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53206, located in the inner city of Milwaukee, is the poorest zip code in the state of Wisconsin. 99.2% of residents are non-white and the median household income is $24,000. Meg and Alex talk about what they have learned over the last 15 years from living in a place that is very different than the suburbs they grew up in. Each episode typically covers thoughts on education, social justice, and the normalization of inequities they see on a daily basis.

Join Meg & Alex as we rethink our inner cities together

53206 Cast Meg and Alex Bruzan

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 14 Ratings

53206, located in the inner city of Milwaukee, is the poorest zip code in the state of Wisconsin. 99.2% of residents are non-white and the median household income is $24,000. Meg and Alex talk about what they have learned over the last 15 years from living in a place that is very different than the suburbs they grew up in. Each episode typically covers thoughts on education, social justice, and the normalization of inequities they see on a daily basis.

Join Meg & Alex as we rethink our inner cities together

    Rifling Through The Junk Drawer Looking For A Flashlight

    Rifling Through The Junk Drawer Looking For A Flashlight

    Need is everywhere. In 53206 the needs are pervasive, but meeting those needs in the moment they prevent themselves can be the challenge. On this week's episode of the 53206 Cast, Meg and Alex share an example of attempting to meet a need, a need which highlights the disparity in resources found in our inner cities. 

    • 23 min
    Is Living In A Poor Neighborhood Really A Bad Thing?

    Is Living In A Poor Neighborhood Really A Bad Thing?

    On this episode of the 53206 cast, the two continue the conversation around poverty and give some context around debunking the idea that living in poor neighborhood is a bad thing. Meg and Alex also share some exciting news about the 53206 podcasting community - www.podmke.com. 

    • 26 min
    Episode 54: A Thesis for Inner City Change

    Episode 54: A Thesis for Inner City Change

    Meg and Alex talk through the design thinking process and three areas needing change for the inner city.

    • 37 min
    Something Great About Living In The Inner City

    Something Great About Living In The Inner City

    There's a ton of pain and tragedy in the inner city, but part of rethinking these spaces is seeing the positives of life here. On this episode of the 53206 Cast, Meg and Alex talk through one positive aspect of living in the poorest zip code in Wisconsin. 

    • 24 min
    Stealing Cars

    Stealing Cars

    When a child commits a crime, it's easy to blame the kid. It's easy to blame the parent. But that doesn't lead anywhere productive, because nothing ever changes. On this episode of the 53206 Cast, Meg and Alex give a different take in an attempt to create actual change.

    • 26 min
    Little League

    Little League

    Meg and Alex are back for season 2 of the 53206 Cast. On this episode, the duo breaks down some wild events they witnessed during their son's little league baseball game. From drug use to car crashes, the inner city never fails to provide interesting interesting life experiences. 

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Mama2be33 ,

Honest and hard conversations

I'm enjoying the new perspectives presented in this podcast. Every time I listen I listen with my teen son we have great conversations about how people experience life differently based on race, income levels etc. I particularly love the raw honesty. This couple doesn't pretend to know it all, but rather invites you to grow in your understanding along side them.

AshleyEFrahm ,

Normal people talking about real life things

If you like listening to normal people talking about real life things then you will love this podcast. Each episode asks the listener to imagine what it might be like to be black and poor in America today. I find it fascinating to learn about their neighborhood and how their own experiences have helped shape and change their opinions over the years. Alex and Megs conversations about socio-economical and racial injustice truly challenge me to think through my own biases and encourage me to gain more empathy. Well done guys!

Bonesv2447 ,

Just good stuff

Alex and Meg open up their home to talk about race and equity, and they have the bonafides to back up what they say. I appreciate their honesty and openness to talk about the reality of poverty and how they frame their neighborhood through their experiences.

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