A compelling and often witty insight into the reality of life inside – and why it’s nothing like Orange Is the New Black

Crime podcasts are big business and Ear Hustle (Ear Hustle & Radiotopia/iTunes) gives a new perspective on the genre. It is created, recorded and produced in San Quentin state prison, by Earlonne Woods, who is serving 31 years-to-life and Antwan Williams (15 years), along with Nigel Poor, an artist who works with prisoners. And it is incredible from the first moments, dignified and humorous.

Ear Hustle is prison slang for eavesdropping, and Williams and Woods are determined to show the reality of life inside. “You got all these TV shows, like Prison Break, Orange Is the New Black. They bullshit though! Prison ain’t really like that. We just living life, like everybody else,” they insist.

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