We Live Here

We Live Here

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A St. Louis-based podcast that keeps it real about race and class…for people somewhere on the woke spectrum.
House Party!
Dec 6 • 34 min
Hey ya’ll! It’s a been a long season. And it means so much to the WLH crew that you’ve hung with us all year as we dissect race, class and housing in one of the most segregated cities in these United States. Recently we invited about 150 of our friends…
Gentrification at a Midwestern pace
Nov 22 • 31 min
The Grove neighborhood is in a part of St. Louis that has seen an uptick in new housing and business development. The changes have been a blessing and a curse. While many in the area welcome the investments, there are concerns that rising housing costs…
Trying to make a way for upward mobility
Nov 8 • 23 min
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…
The present day of public housing’s past
Oct 25 • 27 min
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…
Real estate Redemption
Oct 11 • 26 min
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…
Nuisance, or nonsense? (Part 4)
Sep 27 • 24 min
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…
Nuisance, or nonsense? (Part 3)
Sep 13 • 16 min
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…
The Descendants
Aug 30 • 25 min
*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…
Update: Housing Defenders
Aug 16 • 26 min
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…
One House at a Time
Aug 2 • 29 min
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…
I Live Here: Homes and the Stories they Hold
Jul 19 • 36 min
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…
Paved Over Histories
Jul 5 • 25 min
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,…
Closed off in the Gateway City
Jun 21 • 25 min
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…
The Segregation Myth-buster
Jun 7 • 28 min
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…
Housing Defenders
May 24 • 33 min
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…
Nuisance, or nonsense? (Part 2)
May 10 • 19 min
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…
Nuisance, or nonsense? (Part 1)
Apr 26 • 17 min
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…
It’s Season Four trailer, trailer, trailer time!
Apr 13 • 3 min
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.
Bonus: Black Girl Magic Pt. 2
Mar 22 • 28 min
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…
Bonus: Kehinde Wiley takes us to art church
Mar 1 • 19 min
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…
Bonus: Out of the Ville Pt. 2
Feb 15 • 43 min
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…
Judgment Day
Dec 26, 2017 • 23 min
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.
Out of the Ville
Dec 12, 2017 • 33 min
Sonny Liston, Frankie Freeman, Chuck Berry, Tina Turner, Dick Gregory: That’s just a handful of America’s black luminaries who called “The Ville” home, a one square mile neighborhood in north St. Louis. But decades of population loss and systemic…
I Live Here 2017 - Part 2
Nov 28, 2017 • 31 min
We keep the stories going and keep up our streak of handing the mics over to the community. Listen to the second half of this year’s “I Live Here” live storytelling event. Hear from three St. Louis artists — including a young poet, a country music…
I Live Here 2017 - Part 1
Nov 14, 2017 • 38 min
It’s story time. Last year’s “I Live Here” storytelling event was so much fun, we decided to do it again this year. This week’s episode is a little different, and features hosts Tim and Kameel handing the mics to the community. In this first half, hear…
Revolution from Within
Oct 31, 2017 • 37 min
There have been near-daily protests in St. Louis following the September 2017 acquittal of a white police officer who killed a black man six years ago. And mounting allegations of excessive use of force by police officers responding to those protests. As…
White Flight and Reclaimed Memories
Oct 17, 2017 • 34 min
In one of the country’s most segregated cities, the division seems nearly permanent: that black people in St. Louis live north, and white people south. It wasn’t always this way. Back when Christine Schmiz was growing up, plenty of white people lived in…
T & K Time
Oct 3, 2017 • 23 min
As we’ve been collecting stories for you guys over the past few months, other people have been prodding us to tell our story. Since we’re about halfway through season 3, we thought why not now? People are curious about the nitty-gritty behind the show,…
Wage Whiplash
Sep 19, 2017 • 26 min
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…
The woke spectrum?
Sep 5, 2017 • 34 min
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…
Finding Art In Activism
Aug 22, 2017 • 23 min
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…
Hands up, Mics on
Aug 8, 2017 • 43 min
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…
So you think you’re an ally?
Jul 25, 2017 • 25 min
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…
Removing Confederate Monuments: Why Now and What’s Next?
