Did you ever have an addiction to something that you just could not explain?
Today I stand before you admitting my addiction to Ear Hustle.
I shared with you that I have jumped on the podcast bandwagon a while back when I posted about Terrible Thanks for Asking. You can read about that by clicking on that underlined link above.
Podcasts have become my go to when I am driving and with a 9 1/2 hour trip to Ohio I can enjoy a lot of podcasts. So in my effort to continually share my life with you I have decided to share some of my favorite podcasts on the blog.
Ear hustle is prison slang for eavesdropping. The podcast “Ear Hustle” is an amazing look or more appropriately a listen inside the walls of San Quentin prison. The podcast is a collaboration between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, both of whom are currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist.
It is fascinating.
Life in prison is not what “I” think it would be. These inmates have access to a media center where they can produce this amazing podcast and while some of the stories that are told make me squirm a little bit they are real life. I need to know more about real life some days.
I am not quite sure how I found Ear Hustle but I am glad I did. I even got my son’s fiancee hooked on it. Topics covered have included “cellies”, gang life in prison, racial divides, keeping pets, conjugal visits, life in the SHU, aging and death and many other really insightful topics.
I find myself listening and really, really liking these guys. I think I would have some really great conversations with them. They are real and honest and sometimes their sentences just don’t really seem to go with their crimes. Oh I realize that not all prisoners are represented in the podcasts but the ones that I have heard make me think that they are just regular people who have made some poor choices.
I could say the same thing about myself at times.
If you find yourself needing something new to listen to I would highly suggest giving Ear Hustle a listen. Click on any of the links at the end of this post to connect with them in a variety of ways including downloading their weekly podcast.
While you are at it why don’t you check out a post I wrote about another virtual blogger friend who published a book of poetry that she wrote while she was incarcerated. It’s a good one. Trust me. I wouldn’t give you bad advice. You can read all about Ra Avis and her book Sack Nasty by clicking here.