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We Live Here explores the issues of race, class and history that led to the emotional eruption in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson. STLPR reporters Tim Lloyd and Kameel Stanley, along with editor Shula Neuman, will shepherd the entire newsroom on a year-long exploration of the issues and conflicts that got us to this point. Working to bridge the gap of understanding between whites and blacks, they will seek out a multitude of ways to tell the stories of those who might not naturally be a part of the discussion. Along with these stories, they will share their reporting process. From podcasts to radio features to social media to web posts, you're invited to participate. The national media may have swarmed St. Louis during the unrest in 2014, but St. Louis Public Radio felt it important to explore these complex issues in a way that only we can … because we live here.

We Live Here explores the issues of race, class and history that led to the emotional eruption in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson. STLPR reporters Tim Lloyd and Kameel Stanley, along with editor Shula Neuman, will shepherd the entire newsroom on a year-long exploration of the issues and conflicts that got us to this point. Working to bridge the gap of understanding between whites and blacks, they will seek out a multitude of ways to tell the stories of those who might not naturally be a part of the discussion. Along with these stories, they will share their reporting process. From podcasts to radio features to social media to web posts, you're invited to participate. The national media may have swarmed St. Louis during the unrest in 2014, but St. Louis Public Radio felt it important to explore these complex issues in a way that only we can … because we live here.
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St. Louis, MO

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We Live Here explores the issues of race, class and history that led to the emotional eruption in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson. STLPR reporters Tim Lloyd and Kameel Stanley, along with editor Shula Neuman, will shepherd the entire newsroom on a year-long exploration of the issues and conflicts that got us to this point. Working to bridge the gap of understanding between whites and blacks, they will seek out a multitude of ways to tell the stories of those who might not naturally be a part of the discussion. Along with these stories, they will share their reporting process. From podcasts to radio features to social media to web posts, you're invited to participate. The national media may have swarmed St. Louis during the unrest in 2014, but St. Louis Public Radio felt it important to explore these complex issues in a way that only we can … because we live here.

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Episodes

Trying to make a way for upward mobility

11/8/2018
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It's an open secret that the nation's housing voucher (section 8) program has its issues. And that glaringly, a program intended to give people choice often doesn't, because turns out, many landlords on the private market aren’t rushing to participate and take housing subsidies, no matter that they're backed by Uncle Sam. In St. Louis, it leads to this data point: just 7 percent of housing voucher holders live in "high opportunity areas." But very quietly over the past year, a pilot program...

Duration:00:26:12

The present day of public housing’s past

10/25/2018
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The specter of Pruitt-Igoe still looms over St. Louis. The massive 1950s era public housing complex suffered under disinvestment and bad public policy. Ultimately, officials literally blew the whole thing up. Since then, the focus of public housing has shifted to the Section 8 voucher program and smaller developments. Yet, the model of large public housing complexes is still very much alive today. From mice to mold, the problems facing St. Louis’ aging public housing complexes is long. And...

Duration:00:28:50

Real estate Redemption

10/11/2018
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Segregation is systemic. We know that. But who powers these systems? People. In this episode, we zoom in on a group that holds immense power in guiding where people choose to live and raise families.Today’s show is about real estate agents. And what happens when some try to make amends for their industry’s past transgressions by focusing on a single St. Louis neighborhood.

Duration:00:28:24

Nuisance, or nonsense? (Part 4)

9/27/2018
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Rosetta Watson has won her fight against the city of Maplewood, Mo., which kicked her out of town after she generated too many calls to police while dealing with an abusive ex-boyfriend. Now what? We catch up with her, give her case some national context and chart out what may come next for the people challenging these nuisance and crime free laws.

Duration:00:25:22

Nuisance, or nonsense? (Part 3)

9/13/2018
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We’re interrupting our normal storytelling podcast schedule for...some breaking news. Earlier this season we brought you the story of Rosetta Watson, a woman suing in federal court after she says she was kicked out of Maplewood, Mo. for calling police too many times for protection from an abusive ex-boyfriend. Two days ago we got a tip that Maplewood had settled with Ms. Watson, who is set to receive a six-figure settlement. And the town’s city council voted to move forward with changes to...

Duration:00:17:52

The Descendants

8/30/2018
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*J.D. and Ethel Shelley wanted a better home for their children. They were crammed into a small apartment in downtown St. Louis, but had saved enough money to buy a nice, two apartment building in a quiet neighborhood in north St. Louis called the Greater Ville. However, racially restrictive covenants barred the Shelleys, who were black, from owning the home. So in 1945 a white realtor bought the home from the Kraemers, who were white, and then quickly signed the deed over to the shelleys....

Duration:00:27:42

Update: Housing Defenders

8/16/2018
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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled on a case we highlighted at the beginning of our season. That of Latasha Johnson, whose eviction case made it to the state's highest court because of it's importance to tenants rights.. And the ruling, issued in a holiday news dump, does indeed change some things. Short story: The court ruled for Johnson's landlord. But it also laid out some really important new guidelines for tenants rights. Only problem ... they do nothing to change Johnson's situation...

Duration:00:28:25

One House at a Time

8/2/2018
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Eltoreon Hawkins always thought he would be a cop. That's how he wanted to serve his community. But he quickly became disillusioned with the criminal justice system he wanted to see reformed. So he's turned his efforts closer to home. specifically, to real estate. And what started out as a plan to secure a future for himself and his family has turned into a mission for this 20-something: taking back his neighborhood, one vacant house at a time.

