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Message to Listeners

Hey everyone.

We’ve spent the past couple of months preparing for a season on the theme “Black on Campus.” But with efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, like many of you, we can no longer go on with “business as usual.”

We decided that now is not the time for a season about college campuses, especially when campuses are closed around the country. So we will be postponing the release of episodes about the black experience on college campuses until a later date.

Instead, we’ll be putting a racial and economic equity lens on the outbreak of COVID-19… and recovery from it. Like you, 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. And you’re going to be hearing a lot of phone conversations because just like you we’re practicing social distancing.

We want to hear your stories about how COVID-19 is affecting you, so send a voice memo to welivehere@stlpublicradio.org or you can call 314-516-5588 and leave a message.

We’ll be dropping episodes at least once a week starting March 26. And we’ll step up production from there if we need to, so keep an eye on your feed.

Be safe and be kind to each other.

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 this year, St. Louis Magazine’s editors named it the best local podcast.
Lauren Brown holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri where she also studied Social Justice. Lauren joined St. Louis Public Radio in June 2019 as an associate producer for the We Live Here podcast. In March 2020 she became the co-host and producer for We Live Here.