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Ear Hustle: Creating Community Beyond Bars

Launched in 2017 from inside California’s San Quentin State Prison, Ear Hustle tells stories of incarceration and of life after release with wit, warmth and empathy. The podcast has garnered numerous honours from the Third Coast International Audio Festival and the Webby Awards, as well as being nominated for two Peabody Awards and the inaugural Pulitzer Prize for audio reporting.

Ear Hustle's creators, artist Nigel Poor and her formerly incarcerated co-host Earlonne Woods, along with executive producer Julie Shapiro of Radiotopia, join us to discuss the art of audio storytelling, the impact of communities telling their own stories, and how they keep creating amid a pandemic that limits access to participants.

Join host Santilla Chingaipe at ACMI as she interviews the Ear Hustle team via videolink, or watch the live-stream online.

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Presented in partnership with the Australian International Documentary Conference and ACMI

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Who?

Portrait of Julie Shapiro

Julie Shapiro

Julie Shapiro is the executive producer of Radiotopia from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven podcasts. She is also the executive producer of Ear Hustle.

From 2014–15, Julie was the executive producer of ABC RN's Creative Audio Unit. In 2000, she co-founded the Third Coast International Audio Festival – where as artistic director she shaped the Festival's creative trajectory and prioritised innovative audio and a cross-pollinating international listening culture.

Julie has taught radio to university students, presented at conferences all over the globe, and produced stories for the airwaves and podcasts in the US and beyond. 

Portrait of Nigel Poor

Nigel Poor

Nigel Poor is a visual artist whose work explores the various ways people make a mark and leave behind evidence of their existence. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and can be found in various museum collections including the SFMOMA, the M.H. deYoung Museum, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.She is also a professor of photography at California State University, Sacramento.

In 2011, Nigel got involved with San Quentin State Prison as a volunteer teacher for the Prison University Project.

Portrait of Earlonne Woods

Earlonne Woods

Earlonne Woods was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. In 1997, he was sentenced to 31-years-to-life in prison. While incarcerated, he received his GED, attended Coastline Community College and completed many vocational trade programs. In November 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown commuted Earlonne’s sentence after 21 years of incarceration. Upon his release, Earlonne was hired by PRX as a full-time producer for Ear Hustle, and he continues to work on the show, contributing stories about re-entry.

Portrait of Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is a journalist and filmmaker whose work explores migration, cultural identities and politics. She is a regular contributor to the Saturday Paper, and serves as a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations (AGAAR). 

Chingaipe wrote and directed the documentary series Third Culture Kids for the ABC. Other credits include the short documentary Black As Me.

Her first book of non-fiction detailing the stories of convicts of African descent transported to the Australian penal colonies, is forthcoming with Picador in 2021.

The recipient of several awards, Chingaipe was recognised at the United Nations as one of the most influential people of African descent in the world in 2019. 

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