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Ear Hustle

Ear Hustle brings you the stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it.  Ear Hustle is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist.   Each episode is beautifully crafted, framing first-person reflections and stories in broader terms that invite listeners to take stock and question their own presumptions about surveillance, incarceration and the nature of vexed concepts such as “freedom” and “discipline” and “race” and “self-expression.”

Every episode is teachable

   Each episode of Ear Hustle includes a statement by the public information officer at San Quentin State Prison:  “I approve this story.”  The podcast, in other words, flags explicitly its own epistemic constraints.  As an audio-project that is produced from within San Quentin, Ear Hustle is subject to highly specific rules and procedures.  Any one of these episodes lends itself to the classroom.  And it might be especially fruitful to pair Ear Hustle with abolitionist-writings like those of Angela Davis.