Ear Hustle is unlike any podcast we’ve heard before.
Within the first few seconds of its debut episode, we’re dropped into the middle of San Quentin, one of America’s most notorious prisons.
We’re taken on a journey through the tiny cells where the inmates live, we hear their voices and learn about their backstories, their habits, their grudges.
The term ‘Ear Hustle‘ is prison slang for eavesdropping, and that’s exactly what this 10 part series from Radiotopia, allows us to do.
It shows us a different side to true crime – what happens to criminals once they’re convicted of the crime and sent to serve out their time behind bars.
The podcast is produced by San Quentin inmates Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, and Nigel Poor – a visual artist who has been working with the prisoners for the past five years.
Everything from the sound design to editing the interviews, is done within the prison walls.
“You got all these TV shows, like Prison Break, Orange Is the New Black. They bullshit though! Prison ain’t really like that. We just living life, like everybody else,” Woods and Williams say.