Here's what's on my phone podcast playlist by title and category: Oprah's Super Soul (self-help, inspiration), Oprah's Master Class (self-help, inspiration), HBR Women at Work (business), Undisclosed (legal), Slow Burn (political), Stay Tuned with Preet (legal and political), Uncivil (race relations), Garden & Gun Whole Hog (the South), Ear Hustle
(life inside San Quentin state prison).
While 2018 has been a fairly lukewarm year for podcasts (compared to the smashing 2017 that saw shows like S-Town, Homecoming, Ear Hustle
and 36 Questions grab our eardrums), we've managed to pick the diamonds in the rough for you.
"Radio Lab" is a favorite and also "Ear Hustle
A whiteboard still displays the first season's episodes, with one date highlighted: June 29, 2017--the day Ear Hustle hit No.
Ear Hustle stands out in the podcast realm for its textured stories about men coping with the challenges of incarceration.
Julie Shapiro, executive producer for the podcasting outlet Radiotopia, knew Ear Hustle had potential the moment she first heard it.
When he first met Shapiro, he bragged that Ear Hustle would get I million downloads.
Unlike the stereotypes typically found in TV dramas, the inmates of Ear Hustle
are funny, thoughtful, and complicated.
From stories about cell mates and conjugal visits to solitary confinement, race and how it affects life in prison and the parole hearing process, Ear Hustle
is a sociological and psychological study of the lives of the incarcerated done with sensitivity and heart-wrenching openness.