We Live Here

78 EpisodesProduced by St. Louis Public Radio

A St. Louis-based podcast that keeps it real about race and class .. .for people somewhere on the woke spectrum.

78 Episodes | 2015 - 2018

When progress meets backlash

December 31st, 2018


Just before Thanksgiving, a housing crisis popped up in the infamous St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. The county housing authority had stepped in to demand repairs from a property management company officials deemed …

Segregation solutions?

December 20th, 2018


We’ve spent our entire year dissecting the intersection of race and housing. Which of course has meant taking a pretty critical look at the deeply destructive patterns of segregation in St. Louis. And listening this …

House Party!

December 6th, 2018


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 …

Gentrification at a Midwestern pace

November 22nd, 2018


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 …

Trying to make a way for upward mobility

November 8th, 2018


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 …

The present day of public housing’s past

October 25th, 2018


The specter of Pruitt-Igoe still looms over St. Louis. The massive 1950s era public housing complex suffered under disinvestment and bad public …

Real estate Redemption

October 11th, 2018


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 …

Nuisance, or nonsense? (Part 4)

September 27th, 2018


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 …

Nuisance, or nonsense? (Part 3)

September 13th, 2018


We’re interrupting our normal storytelling podcast schedule for...some breaking news. Earlier this season we brought you the story of Rosetta Watson, …

The Descendants

August 30th, 2018


*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 …

Update: Housing Defenders

August 16th, 2018


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 …

One House at a Time

August 2nd, 2018


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 …

I Live Here: Homes and the Stories they Hold

July 19th, 2018


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 …

Paved Over Histories

July 5th, 2018


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 …

Closed off in the Gateway City

June 21st, 2018


Spend time in St. Louis’ wealthy, old neighborhoods and you might notice something unusual. Amid all the splendor of ornate craftsmanship and …

The Segregation Myth-buster

June 7th, 2018


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 …

Housing Defenders

May 24th, 2018


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 …

Nuisance, or nonsense? (Part 2)

May 10th, 2018


Last episode, you heard about serious allegations against officials in Maplewood, Mo. Housing advocates say public nuisance laws in the leafy suburb …

Nuisance, or nonsense? (Part 1)

April 26th, 2018


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 …

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

April 13th, 2018


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

March 22nd, 2018


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 …

Bonus: Kehinde Wiley takes us to art church

March 2nd, 2018


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 …

Bonus: Out of the Ville Pt. 2

February 15th, 2018


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 …

Judgment Day

December 26th, 2017


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

December 12th, 2017


Sonny Liston, Frankie Freeman, Chuck Berry, Tina Turner, Dick Gregory: That’s just a handful of America’s black luminaries who called “The Ville” …

I Live Here 2017 - Part 2

November 28th, 2017


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 …

I Live Here 2017 - Part 1

November 14th, 2017


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 …

Revolution from Within

October 31st, 2017


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 …

White Flight and Reclaimed Memories

October 17th, 2017


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 …

T & K Time

October 3rd, 2017


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 …

Wage Whiplash

September 19th, 2017


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 …

The woke spectrum?

September 5th, 2017


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 …

Finding Art In Activism

August 22nd, 2017


Today’s show is all about choices. We’ll listen in as Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan, producers of the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Whose …

Hands up, Mics on

August 8th, 2017


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 …

So you think you're an ally?

July 25th, 2017


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 …

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

July 11th, 2017


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 …

Curious Mayor

June 27th, 2017


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 …

Jesus was black

June 13th, 2017


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 …

We're baaaaaaaaaack...almost

June 1st, 2017


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

January 23rd, 2017


We cap our second season by examining the ultimate system, one that can literally make the difference between life and death: the healthcare …

Black Girl Magic

January 9th, 2017


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 …

Museum Meltdown

December 12th, 2016


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)

November 28th, 2016


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 …

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

November 14th, 2016


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 …

Welcome to Club Democracy

October 31st, 2016


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 …

Changing the look of poverty

October 16th, 2016


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 …

Progress ... for who?

September 19th, 2016


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 …

I Live Here

July 25th, 2016


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 …

My America

July 11th, 2016


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

June 27th, 2016


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 …

Sectioned Off

June 12th, 2016


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. …

Homicide's Wake: A 360-view of the ripples a murder creates in the community

May 29th, 2016


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 …

Rhetoric vs. Reality: Which is winning post Ferguson?

May 16th, 2016


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, …

Declining but not dead: desegregation in St. Louis

May 1st, 2016


Despite the decades-long fight for school desegregation, America is, for the most part, still sending its white and black children to separate …

Suspended Futures - Digging into early grade suspensions

April 18th, 2016


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 …

Race, class and the burden of proof

April 4th, 2016


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 …

We Live Here: Happy Holidays! Let's talk about race and religion

December 21st, 2015


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 …

We Live Here: Treating gun violence as public health issue — easier said than done

December 7th, 2015


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?

November 23rd, 2015


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, …

We Live Here: Surviving school suspensions

November 9th, 2015


There is this term that gets thrown around in education circles that we felt needs some exploring. School to prison pipeline. It sounds like …

We Live Here: St. Louis educators share their stories of tackling race, bias and discipline

October 21st, 2015


Racial disparities are a huge topic in education. And Missouri schools — specifically those in the St. Louis area — have been singled out as having …

We Live Here: Funding Missouri's public schools comes down to one not-so-simple formula

October 5th, 2015


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 …

We Live Here: Race relations didn't keep me away from St. Louis; they brought me here

September 21st, 2015


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

August 24th, 2015


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

August 9th, 2015


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

July 28th, 2015


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 …

We Live Here: Caring about health in the face of toxic stress

July 27th, 2015


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 …

We Live Here: Segregation is ‘literally killing us,’ health researcher says

June 28th, 2015


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 …

We Live Here: Finding your way in society after years in prison

June 14th, 2015


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 31st, 2015


Even pleading guilty to a misdemeanor can come with some other penalties. These are called collateral consequences, and they're the focus of this …

We Live Here: Navigating the criminal justice system with a public defender as our guide

May 17th, 2015


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 3rd, 2015


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, …

We Live Here: Crime, cops and criminal justice -- a preview

April 20th, 2015


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 …

We Live Here: St. Louis’ coded conversation about race and class

April 5th, 2015


This episode of We Live Here is all about talking about race without actually talking about race.

We Live Here: Growing up apart

March 22nd, 2015


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 …

We Live Here: 90 cities, one road and a whole lot of laws

March 8th, 2015


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

February 27th, 2015


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 …

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