Live Recording: Ear Hustle
Panel Premiere

Live Recording: Ear Hustle

Tribeca Podcasts
| United States | 60 MINUTES

Launched in 2017, Ear Hustle from Radiotopia and PRX was the first podcast created and produced in prison. Hosts Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor will sit down with WNYC’s Arun Venugopal to discuss their years of collaboration, share behind-the-scenes stories from their show, and speak about their upcoming book, This Is Ear Hustle, which will be released in October.

About Ear Hustle
Ear Hustle presents the daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration. The award-winning team works in the Bay Area––in San Quentin State Prison’s media lab and from offices on the outside––producing stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny, and always honest. Heard by listeners more than 50 million times across the globe, Ear Hustle is brought to listeners by Radiotopia from PRX.

Cast & Credits
Project Creator
Nigel Poor, Earlonne Woods, Antwan Williams
Julie Shapiro (Executive Producer), Bruce Wallace (Senior Producer), Nigel Poor (Co-Producer), Earlonne Woods (Co-Producer), Rahsaan “New York” Thomas (Co-Producer), John “Yahya” Johnson (Producer), Shabnam Sigman (Digital Producer)
Nigel Poor, Earlonne Woods, Rahsaan “New York” Thomas
Amy Standen

Earlonne Woods

Earlonne Woods

Earlonne Woods was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. In 1997, he was sentenced to 31-years-to-life in prison. While incarcerated, he received his GED, attended Coastline Community College and completed many vocational trade programs. In November 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown commuted Earlonne’s sentence after 21 years of incarceration. Upon his release, Earlonne was hired by PRX as a full-time producer for Ear Hustle, and he continues to work with Nigel, contributing stories about re-entry.

Nigel Poor

Nigel Poor

Nigel Poor is a visual artist whose work explores the various ways people make a mark and leave behind evidence of their existence. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and can be found in various museum collections including the SFMOMA, the M.H. deYoung Museum, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. She is also a professor of photography at California State University, Sacramento. In 2011, Nigel got involved with San Quentin State Prison as a volunteer teacher for the Prison University Project. She is the co-creator and co-host of the podcast Ear Hustle from PRX’s Radiotopia.

Arun Venugopal

Arun Venugopal

Arun Venugopal is Senior Reporter in the Race & Justice Unit at WNYC in New York. He also serves as a guest host at Fresh Air, regularly sitting in for Terry Gross, and often contributes to NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has appeared on PBS Newshour and CBS News and has been published in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and most recently The Atlantic. He lives with his family in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Arun Venugopal

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