10 episodes

Gentrification is changing cities across America, forcing people from neighborhoods they have long called home. Call them the displaced. Now those priced out of the Bay Area are looking for a better life in an unlikely place. American Suburb follows this migration to one California town along the Delta, 45 miles from San Francisco. But is this once sleepy suburb ready for them? KQED’s Devin Katayama and Sandhya Dirks explore that question, taking us into the ordinary spaces of suburban life to find extraordinary stories about race, poverty and belonging.

American Suburb KQED

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    • 4.5, 125 Ratings

Gentrification is changing cities across America, forcing people from neighborhoods they have long called home. Call them the displaced. Now those priced out of the Bay Area are looking for a better life in an unlikely place. American Suburb follows this migration to one California town along the Delta, 45 miles from San Francisco. But is this once sleepy suburb ready for them? KQED’s Devin Katayama and Sandhya Dirks explore that question, taking us into the ordinary spaces of suburban life to find extraordinary stories about race, poverty and belonging.

    Chapter 0: Welcome to American Suburb

    Chapter 0: Welcome to American Suburb

    Gentrification is changing cities across America, forcing people from neighborhoods they have long called home. Call them the displaced. Now those priced out of the Bay Area are looking for a better life in an unlikely place. American Suburb follows this migration to one California town along the Delta, 45 miles from San Francisco. But is this once sleepy suburb ready for them?

    KQED’s Devin Katayama and Sandhya Dirks explore that question, taking us into the ordinary spaces of suburban life to find extraordinary stories about race, poverty and belonging.

    • 5 min
    Chapter 1: The Tipping Point

    Chapter 1: The Tipping Point

    A police chief in Antioch leads a team to investigate citizen complaints. But some say the complaints mostly target newer black residents. Across town, a lawyer is determined to bring down the Antioch Police Department, accusing them of ethnic cleansing. In between, neighbors are fighting neighbors over who can call this place home.

    • 43 min
    Chapter 2: Friday Night Lights

    Chapter 2: Friday Night Lights

    With the country’s No. 1 high school football recruit - Najee Harris - Principal Louie Rocha and the Antioch High School football team haven’t had it this good since 1978. It was a nearly all-white team then. It’s not that way anymore. And there have been racial tensions since the city started to change. Now, Rocha has a chance to change that. But only if he can bring the older generation back to cheer for a team that doesn’t look like them … on and off the field.

    • 23 min
    Chapter 3: How to Survive an Exodus

    Chapter 3: How to Survive an Exodus

    When African-Americans priced out of Bay Area cities like San Francisco, Fremont and Oakland move to suburban Antioch looking for better schools, more affordable homes and safer streets, they find a mixed blessing.

    When church is a refuge, it means either commuting on Sunday morning back to the cities they left behind, or creating new church in Antioch. This is the story of a migration to a new home, and three men’s search for sanctuary once they arrive.

    • 27 min
    Chapter 4: Make Great America Again

    Chapter 4: Make Great America Again

    A small group of Muslim families were meeting out of garages before they purchased an old dentist office for their new mosque. After the Islamic Center of the East Bay was torched in 2007, the group must decide whether to rebuild in Antioch or leave the city.

    • 24 min
    Chapter 5: How to Change Your Mind

    Chapter 5: How to Change Your Mind

    Iris Archuleta is the daughter of a Black Panther who grew up in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. She and her husband were part of the first wave of upper middle class African-Americans who moved to Antioch 20 years ago. This is the story of an unlikely alliance between Iris and the Antioch police. Both reject the single narrative here of “poor blacks” and the “inner city” moving out to Antioch. For them, Antioch is actually doing things right, if only their work wasn’t getting lost in a larger negative narrative about the town.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

Ajrennels81 ,

Great reporting and story telling

Wonderful podcast. They cover all points of view. Captivating story telling.

Vox Populi ,

American Suburb informs

In-depth and multifaceted, the show goes for a complete examination. Nobody else is doing this in-depth reporting on local and regional issues. Provides perspective that allows listeners to be much more aware of the antecedents to events they read about in the news.

Wayward Social Worker ,

A must listen!

Everyone should listen to this podcast. This is the story of gentrification, displaced urban communities vying for the American Dream in Antioch, a place where for long time residents their version of the American Dream was disappearing.

This is a California story that all of us in the Bay can relate to personally. This is a California story that is happening all over the United States. I hope they do Fairfield next.

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