2019 - Kaleidoscope Award
Small/Large Market Radio
Nuisance or Nonsense, from the We Live Here podcast
For more than three years and across nearly 80 episodes, the We Live Here podcast from St. Louis Public Radio and PRX has harnessed the power of personal narratives to shed light on systemic racism in St. Louis, Missouri. Born out of the unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, the podcast represents St. Louis Public Radio’s lasting commitment to covering diverse communities beyond episodic flashpoints.
The reach of We Live Here continues to extend outside the bounds of traditional audio journalism. Local government agencies now use episodes in mandatory equity training, professors have added episodes to their curriculum and some listeners have said they even use episodes as part of their self-care.
“Nuisance or Nonsense” exemplifies how the producers of We Live Here create episodes on continued racial disparities that are specific and deep. The episode is the first of four that examine allegations that the St. Louis suburb of Maplewood was using its nuisance ordinance in a way that illegally discriminated against victims of domestic abuse, people of color and the disabled.