Eve Abrams

New Orleans

Unprisoned is an audio-documentary project that tells the stories behind the statistics of Louisiana, the world’s incarceration capital. Unprisoned’s second season will trace the history of this state's sky-high levels of incarceration, reaching back to when Louisiana was a key hub in the nation's domestic slave trade and moving into the present day, when 1 in 14 black men from New Orleans are behind bars.

Bio: Eve Abrams is an audio documentarian, writer, and educator who first fell in love with stories listening to her grandmother tell them. Abrams' work focuses on documenting the stories of her adopted hometown, New Orleans. She produces the audio project Unprisoned, piloted through AIR’s Finding America initiative and airing on WWNO and WBOK, which tells how mass incarceration affects people serving time outside. Unprisoned received a Gabriel Award and was a Peabody Finalist. Abrams' 2015 documentary Along Saint Claude chronicled 300 years of change in New Orleans and received the Edward R. Murrow award. Her documentary project Preservation Hall resulted in an exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum and the book, Preservation Hall. Abrams' writing can be found in the New Orleans Atlas Unfathomable CityFourth Genre, and Louisiana Cultural Vistas, and her radio works can be heard on a host of national programs such as Morning Edition and Reveal. She has been teaching for 25 years and currently teaches for the Society for Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys.


Eve Abrams Unprisoned Headshot

Photo: Shannon Brinkman.