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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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Wage Whiplash

Earlier this summer, we got bombarded with messages and emails from people wanting to know if it was true that Missouri has snatched back a wage increase from the lowest-paid workers in St. Louis. Short answer? Yes. But today’s show isn’t about that short answer. It’s about the long one.The story of HOW and WHY the city is locked in this battle. And the growing movement to keep up the fight to raise the standard of living for thousands of low-wage workers in this state — which now centers a...

Duration: 00:28:10

The woke spectrum?

On this episode we explore the idea of a woke spectrum. You longtime listeners probably knew we would end up here eventually. After all, it is our new tagline. We go through responses we’ve collected about the word woke and we spend time with regular people -- many of them white -- trying to figure out, in light of everything going on, where they fit on this spectrum. And as it turns out, our spectrum kind of, sort of has some theoretical underpinnings when it comes to racial identity....

Duration: 00:36:43

Finding Art In Activism

Today’s show is all about choices. We’ll listen in as Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan, producers of the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Whose Streets,’ talk about their choice to make the film and how they hope it will become a lasting document. We’ll also hear how a choice a good friend of ours made while covering Ferguson continues to shape the choices he makes now. A note that you won’t be hearing from us much on this episode. Because on today’s show, our choice is to listen.

Duration: 00:24:05

Hands up, Mics on

On the third anniversary of Mike Brown's killing, we share the story of three playwrights who penned monologues about their experiences as black men in America. This is part 1 of two shows we're using to explore to art and activism. Part 2 will drop later in August.

Duration: 01:08:08

So you think you're an ally?

Is there a right and a right and a wrong way to be an ally? Are you doing it right? Do you even know what it is? Maybe you should take our quiz to find out. In this episiode, we give what we call “The Ally Quiz” to two best friends, and have their answers scored by one of St. Louis’ most dynamic race scholars. And then, we reveal a twist. Follow along then go to to take the quiz yourself (or give it to someone). Then share the results with us in a voice memo — emailed...

Duration: 00:26:59

Removing Confederate Monuments: Why Now and What’s Next?

Earlier this spring, the nation was transfixed with the fight in New Orleans over the removal of its confederate monuments. That spread to other cities -- including here in St. Louis, which just removed a confederate memorial from its lauded and most famous public park. So what now? We swoop in, and with help from BackStory's Nathan Connolly, try to unearth some conclusions and next steps.

Duration: 00:28:50

Curious Mayor

In this episode, we get a seemingly simple question from a regular guy who wants St. Louis to do better around race and economic progress. And then we take that question to woman who wants the same, and just so happens to have recently come into a considerable amount of power.

Duration: 00:29:44

Jesus was black

Hey everyone, we’re official back! On the first episode of season three, a very, very special guest helps Tim and Kameel explore the white washing of Jesus. And we meet a local minister who’s trying to help his mostly white congregation rethink was Jesus looked like.

Duration: 00:24:51

We're baaaaaaaaaack...almost

Get pumped - Season 3 of your favorite race and class podcast from St. Louis is back June 13! Subscribe now. Jesus wants you to. We'll explain later :)

Duration: 00:02:08

Insurance Insecurity

We cap our second season by examining the ultimate system, one that can literally make the difference between life and death: the healthcare system. In particular concerns about what changes could be coming to the Affordable Care Act and how one group in Missouri tried to come up with an alternate health insurance system.

Duration: 00:31:31

Black Girl Magic

Black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs. But as a group, they're largely ignored by the investment community. Why is that? And what are people doing to change that? We dive into this disconnect in our latest episode, and we tell you about efforts -- local and national -- to close this gap and make the start-up world more inclusive. Along the way, we bring you several stories of black women entrepreneurs, from a local St. Louis baker to the founder of Blavity.

Duration: 00:34:42

Museum Meltdown

How a controversy at a St. Louis museum exposed a long-running conversation in the art world about identity, power and race.

Duration: 00:27:54

Suspended Futures (Pt. 2)

About six months ago, we took an intense look at racial disparities in early-grade school suspensions in Missouri. We revisit the topic in this week's episode and bring you a big update – on the people and policy changes that've happened in since then.

Duration: 00:24:00

Kansas City: From bbq to 'black Silicon Valley'?

There’s been a lot of chatter in recent years about inclusiveness in the tech world. Companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook have all been called out for their mostly white and male staffs. But what if, instead of an afterthought, diversity was hardwired into the core of a new start-up scene? That’s what this week’s installment of We Live Here is all about. And we’re not taking you to the coasts or San Francisco to look for answers. Instead, the show goes to Kansas City to tell the...

Duration: 00:29:47

Welcome to Club Democracy

The U.S. has a long history of choosing who it will and won’t let participate in the voting system. So as the nation prepares to choose its next leader, with a wave of voter ID laws on the books, and with fears about fraud now a major narrative in the presidential election, we take a look at just who is and who isn't being let into "Club Democracy" — and why.

Duration: 00:38:32

Progress ... for who?

The relocation of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to north St. Louis has been heralded as a big win for the region. But it also meant relocating some 200 residents. St. Louis Public Radio’s business reporter Maria Altman has been covering the NGA relocation for months. As we resume the second season of We Live Here… Maria joins co-hosts Kameel Stanley and Tim Lloyd to take a closer look at what is being lost in the name of progress.

Duration: 00:34:39

I Live Here

Our first live show! We teamed up with two local St. Louis orgs (UrbArts and Second Tuesdays) to bring you a night of live storytelling about race, class, poverty and power. This is just a teaser though. Find more at

Duration: 00:34:14

My America

We take a break from public policy and social systems, and instead explore different perspectives about what "My America" means to our listeners.

Duration: 00:33:24

Affordable Housing: Redrawing the master plan

In our episode last week, we brought you stories of people navigating the nation's biggest program aimed providing housing for the low income, elderly and disabled. This week's podcast widens the scope a bit, and takes a look at the changes happening in federal housing policy. Trust us, it's a lot more exciting than it sounds! Featuring stories and voices from St. Louis, Chicago, Oakland and Phoenix.

Duration: 00:37:14

Sectioned Off

Housing choice vouchers -- commonly known as Section 8 -- are supposed to give people with low incomes the freedom to pick where they want to live. But for many voucher holders, that's not how the story actually plays out. With help from reporters in Georgia and San Francisco, this week we explore just how tough it is to find affordable housing in America -- even with a little boost from Uncle Sam.

Duration: 00:28:15

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