Violation Presents: Ear Hustle

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Thank you for listening to Violation. We thought you might like to hear about another podcast — Ear Hustle, a member of Radiotopia from PRX.

Ear Hustle shares stories about what life is really like in prison, both inside and after you get out. Hosts Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods launched the podcast in 2017 when Earlonne was incarcerated in California’s San Quentin State Prison. In 2018, Earlonne's sentence was commuted and he was released.

Since then, the show has expanded to include voices and stories from other prisons — including women’s prisons — and also: stories about what it’s like to get out of prison and start over again on the outside. Ear Hustle stories are raw, often hilarious, and rarely what you’d expect to hear on a show about prison life.

Today we’re sharing an episode from March, called “Saber-Toothed Cat.” The hosts spend this entire episode with a man who has been incarcerated for 46 years. He schools them on the history of prison and answers questions such as: How many pairs of underwear do you get? How long does a bar of soap last? And: what does 46 years inside do to a person?

Ear Hustle is back with Season 12, which started on Sep. 6, and the show will also be marking its 100th episode in December.

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