Earlier this year, the NFLS Board agreed to sponsor one of the keynote speakers, Nigel Poor, at the upcoming WLA Fall Conference in Green Bay.
Poor is a volunteer at San Quentin Prison and co-hosts the podcast “Ear Hustle.” The podcast is a partnership between Poor, a Bay Area visual artist, and Earlonne Woods, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin. The podcast was also co-founded with former San Quentin resident Antwan Williams. Poor currently co-hosts with Rahsaan “New York” Thomas, an inmate at the prison.
On May 4, 2020, Ear Hustle was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Audio Reporting. Audio Reporting is a new category for 2020 given the rise in the number and popularity of podcasts. The new prize was awarded for “a distinguished example of audio journalism that serves the public interest, characterized by revelatory reporting and illuminating storytelling.’’
The Ear Hustle team works in the San Francisco Bay Area, both in San Quentin State Prison’s media lab and from offices on the outside, to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny and always honest. Episodes offer a nuanced view of people involved with the American prison system and those reintegrating into society after serving time.
For more information or to listen to the show: https://www.earhustlesq.com/listen
You can also check out an episode recorded in Wisconsin at a juvenile facility in Madison: https://www.earhustlesq.com/episodes/2020/5/13/catch-a-kite-5
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