Ear Hustle Podcast

I figured now would be the perfect time to tell you all about another Podcast that has become one of my favorites.

If you’re not familiar with the term Ear Hustle it simply means trying to listen in on someone else’s conversation.  So with this podcast they are giving us the opportunity to listen to inmates tell their stories on why they are in prison and about their every day life behind bars. This podcast is so real that if you were listening in real-time you’d notice that the podcast didn’t air for a few weeks due to the lock-down that took place within the prison.

It’s also a great way to humanize those people behind bars and to see that who they were going into prison may not be who they are now; five, ten, or twenty plus years later.

I’ve been listening to this podcast for over a year now and they are currently on break, gearing up to come back for their fourth season in the Spring.  Hence the perfect time to catch up.

This particular podcast stands out to me because its relatable.  I know family members and friends who have spent time behind bars.  Be it, jail or prison.  I’ve been there visiting and going through the motions.  I’ve heard the stories about life behind bars so this added bonus with the podcast sort of put things a little more into perspective for me; in a much better way than your typical prison TV show.  When listening, I like to use my imagination as the stories are being told, painting a picture as if I am watching a show or documentary.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

The Ear Hustle Podcast takes place in San Quentin State Prison, a men’s facility located north of San Francisco, California.  It is hosted by one of the inmates inside of the prison Earlonne Woods, along with a volunteer of the prison, Nigel Poor.  I believe it’s important to mention that Ear Hustle is the first podcast ever created inside a prison so it’s the first time we really get to see (oh hear in this case) this everyday lifestyle that prisoners have adapted to.  With weekly titles like “The Shu” or “The Boom Boom Room” (a few of my favorite episodes) we’re able to tap into their reality and learn how they’ve embraced living in a place we hope to never go.

You’ll also hear them talk about living with a cellmate or cellies as they like to call them. They tackle the subjects of relationships, parenting, race, survival, and so much more within these three seasons.

It is also great to see that technology is being incorporated into these prisons as well.  So many of these prisoners have lifelong sentences and are merely missing out on how fast the world is progressing-so for them, this is amazing.

Be sure to check out all three seasons and to listen to the end–you’re in for a great surprise.

Take a listen below:

Have you had a chance to listen to Ear Hustle?  Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.  Or perhaps you have a favorite podcast already, feel free to share as I’m always looking for new things to listen to.

You can download Ear Hustle where ever you get your podcast.

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*Photo cred: Ear Hustle logo*

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