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We Live Here
We Live Here

“We Live Here” is a podcast that shares stories about race and class from St. Louis and beyond. Episodes range from investigative accountability pieces to story-based reflections with a focus on everyday people interested in racial equity.

Latest Episodes
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • More recently in St. Louis black-led efforts like STL Lunch and the Hands Up United Books and Breakfast program have recognized that food access is a racial equity issue and the need that arises especially when school is out of session for summer.
  • The city of St. Louis made national headlines when its first 12 recorded deaths from COVID-19 were black. The peak of the first wave of cases expected to hit around the same day this episode is being released, which is why we wanted to better understand how the outbreak is touching the lives of black St. Louisans.
  • In this episode, we wanted to take some time to share two interconnected and inspiring stories about healing and community in the face of xenophobia and COVID-19.
  • States across the country have announced shelter-in-place orders but for many, that is not an option. The challenge for St. Louis and elsewhere is how to curb the spread of the coronavirus among people who are unhoused.
  • We wanted to understand how anti-Asian xenophobia has impacted Asian Americans and Asian American-owned small businesses here in St. Louis.
  • The shift to online learning for many schools can also reveal the deep economic and racial inequities that characterize schools in our hometown and yours.
  • We’ll be putting a racial and economic equity lens on the outbreak of COVID-19… and recovery from it. We don’t know how this is going to play out, but what seems certain is that this crisis will hit those with the least in our society the hardest.

The Team

Jia Lian Yang

Host & Lead Producer

Jia Lian Yang holds both a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. She is the co-founder of the St. Louis-based Who Raised You? podcast, which explores culture and family with a focus on stories from people of color. The show won the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ 2018 stARTup competition and in 2019, St. Louis Magazine’s editors named it the best local podcast. Previously, Jia served as the Public Programs Manager at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

Lauren Brown

Host & Producer

Lauren Brown is a 2019 graduate of The University of Missouri where she studied Journalism and Social Justice. At Mizzou, Lauren was a host and producer at KBIA 91.3fm an NPR affiliate and an outreach team member for the Columbia Missourian. Lauren was the host and producer of an APM Reports documentary, Black At Mizzou: Confronting race on campus which aired on August 14, 2020.

See Past Contributors


2020 Media Award, Empowering Missouri - St. Louis

2020 - Empower Missouri Media Award

RTDNA Kaleidoscope Award

2019 - Kaleidoscope Award

2018 - Excellence in Poverty Journalism - Audio/Visual

2020 - Empower Missouri Media Award

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We Live Here is a co-production of St. Louis Public Radio and PRX, funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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