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The creators of Ear Hustle on how they got their start

Ear Hustle cohosts, Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor
Francesca Leonardi
Ear Hustle cohosts, Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor

This year, to celebrate 80 years of KALW, we’re throwing it back on Thursdays. And today, in honor of breast cancer awareness month, we’re starting the show with a story from the early days of San Quentin Radio.

Since 2009, inmates and staff at San Quentin have held their own Breast Cancer awareness walkathon. The two-day breast cancer walk brings volunteers inside the prison, where they walk alongside the incarcerated men to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

Then I speak with Earlonne Woods, who produced that story. He was released from prison in 2018 and is now the co-creator and co-host of the hit podcast Ear Hustle from Radiotopia, with Nigel Poor. I talked to them about their journey and their new book.

Click the play button above to listen to their converation.

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.