behind the mics to record Ear Hustle’s first season. As we begin our... more

03 Mar 2021 · 46 minutes
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Leslie has served more time in prison than anyone we’ve ever interviewed on the show: over half a century, for a crime... more