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Relive "I Live Here," Our Summer Storytelling Event

Event graphic- I Live Here
Susannah Lohr
St. Louis Public Radio

We Live Here has spent just over a year gathering and telling stories about people in the St. Louis region dealing with issues of race, class, poverty and power.

This summer, we handed the microphones over to the community.

We teamed up with local storytelling group Second Tuesdays and the nonprofit UrbArts for a night of storytelling on July 12 at UrbArts.

This week's podcast gives you a taste of some of the stories, and we've embedded audio below.

We've also included a little about each storyteller and their story.

Sunni Hutton

Sunni Hutton at Second Tuesdays: I LIVE HERE

Cheryl Gunnell

Listen to Cheryl's story here
Cheryl Gunnell

“My imagination filled my world with great, cool people and wonderful adventures. I dreamed of sharing my stories, but I was afraid no one would like them.”
Cheryl Gunnell

Maureen Hanlon

Listen to Maureen's story here

“The only thing I know for sure, is that he told him to wait outside until a white girl in a red car pulled up. And he said it was his teacher. And he said his teacher was going to be scared if he didn’t show up. And he said his teacher was going to be worried. And he said he had to go, his neighbor had to go and tell me, he was sorry.”
Maureen Hanlon

Darian Wigfall

Listen to Darian's story here

“Even though as a trained scientist I’ve learned to debunk all of this oppression training as I grew up, I still find myself asking that same question: What is black?”
Darian Wigfall

Pacia Anderson

Listen to Pacia's story here

“I go in and there’s like a full band, and there’s all this guitar and there’s violinists...white kids with floor length dreadlocks, black kids with purple hair. And I’m like what the f--- is this? It was great!"
Pacia Anderson

Sahara Scott

Listen to Sahara's story here

“I learned to dance and live fearlessly. It was people in St. Louis that made me feel this sense of home. Because it’s the people, not about where you are. It’s you guys, here. Now. And that’s beautiful.”
Sahara Scott

Harlan Hodge

Harlan Hodge at Second Tuesdays: I LIVE HERE

Marilyn Sue Warren

Marilyn Sue Warren at Second Tuesdays: I LIVE HERE

Kameel Stanley co-hosted and co-produced the We Live Here podcast—covering race, class, power, and poverty in the St. Louis Region—from 2015 to 2018.
Tim Lloyd was a founding host of We Live Here from 2015 to 2018 and was the Senior Producer of On Demand and Content Partnerships until Spring of 2020.

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