Jul 11, 2017 • 27 min
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…
Curious Mayor
Jun 27, 2017 • 29 min
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…
Jesus was black
Jun 13, 2017 • 24 min
Hey everyone, we’re official back! On the first episode of season three, a very, very special guest helps Tim and Kameel explore the whitewashing of Jesus. And we meet a local minister who’s trying to help his mostly white congregation rethink what Jesus…
We’re baaaaaaaaaack…almost
Jun 1, 2017 • 2 min
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 :)
Insurance Insecurity
Jan 23, 2017 • 31 min
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…
Black Girl Magic
Jan 9, 2017 • 33 min
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…
Museum Meltdown
Dec 12, 2016 • 27 min
How a controversy at a St. Louis museum exposed a long-running conversation in the art world about identity, power and race.
Suspended Futures (Pt. 2)
Nov 28, 2016 • 24 min
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.
Kansas City: From bbq to ‘black Silicon Valley’?
Nov 14, 2016 • 29 min
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…
Welcome to Club Democracy
Oct 31, 2016 • 37 min
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…
Changing the look of poverty
Oct 16, 2016 • 28 min
In the community development world it’s widely understood that bringing any kind of change to a struggling neighborhood can take years. Yet the need for change is urgent. Research suggests blight is associated with serious health problems, not to mention…
Equity in Education: doable or a dream?
Oct 3, 2016 • 32 min
ON THIS EPISODE … we tell you what happened after our investigative show earlier this season about school suspensions. And we plant ourselves in Adams Elementary, a neighborhood school in south St. Louis, that is on a serious mission: equitable education…
Progress … for who?
Sep 19, 2016 • 34 min
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…
I Live Here
Jul 25, 2016 • 33 min
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 WeLiveHere.show.
My America
Jul 11, 2016 • 31 min
We take a break from public policy and social systems, and instead explore different perspectives about what “My America” means to our listeners.
Affordable Housing: Redrawing the master plan
Jun 27, 2016 • 37 min
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…
Sectioned Off
Jun 12, 2016 • 28 min
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…
Homicide’s Wake: A 360-view of the ripples a murder creates in the community
May 29, 2016 • 20 min
In 2015, 188 people were victims of homicide in St. Louis. In this episode, we bring you stories of those who have to cope and carry on. Because from a family, to a neighborhood, and beyond…as you follow the wake of each homicide, the ripples get wider…
Rhetoric vs. Reality: Which is winning post Ferguson?
May 16, 2016 • 29 min
What’s the Missouri legislature done in the two sessions since Michael Brown’s death? A little, but not nearly as much as was anticipated in 2014, when Ferguson was in the international spotlight. In this episode, veteran political reporter Jason…
Declining but not dead: desegregation in St. Louis
May 1, 2016 • 27 min
Despite the decades-long fight for school desegregation, America is, for the most part, still sending its white and black children to separate schools. Here in St. Louis, this angst over school segregation and integration never really went away.In fact,…
Suspended Futures - Digging into early grade suspensions
Apr 18, 2016 • 28 min
We Live Here investigates school suspensions in the early grades. We dig into state discipline data and find: In Missouri, when white kids in K-3 act out, they’re kicked out of class. But the black kids get kicked out of school. We also take a look at…
Race, class and the burden of proof
Apr 4, 2016 • 24 min
We start Season 2 of We Live Here by exploring a concept we’re calling “burden of proof.” And we ask why is it that race and class have such a huge impact on who gets believed in society. We explore this through the narrative of St. Louis lawyer Thomas…
We Live Here: Happy Holidays! Let’s talk about race and religion
Dec 20, 2015 • 27 min
It’s the holiday season, and like many of you, we’re taking stock. Taking stock of what we accomplished with this We Live Here project; the stories and…
We Live Here: Treating gun violence as public health issue — easier said than done
Dec 6, 2015 • 23 min
The nationwide debate about gun control, mass shootings, and violent crime was once again jump-started in the wake of recent massacres at a county…
We Live Here: Why wasn’t race a priority before things unraveled at Mizzou?
