'Ear Hustle' Podcast Lives on After Creator's Release from Prison

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Antwan Williams (left), Nigel Poor (center) and Earlonne Woods (right) produce the "Ear Hustle" podcast, which focuses on life in San Quentin Prison. (Photo: Eddie Herena)

When he was an inmate at San Quentin State Prison, Earlonne Woods co-founded a podcast called Ear Hustle, which is prison slang for listening to things “that may not be your business.” Over its first three seasons Ear Hustle documented everyday life behind bars — from cellmate dynamics to “getting a date” (for a parole hearing) to parenting from prison. In November, Governor Jerry Brown commuted Woods’ 31-years-to-life sentence for attempted robbery, citing his work on the podcast. Woods and Ear Hustle’s co-creator and co-host Nigel Poor join Forum to talk about their experiences and what’s next for the program.


Earlonne Woods, co-host and co-creator, Ear Hustle podcast; released from San Quentin State Prison after serving 21 years for attempted robbery

Nigel Poor, co-host and co-creator, Ear Hustle podcast; photography professor, California State University Sacramento.