More Than You Think

More Than You Think is an on air and online series exploring how diverse residents of the St. Louis region are linked together in a capacity that goes past race – whether it be religion, gender, sexual orientation, civic group, or neighborhood.

By exploring these linkages, we hope to shed light on regional race matters, news developments, and ongoing issues related to diversity and culture in the community.

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5:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Unloading The Recorder: Erin Williams Shares Her Thoughts After A Year In St. Louis

St. Louis Public Radio fellowship producer Erin Williams
St. Louis Public Radio

For the past year, St. Louis Public Radio producer Erin Williams has covered regional race matters, diversity and culture as part of an inaugural fellowship made possible, in part, by a grant from the Public Policy Research Center.

Her last day is today, October 18, 2013, and we wish her well as she continues her journalism career.

Williams' commentary about her one year in St. Louis as well as her conversation with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh appear below:

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Education
3:44 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Wash U., SLU Study Finds Physical, Mental Health Play 'Surprising' Role In High School Dropout Rates

(via Flickr/NWABR)

A multi-disciplinary study released today finds that in relation to school dropout rates, health plays a bigger role than one might think.

The study is part of ‘For The Sake of All,’ a five part series from Washington University and Saint Louis University that focuses on the health of African Americans in the St. Louis region.

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Cityscape
12:43 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

North City Farmers’ Market Starts Music Series To Attract More African American Shoppers

Fresh greens are available for purchase at the Market, as well as bread, sweets, and other items.
Erin Williams

The North City Farmers’ Market in St. Louis is in a neighborhood where the majority of its residents are African American.  It’s been a challenge, however, to attract more of them to the market every week.

Community organizers are attempting to change that. Their idea is to feature African American musicians with the hope that shoppers will follow.

Held on the 2700 block of North 14th Street every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the North City Farmers' Market will take place through October 12.     

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Arts & Culture
3:53 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

'It Is A Process' - Theater Veteran Linda Kennedy On The Career Of A Working Artist

Linda Kennedy, artistic associate over education and community programs for The Black Rep.
Credit Erin Williams

Linda Kennedy is the artistic associate over education and community programs for The Black Rep, which includes coordinating their annual Summer Performing Arts program for youth ages 8-17.

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Features
5:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Accreditation, Achievement, Outcome - What Dictates A Student's Success?

(Flickr/Claire Cook44)

School system performance is paramount for any family looking to move and start a family, as it was for Rob and Diane Pattershuk, when they moved to Ladue 20 years ago. 

They made a good choice – the district offers a several extracurricular activities, advanced placement classes, and was ranked as the top school in the state on this year’s Newsweek poll of America’s Best High Schools.

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Features
5:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

College Bound: Debate Champ and Valedictorian Headed To Princeton On Full Scholarship

Crockett after her high school graduation. The 17-year-old will attend Princeton University this fall on a full scholarship.
Credit Courtesy of College Bound

The school year may be over, but things are just getting started for 17-year-old Destiny Crockett. She graduated from Clyde C. Miller High School in St. Louis with a 4.1 GPA, finished in the top 16 of the Urban Debate League's national competition last month with her partner Cameron Smith, and will be attending Princeton in the fall on a full scholarship. 

Crockett will be the first graduate from her high school and the College Bound program to attend an Ivy League school.

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Cityscape
3:58 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Artist Kerry James Marshall Creates 'Garden of Delights' at CAM

From Kerry James Marshall's 'Garden Of Delights,' at the Contemporary Art Museum

Throughout his career, artist Kerry James Marshall has turned his environment into his muse, turning to the cultural and social landscape of America.

A native of Birmingham, at the age of seven, he moved from the South to the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.  He grew up there during the Civil Rights Movement.

Marshall now resides in Chicago and is known for creating series of works based on outdoor landscapes and the interactions of black people within them.

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Violence Prevention
4:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

St. Louis Initiative to Reduce Violence Focused On Community Support For Sustainability

Pastor B.T. Rice of New Horizon Christian Church speaks about the St. Louis Initiative to Reduce Violence, or SIRV. Rice, who is also chairman of police affairs for the St. Louis County branch of the NAACP created the initiative.
Credit Erin Williams

The St. Louis Initiative to Reduce Violence is a new effort for both the city and county to prevent wrongdoing in its tracks by starting at the source – neighborhoods and communities. The grassroots effort is incorporating a partnership of police officers and community leaders to curb wrongdoing by creating a more approachable relationship among youth and families.

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Culture/History
4:04 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Annual Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Event Celebrates 150th Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary

An excerpt of an Emancipation Proclamation transcript printed in the September 23, 1862 National Republican, Washington D.C.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

The Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing, on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, will be turned into a Civil War training camp tomorrow at the 11th annual Freedom Crossing Event Celebration.

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Business
3:38 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

'STL Can't Survive on $7.35' Campaign Continues With Rally At Jimmy John's

Olivia Roffle speaks with a woman about unfair employee treatment practices.
Erin Williams

Fast food workers and community supporters passed out flyers at Jimmy John’s in Soulard today in the continuing fight for better wages and the right to unionize as part of the STL Can’t Survive on 7.35 campaign.

The flyers were passed out in the parking lot of the restaurant around Noon and called for better managerial treatment and higher wages.

Olivia Roffle is a college student who works at another fast food restaurant. She says that if Jimmy John’s wants better service, then they need to create a welcoming environment.

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