Duration:00:30:54

I Live Here: Homes and the Stories they Hold

7/19/2018
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Hear a group of St. Louisans tell their stories on stage as part of our annual “I Live Here” event. This summer’s theme was “Homes and the stories they hold.” This week’s episode was made possible with the help of the Second Tuesdays story organization and local music producer Trifeckta. Visit www.welivehere.show to hear the full, raw audio of the event and additional storytellers!

Duration:00:37:34

Paved Over Histories

7/5/2018
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Today’s show is all about the g-word: Gentrification. Which we often think of as happening in urban centers. But for generations there’s been a slow turnover as cities expanded into the suburbs and rural areas. That’s the backstory of Brentwood Promenade, a relatively affluent mall about 15 minutes outside of city of St. Louis. For 90 years it was home to middle-class African American families centered around the Evens-Howard Fire Brick Company. Developers bought and demolished the...

Duration:00:26:58

Closed off in the Gateway City

6/21/2018
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Spend time in St. Louis’ wealthy, old neighborhoods and you might notice something unusual. Amid all the splendor of ornate craftsmanship and tree-lined streets you’ll often happen across thick, wrought iron gates. In fact the city helped put gated communities on the map in America. The developers of these early streets also crafted racial restrictive covenants, which would spread to suburbs in St. Louis and beyond. With the help of St. Louis preservationist Michael Allen, Kameel and Tim...

Duration:00:26:25

The Segregation Myth-buster

6/7/2018
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A lot of people moan and groan about segregation as if it's a plight that magically fell out the sky. But that would be letting a lot of powerful people, policies an institutions of the hook. Because the truth is, America is segregated because it was designed to be, via a series of purposeful policies and government actions implemented in the past several decades. In this episode, hear Richard Rothstein, author of Color of Law, break it all down.

Duration:00:29:52

Housing Defenders

5/24/2018
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In a country where fair and affordable housing is becoming harder to hold onto each year, we profile the people who are standing in the gap: the lawyers. And we introduce you to Lee Camp, a young St. Louis attorney who stumbled upon a case that could level the playing field between tenants and landlords in Missouri — and his client Latasha Johnson, whose eviction story sits at the center.

Duration:00:36:50

Nuisance, or nonsense? (Part 2)

5/10/2018
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Last episode, you heard about serious allegations against officials in Maplewood, Mo. Housing advocates say public nuisance laws in the leafy suburb of St. Louis are being used against the poor, people of color and victims of domestic abuse. But in this episode, town officials push back and say there’s nothing wrong with the way they determine who is and isn’t a nuisance in their town. We also hear more about Rosetta Watson, the woman suing in federal court after she says she was kicked out...

Duration:00:21:00

Nuisance, or nonsense? (Part 1)

4/26/2018
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Maplewood, Missouri. is a cozy little suburb at the border of St. Louis City. It has great schools, a cute downtown and one of the region’s most celebrated breweries. But in the background, some housing advocates say the town’s officials are turning public nuisance laws against people of color, the mentally ill and victims of domestic abuse. In the first of a two-part episode, hosts Tim and Kameel kick of the podcast’s fourth season by digging into these allegations and tell the story of a...

Duration:00:17:51

It’s Season Four trailer, trailer, trailer time!

4/13/2018
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Tim and Kameel give you a preview of what is coming in show’s fourth season, with an extra emphasis on the LIVE HERE part of We Live Here.

Duration:00:03:04

Bonus: Black Girl Magic Pt. 2

3/22/2018
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Tim and Kameel are working hard to make shows for the next season, but don’t worry dear listeners, because it’s bonus episode time! We’re taking you allllll the way back to a little more than a year ago when we brought you an episode called “Black Girl Magic.” Some of you diehards probably remember it, if not, scroll back in our feed and check it out. The episode is all about a big effort among business leaders in St. Louis to diversify the city’s entrepreneurship scene. It turns out one...

Duration:00:29:30

Bonus: Kehinde Wiley takes us to art church

3/1/2018
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It almost seemed like a too-good-to-be-true Black History Month gift: the unveiling of the super-cool official portrait of former president Barack Obama. This distinct image of Obama, which is unlike any other presidential portrait, immediately caused a cultural and artistic buzz. Even better for us, it happened to be by the mesmerizing Kehinde Wiley, an artist we had on the podcast in 2016 following a controversy at St. Louis’ contemporary art museum. In that episode, titled “Museum...

Duration:00:21:43

Bonus: Out of the Ville Pt. 2

2/15/2018
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We miss you guys! We’re hard at work getting shows ready for our fourth season, but we don’t want to leave you hanging. So, we’re dropping a little bonus content. Last year we collaborated with the very cool producers at Baltimore’s Out of the Blocks podcast and brought you voices from the Ville, a historic black neighborhood in north St. Louis. This is the second show from that podcast mashup with some extra stories at the end.

Duration:00:46:17

Judgment Day

12/26/2017
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Jesus is back! Our favorite black spiritual adviser returns to judge our third season. Hear highlights from the episodes he liked, and the ones he didn’t.

Duration:00:25:31