Radiotopia’s “Ear Hustle” podcast launches a new season with an oral history of activist George Jackson’s death at San Quentin, stories about making bail, motherhood in prison, music, and more
“This Is Ear Hustle” co-authored by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods will be released on October 12 from Crown Publishing
“Ear Hustle,” the award-winning podcast sharing stories of the daily realities of life in prison by those living it and from outside, post-incarceration, launched a new season today. Season 8 begins with an oral history of activist George Jackson’s death in addition to two incarcerated individuals and three prison officers in San Quentin State Prison in 1971. Through interviews with people who witnessed it directly, the episode delves into the lasting legacy of Jackson’s death among San Quentin residents and staff, and why the events of his death are still debated inside the prison today.
For Season 8, “Ear Hustle” is also working on stories about the ups and downs of making bail; navigating pregnancy and motherhood in prison; music; and, a visit to Camp Grace, where incarcerated fathers and their children enjoy traditional camp activities. Also this season, “Ear Hustle” team members will partake in eating according to California state food guidelines for incarcerated individuals, similar to the way the show’s team members inside San Quentin do. Follow along on social media @earhustlesq for further details. In addition, subscribers to the “Ear Hustle” newsletter “The Lowdown” will receive access to a conversation with activist and author Angela Davis. Sign up here to subscribe to the newsletter and to access the conversation on September 9, following the release of the episode about George Jackson.
Co-hosted by artist Nigel Poor, Earlonne Woods, and by Rahsaan “New York” Thomas, who is currently incarcerated at San Quentin, “Ear Hustle” launched in 2017. The first podcast created and produced in prison, “Ear Hustle” is a part of the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX. “Ear Hustle” has received recognition from the Peabody Awards, duPont-Columbia Awards, and the Pulitzer Prizes. Episodes have been downloaded more than 54 million times.
New episodes of “Ear Hustle” will be released every other Wednesday through December 15. The podcast is available free on demand across all major listening platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music. “Ear Hustle” is also broadcast inside California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation prisons (CDCR) and via National Prison Radio in England and Wales.
Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor are also co-authors of “This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life” (Crown Publishing, an imprint of Penguin Random House), a book inspired by the podcast. The book will be released on October 12, 2021, and is currently available for pre-order. “This Is Ear Hustle” has received advance praise from New York Times Magazine poetry editor Reginald Dwayne Betts, describing the book as “revelatory… the bildungsroman of one of the most influential pieces of art, broadcast journalism, and reportage to ever come out of prison” and by “Orange is the New Black” author Piper Kerman as “a must-read for fans of the legendary podcast and all those who seek to understand crime, punishment, and mass incarceration in America.”
“I’m looking forward to telling more stories, including more women’s voices, and including listeners in an interactive experience with us,” said Nigel Poor, co-creator and co-host of “Ear Hustle.” “While the season ahead will present new creative challenges, we’re staying true to our mission of finding the captivating in the everyday and telling stories about making a life where you are.”
“We’re committed to bringing listeners stories that need to be heard, such as the death of George Jackson,” said Earlonne Woods, co-host and co-creator of “Ear Hustle.” “Thank you to our listeners for your support and gratitude to all of those in the San Quentin community and beyond who trust us with their stories.”
“One amazing thing about Ear Hustle is that the show continues to evolve,” said Julie Shapiro, executive producer of “Ear Hustle” and executive producer of the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX. “To that end, season eight will not disappoint as we expand our storytelling beyond San Quentin and invite listeners to participate in an experience that may give some insight into life in prison.”
The “Ear Hustle” production team also includes Rhashyid Zinnamon from inside San Quentin, co-creator and sound designer Antwan Williams and producer John “Yahya” Johnson, who were previously incarcerated at San Quentin, as well as editor Amy Standen, senior producer Bruce Wallace, and digital producer Shabnam Sigman.
For more additional information and for episode transcripts, visit earhustlesq.com.
Radiotopia from PRX is a curated network of independent, listener-supported, and artist-owned podcasts. In 2017, Radiotopia was named one of the top 10 most innovative companies by Fast Company. Podcasts in the network have received recognition from the Peabody Awards, Alfred L. duPont-Columbia Awards, the Pulitzer Prizes, and from the Third Coast International Audio Festival.