100 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, 426 Ratings

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

    Uprising: Black Mental Health

    Uprising: Black Mental Health

    Fighting for Black lives isn’t new and some say that this uprising isn’t new either. It’s a familiar fight that Black people have been fighting for centuries. The difference is that now this fight is happening as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, especially within the African-American community. The pandemic, state violence, and racist attacks all have devastating physical consequences, but there is also a mental toll. In this episode, we hear from a Black healing practitioner and two Black psychologists about how the pandemic and the uprising are impacting the mental health of African-Americans and how Black people can maintain and promote their mental wellness during these stressful times.

    • 37 min
    Uprising: Valuing Black Businesses

    Uprising: Valuing Black Businesses

    Even though we are currently in a pandemic, the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, and more have led people to take to the streets. Protests and marches around the world have sparked a renewed uprising for Black lives and when looting and vandalism began to impact large chain stores and small Black businesses alike. Many began asking how can they support small Black businesses during this time and people began following campaigns such as #BuyBlack, #BankBlack, and #BlackoutDay2020 to uplift Black business and communities that have been devalued and poverty-stricken for years. In this episode we hear from two small Black business owners about what’s like to own a small business during this time and we ask an economic development specialist and a scholar of race and structural inequality about what’s at stake if we continue to devalue Black businesses in the midst of an uprising for Black lives and beyond.

    • 43 min
    Uprising Teaser

    Uprising Teaser

    We wanted to give you an inside look into our next season on how people are rising up for Black lives around the world because for every moment captured on the news, there are a series of decisions that led us here to a time when record numbers of people are discontent with the status quo. What decisions will lead us to a more racially equitable future that truly values Black lives? We want to hear from you-- so send us a message on Twitter or Instagram at WE LIVE HERE S-T-L or call ‪314-396-2953‬ and leave a message about why you’re rising up for Black lives and what you hope will happen next.

    • 1 min
    COVID-19: Refugees

    COVID-19: Refugees

    The pandemic has upended the lives of countless people across the world, but for refugees who fled their countries of origin to escape persecution based on race, religion, nationality, or ideology, COVID-19 makes it even harder to navigate healthcare, employment, education, and daily life. New restrictions on refugee resettlement and immigration add yet another layer of concern for people seeking a new life in the U.S. In this episode, we hear from a refugee who is a college student about what it’s like to learn and live through COVID-19 and we ask a social worker and an immigration attorney about what social support and legal services are needed by refugees through the pandemic and beyond.

    • 29 min
    COVID-19: Decarceration

    COVID-19: Decarceration

    Masks, social distancing, and diligent hand washing have become the new norm in the era of COVID-19. But for many, following CDC guidelines to prevent the spread is nearly impossible. That’s the case for people in jails, prisons, and detention facilities which are now understood to be major hotspots for the virus. And that’s why advocates, public health officials, and public defenders are calling for decarceration-- reducing the number of people held in jails, prisons, and detention facilities-- as a strategy to flatten the curve and prevent massive outbreaks among people who are already vulnerable to the virus. In this episode, we hear from decarceration advocates, the Director of the Missouri Public Defender system, and the Director of Public Safety for the City of St. Louis about what can be done to reduce the number of people held in jails, prisons, and detention facilities, what’s at stake for public health and public safety if no changes are made, and how courts and jails have shifted their operations during the pandemic.

    • 53 min
    COVID-19: Leading Equity

    COVID-19: Leading Equity

    The Ferguson uprising catalyzed conversations and sparked action around racial equity in the St. Louis region. In the following years we’ve seen the growth of new research, movements, and programs that center the experiences of Black people. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African Americans across the nation and in St. Louis raises a crucial question about how to work toward racial equity during a pandemic. In this episode, we talk to three Black leaders who’ve been centering racial equity in their work and learn their perspectives on investment, community health, and regional response during the pandemic.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
426 Ratings

426 Ratings

mearoxy ,

Fascinating and informative

I discovered this podcast shortly after my daughter moved to St. Louis, and I have learned a great deal about the city and the issues facing its citizens. I recommended it to my daughter, who plans to share it with her students as an interesting and accessible way to learn about the community in which they live.

Mesndblues679 ,

Horrible

Unlistenable. Don’t bother.

liljay49 ,

Great Content, Poor Editing

As a St. Louisan I was thrilled to discover this podcast. I have learned a lot listening to it! But I’ve never heard a podcast so poorly edited. There are repeated segments, and one episode ended abruptly as a guest was in the middle of a sentence. I hope those things improve because the content is worth putting out there.

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