135 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 • 469 Ratings

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

    We Live Here Auténtico! | Legacy, Community and Birria. For Tacos La Jefa...It's in the Sauce

    We Live Here Auténtico! | Legacy, Community and Birria. For Tacos La Jefa...It's in the Sauce

    [WLHA 004]: We Live Here Auténtico! | Legacy, Community and Birria. For Tacos La Jefa…It's in the Sauce

    Today we are taking you on a delicious culinary journey to Tacos La Jefa in the heart of Dutchtown in St. Louis! Only sold on Saturdays, their delicious Birria and Quesabirria sell out EVERYTIME.

    Birria is a dish you cannot rush. It is a Mexican meaty stew from the state of Jalisco. The Quesabirria is a crunchy quesadilla with melted cheese and filled with hot, tender, juicy Birria meat that has been stained red by the chiles and spices that give it a deep, red color. Preparation is an extensive process so once they run out; they run out.

    This story begins with the matriarch of the Amezcua family – Heriberta Amezcua – also known as La Jefa, “the boss”. Heriberta’s legacy is celebrated every day at Tacos La Jefa. Her daughter, Elizabeth, walks us through the journey of opening the restaurant, a longtime dream of her mother. Her granddaughter, Diana is the gatekeeper of the delicious Birria recipe. So listen and enjoy this loving family and the impact “the boss” had on the family and on the community.

    • 21 min
    We Live Here Auténtico! | Emilia Serrano's Auténtica Unlocks Hollywood Gold

    We Live Here Auténtico! | Emilia Serrano's Auténtica Unlocks Hollywood Gold

    Latin TV writer, Emilia Serrano is no stranger to uncomfortable scenarios. She knows what it’s like to feel like a fish out of water and to struggle with internal identity crises as a first-generation daughter of immigrant parents. As a teenager, Emilia and her family moved from Union City, California to Troy, Missouri. The small, mid-western town was as unfamiliar to her as she was to it. She had only known the predominantly Spanish-speaking community of her youth. In California, she wasn’t diverse either. She grew up constantly surrounded only by Latinos and her family. It was a culture shock for her. Those experiences shaped her so profoundly that they became inspirational gold for America’s BIG Screen. Along the way, she would use those experiences as story points for humor or something that someone else could relate to and she's taken her stories all the way to Hollywood! “Sometimes all the crappy things and all your trauma can actually make you money down on paper”, she quips. “It was oftentimes such a struggle and culturally challenging, but then that's exactly what helps me write stories now.” Her time in America's Heartland and the nurturing influence of her community and family honed her skill as a “Son”-solid storyteller in her own right. Her dad (a mechanic) and her mom (a mariachi-singer) guided her to fight through tough battles and to find her voice. She is proud of her Mexican American culture and her authentic stories reflect her passion to see more inclusive onscreen characters who reflect the real people in her life and culture. And she’s winning! Emilia Serrano is co-executive producer of major network television shows like, Promised Land, Mixed*Ish and High School Musical - The Series. Emilia’s creativity and skills have attracted the attention of major production houses. She recently sold exclusive content to Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and for actress, producer and director, America Ferrera. In this episode: - What is code switching? - What inspires Emilia’s writing for the Silver Screen - Where she gets her captivating storytelling ability and learned how use her voice to command attention - The routine she employs when writing a feature - How our stories and experiences, as well as our traumas and challenges, shape who we are and the ways we navigate life - Ways Ranchera Music is much like Mariachi Music - Her mantra, “Stick to Your Truth”, and ways it gives her power - Challenges of leading positive change and shaping Latinx identity in the entertainment industry - How the wide popularity and consumption of Latino media translates to actual Latino representation (or not) - How representation in media contributes to visibility, identity, belief - Mistakes that Hollywood continues to make - Why she only works on Brown and Black shows - How to minimize stereo types, advance dialog and develop a layered story - What makes a good story? - What’s next for Emilia’s big hits Learn more: IG: @mexemilia Emiliaserrano.com

    • 23 min
    We Live Here Auténtico! | Carlos Glynias Restrepo | From Medellin to STL with Love...

    We Live Here Auténtico! | Carlos Glynias Restrepo | From Medellin to STL with Love...

    Whether you love St. Louis or you need a reminder of its greatness, join Carlos Restrepo and explore our region through his eyes/experiences.

    From Medellin Colombia to St. Louis, Missouri, Carlos knew at a young age he would be living in St. Louis someday, through the pages of a picture book, he first saw the landscapes of our region. He shares with you his reaction while living here and how he ended up in Marshall, Missouri.

    Colombian-born, Carlos Glynias Restrepo, is a bilingual marketing and communications professional, with a career background specializing in international business, journalism, digital marketing, and public relations. A native from Colombia, Restrepo’s experiences as a Spanish-speaking immigrant have strengthened and widened the communication tools at his disposal, helping him understand the complex issues of navigating multiple cultures when delivering a message, whether electronically, in print, video or audio. Restrepo holds a bachelor’s degree in global journalism from Webster University, a master’s degree in international business from Saint Louis University, and is a proud graduate of the class of 2017 of the Hispanic Leadership Institute.

    • 28 min
    We Live Here Auténtico! | Kendall Martinez-Wright | Trans, Triumphant and Trying...

    We Live Here Auténtico! | Kendall Martinez-Wright | Trans, Triumphant and Trying...

    When we advocate for one community, we uplift the voices of other communities.

    Kendall Martinez-Wright is an Afro-Puerto Rican transgender woman advocating for transgender rights in the Missouri Legislature. Amidst nationwide transphobic legislation in 2021, Kendall ran a historic campaign for Missouri's Fifth District. She has a long career in advocacy, politics and legislative work. The campaign's website was admitted to the Library of Congress, as she became the first Afro-Puerto Rican transgender woman to run for Missouri’s House of Representatives.

    In this episode you’ll discover:


    What challenges Kendall faced around identity, “Am I being Latina enough?”
    What drives her advocacy to bring a more just environment to the LGBTQIA+ community in Missouri
    More about Kendall’s historic campaign, her interest in getting involved in politics and what drove her to end her quest for the capitol seat


    You can find Kendall on twitter at @KendallKaniMW

    • 23 min
    BONUS: A Conversation with Ben Jealous

    BONUS: A Conversation with Ben Jealous

    For years, Black people have been working on the ground and behind the scenes to create a better world for the next generation. We have seen a number of great activists over the years who challenged the status quo and promoted a more equitable society. I sat down with Ben Jealous, President of People for the American Way, a progressive advocacy organization created to fight extremism and restore democracy. In this episode we hear from Ben about the changing landscape of activism work, his excitement for events to engage with communities, and the legacy he wants to leave behind.

    • 18 min
    Through Our Eyes: Black Journalists Covering Race, Identity & Culture

    Through Our Eyes: Black Journalists Covering Race, Identity & Culture

    Seldom are Black journalists allowed the opportunity to tell their own stories. In this episode local Black journalists share personal experiences about reporting on stories while living with the very same realities of the communities they serve. 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
469 Ratings

469 Ratings

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Great Content

I’m in full support of podcast with real stories. This is a wonderful addition to STL Public Radio and the NPR family. -Queen

Geneva L. ,

Wonderful Podcast

This podcast is unique and needed--We Live Here gives life and underrepresentated, or even preciously unspoken, accounts of life in St. Louis and Missouri, past, present, and (a hopeful) future. There are stories being told here that aren't being told anywhere else, in an engaging and educational manner. We Live Here celebrates our home while challenging it to do better through a social justice lens, and it gives a newer, richer meaning to "Here" for listeners who Live Here.

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Boots to the Streets

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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