127 episodes

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

We Live Here St. Louis Public Radio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 464 Ratings

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

    Embracing Your Crown

    Embracing Your Crown

    I wanted to hear from Black women in our region about what the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) act means to them and discuss their own personal journey with hair. In this episode we visit Frizz Fest 2021, hear from a beauty salon owner about the importance of individuality, and an African American history professor breaks down the history of Black hair.

    • 27 min
    Legacy of Love

    Legacy of Love

    This is the second of a two-part tribute to the late Dr. Jonathan Cedric Smith, whose commitment to cultural memory we shared in our most recent episode. In this episode, we’re handing over the mic to family, friends, and community members who were impacted by Jonathan’s passion for social justice and will be carrying forth the legacy of love that he left them.

    • 25 min
    Speak Their Names

    Speak Their Names

    This episode is the first of a two-part tribute to a man whose passion for social justice and cultural memory impacted hundreds of people in the St. Louis region: Dr. Jonathan Cedric Smith, who died this year on Juneteenth. Among many community roles, he served on the board of St. Louis Public Radio. Last year, Lauren and Jia Lian had the opportunity to interview Dr. Smith about his perspective as Co-Chair of the Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation Project. To introduce you to this project and Dr. Smith’s role in it, we speak with Marissanne Lewis-Thompson, afternoon newscaster and general assignment reporter at St. Louis Public Radio. Then, we travel back in time to share Jonathan’s own words about what the Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation Project meant to him. Finally, historian Dr. Kelly Schmidt will explain how Jonathan’s care for descendant communities shaped the project and his youngest brother, Jacques, will share how Jonathan’s passion for cultural memory, ancestry, and history began.

    • 29 min
    We Live Here: Wrap Up

    We Live Here: Wrap Up

    Jia and Lauren sit down in the studio for the first time since March 2020 to discuss reporting during the pandemic and how life has been for the past year. As they discuss personal trials and tribulations the We Live Here team is also excited about the new listener survey. Whether you are a long time listener, contributor, or community member we want your input. What do you enjoy, what can we do better, and what does We Live Here mean to you? Check out our new listener survey by visiting our website at welivehere.show/survey or check us out on social @weliveherestl on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

    • 20 min
    Indigenous Protectors of the Land

    Indigenous Protectors of the Land

    Throughout this season, we’ve shared stories of those living in unhealthy environments, how those environments came to be, and what we can do to create a better environment for the future. But in order to complete this series on the environment, we had to discuss land, the people who originated from that land and the movements to restore and give back to Indigenous people. In this episode, we hear from a PhD student working on a research project to combat Indigenous people's invisibility in the St. Louis region and a Director providing a space for students to learn about American Indian history and culture.

    • 36 min
    Bonus: A Conversation with Dr. Dorceta Taylor

    Bonus: A Conversation with Dr. Dorceta Taylor

    Throughout this season we have introduced you to small urban farmers, people working on the ground to change their environment, politicians working to pass environmental legislation, and more. But there are also many environmental scholars working to provide a space for Black environmentalists to thrive. That’s why we are introducing you to Dr. Dorceta Taylor, an author and professor at the Yale School for the Environment. In this episode, we hear about Dr. Taylor’s work in environmental studies, the contributions Black folks have made to the environmental justice movement, and the power community leaders have to transform the environments where they live.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
464 Ratings

464 Ratings

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I’ve been a faithful listener from across the river, and Boots to the Streets blew me away. This was extremely comprehensive, investigative reporting about an issue close to home, that I did not completely understand.

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O. W. L. ,

I hate change but...

I have been hooked on this pod from the beginning. Tim and Kameel did a great job of clearly providing contextualized history and the through line to the present. I didn’t think I could continue when the hosts changed , but have found that Jia Lian and Lauren are up to the task. Always informative, always thought provoking. The only problem is I wish for an episode a week!

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