Nov 23, 2015 • 30 min
This week’s show started with a simple question we could not get out of our heads as we followed the recent shakeups at Mizzou. We’re referring to, of…
We Live Here: Surviving school suspensions
Nov 9, 2015 • 33 min
There is this term that gets thrown around in education circles that we felt needs some exploring. School to prison pipeline. It sounds like schools…
We Live Here: St. Louis educators share their stories of tackling race, bias and discipline
Oct 20, 2015 • 41 min
Racial disparities are a huge topic in education. And Missouri schools — specifically those in the St. Louis area — have been singled out as having some…
We Live Here: Funding Missouri’s public schools comes down to one not-so-simple formula
Oct 5, 2015 • 24 min
The arcane world of school finance in Missouri can be harder to understand than the most obscure poem or the most difficult calculus problem. But clear…
We Live Here: Race relations didn’t keep me away from St. Louis; they brought me here
Sep 20, 2015 • 17 min
This is Kameel Stanley’s inaugural article for St. Louis Public Radio’s We Live Here project. We asked her to introduce herself. Here is what she wrote:…
We Live Here: What it means to be multi-racial
Aug 23, 2015 • 29 min
This week’s We Live Here podcast is something a little different. Recently, we’ve been looking at health and the way that toxic stress can impact…
We Live Here: Ferguson, looking back and looking forward
Aug 9, 2015 • 28 min
A year after Michael Brown’s death, is the landscape around racial and economic disparities in St. Louis and beyond starting to shift? Can some changes already be seen?
We Live Here: Health happens where we live; a school shows how
Jul 28, 2015 • 20 min
A single school can tell us a lot about the health of the community in which it exists. It can also tell us a lot about how systemic problems with transportation, food, housing and crime adversely impact impoverished communities and the health of the…
We Live Here: Caring about health in the face of toxic stress
Jul 27, 2015 • 30 min
Given that treating people is already a challenging task, imagine the extra challenge that comes from treating people who experience toxic stress — the stress that comes from constant exposure to poor housing conditions, lack of quality food or exposure…
We Live Here: Segregation is ‘literally killing us,’ health researcher says
Jun 28, 2015 • 16 min
While most people think of the “Delmar Divide,” as simply a line that separates a mostly white community to the south and a mostly black community to the north, the reality is that the divide represents huge disparities in health.
We Live Here: Finding your way in society after years in prison
Jun 14, 2015 • 31 min
A sliver of the 1.5 million people in federal and state prisons will remain in prison for life. But the vast majority are released at some point. How does someone adjust to life outside after spending years behind bars?
We Live Here: How a debt to society can come with interest
May 31, 2015 • 23 min
Even pleading guilty to a misdemeanor can come with some other penalties. These are called collateral consequences, and they’re the focus of this episode of We Live Here.
We Live Here: Navigating the criminal justice system with a public defender as our guide
May 17, 2015 • 19 min
In this episode of We Live Here, we explore the price and perils of our public defender system.
We Live Here: The life and times of a police officer
May 3, 2015 • 38 min
On this episode of We Live Here we introduce you to four police officers who discuss not only what life is like during the day-to-day grind of work, but also the question of whether or not race makes a difference for African-American officers in majority…
We Live Here: Crime, cops and criminal justice — a preview
Apr 20, 2015 • 10 min
We Live Here spent the last several weeks ramping up to explore race in St. Louis and, specifically, how systems intersect with people to create a lot of the inequality in our region … and around the country. Now, we are moving from the general to the…
We Live Here: St. Louis’ coded conversation about race and class
Apr 5, 2015 • 33 min
This episode of We Live Here is all about talking about race without actually talking about race.
We Live Here: Growing up apart
Mar 22, 2015 • 27 min
Now that we’ve looked at the jigsaw puzzle of St. Louis County, we consider the children. In a place where people from different backgrounds — and especially different races — seldom live next to each other, we ask the question: What does that mean for…
We Live Here: 90 cities, one road and a whole lot of laws
Mar 7, 2015 • 41 min
Within St. Louis’ system of municipalities, people are largely divided — white, black, rich and poor. They rarely live next to each other.
We Live Here: Introduction
Feb 26, 2015 • 8 min
We didn’t want to just tell another story about the inequalities that exist in our region. We wanted to tear into the issues, break apart the theory from the reality, demonstrate how the systemic problems that plague our region play out in real people’s…