We Live Here

A podcast about race and class ... for people somewhere on the woke spectrum
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Jul 11, 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 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.

Jun 27, 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 we take that question to woman who wants the same, and just so happens to have recently come into a considerable amount of power.

Jun 13, 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 white congregation rethink what Jesus looked like.

Jun 1, 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 :)

Jan 23, 2017

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. 

Jan 9, 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 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. 

Dec 12, 2016

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

Nov 28, 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 week's episode and bring you a big update – on the people and policy changes that've happened in since then. 

Nov 14, 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 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 story of one man's ambitious plan to build a more racially inclusive tech scene from the ground up.


Oct 31, 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 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. 

Oct 16, 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 serious health problems,  not to mention stress associated with poverty. So what happens when you try to make sure being poor doesn’t means a life surrounded by decay? On this episode, we bringing you three very different stories about people with a common goal -- changing the look of poverty.

Oct 3, 2016

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 and opportunities for all of its 300 students. What does it take to do this? We try to find out

Sep 19, 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 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.


Jul 25, 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

Jul 11, 2016

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

Jun 27, 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 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. 

Jun 12, 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. 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.

May 29, 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 a family, to a neighborhood, and you follow the wake of  each homicide, the ripples get wider and wider.

May 16, 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, veteran political reporter Jason Rosenbaum, who's covered the story the entire time, gives us a retrospective look at the last two years and talks about what may come next.

May 1, 2016

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, St. Louis is home to the longest running formal desegregation program in the country. In the latest podcast, we take you through its past, present, and experts' best guess for the future.

Apr 18, 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 out, they’re kicked out of class. But the black kids get kicked out of school. We also take a look at what other cities and states are doing about suspensions

Apr 4, 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 narrative of St. Louis lawyer Thomas Harvey, who confronted his own difficulties believing poor people and black people.

Dec 21, 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 and...
Dec 7, 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...
Nov 23, 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, of...
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