White socks, an out-of-place tennis racket and a letter jacket — stitched with recognition for “SPEECH” and “ACADEMICS.” I swallowed my pride for this story, showing off my ’90s senior photos, which pale in comparison to the modern-day portraits of the Instagram generation.
“Ear Hustle” is prison slang for eavesdropping. It’s also the name of a popular new podcast produced by two inmates at San Quentin State Prison. We spent a day ear hustling the “Ear Hustle” team.
We spent six hours inside the California Correctional Institution on the day we shot this story. No phones were allowed inside, which meant no email, no Twitter. Perhaps that meant we were immersed even deeper in the experience. And perhaps that’s why it impacted our team so greatly.