Last year, a small team interested in creating media projects invited a few audio producers to meet them behind the walls of San Quentin prison. They were engaging, smart, and buzzing about starting a new podcast about life inside the system. Since then, despite a series of seemingly impossible challenges, they have created one the most transportive podcasts ever. Ear Hustle, amazing stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. It’s produced by Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist; this team works with San Quentin’s media lab to create some of the most compelling stories in any medium. Do yourself a favor, and listen to stories from a place you hope never to see.
-- Glynn Washington, Snap Judgement
My favorite new podcast of 2017 is Ear Hustle, the podcast about life behind bars at San Quentin, told from the perspective of inmates. It's astonishing. It paints a picture of what it means to be incarcerated that is so much more complex, nuanced, and human than the depictions we're used to. And it's impeccably made, from the charming hosts to the top-notch production.
-- Hrishikesh Hirway, Song Exploder