Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor on ‘This is Ear Hustle’ and Telling Stories About Incarceration From the Inside

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Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor are the creators of"Ear Hustle," a podcast that shares stories about daily life in prison. (Francesca Leonardi)

Five years ago, Nigel Poor, an artist, and Earlonne Woods, an inmate in San Quentin, created a podcast chronicling the stories and daily life of prison. “Ear Hustle” smashed prison stereotypes with humor and candor even as it revealed the human toll of mass incarceration. The podcast became an enormous hit, surpassing 40 million downloads, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for a Peabody Award. Poor and Woods’ new book “This is Ear Hustle” fills in the details about their remarkable project and they join to discuss what it means to tell stories about life in prison, from the inside.


Earlonne Woods , co-host, co-creator and co-producer, "Ear Hustle"; founder, CHOOSE1 — which works to repeal California's three-strikes law

Nigel Poor, co-host, co-creator and co-producer, "Ear Hustle"; professor of photography, California State University Sacramento