Ear Hustle is a podcast made by Earlonne Woods, who is currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a visual artist who works with prisoners. A variety of topics about prison culture are covered, including the need to nurture, maintaining relationships, the effects of solitary confinement, and importance of cellmates. Though not explicitly political or abolitionist, prisoners are humanized and some faults of the criminal justice system are highlighted.
image from Radiotopia
I highly recommend listening to all episodes, but thus far there are two in particular I found useful for the classroom:
This episode discusses the unwritten rules around race in prisons. A few prisoners discuss rules around who you can take food from, what style of party prisoners have, who you shower with, and what type of tattoos you can have.
This episode is about sex trafficking and restorative justice. A survivor and a perpetrator of sex trafficking are interviewed and then have a discussion. Obviously the episode is very emotionally charged and can be upsetting for listeners. Sara Kruzan discusses her life, how she was trafficked, terminology around sex trafficking (specifically the word ‘pimp’), and healing.
image from Ear Hustle twitter account