From Project Catapult: ‘We Live Here’
This is part of a series that looks at the shows in Project Catapult’s first cohort.
We Live Here hosts Kameel Stanley and Tim Lloyd describe their podcast as telling stories of race, power and class for people somewhere on the “woke” spectrum.
“That can be people who need to hear non-white voices and POC stories in a way that makes them feel validated, connected and ready to have a positive impact on their community,” Lloyd said. “It also often is people eager to understand how race and class affect us all in a way that makes them feel challenged but not unwelcome.”
The idea for the podcast was born in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, spurring the Black Lives Matter movement and a national conversation about race.
“We’re not out to solve society’s race problem,” Lloyd said. “We’re not doing anything special by talking about race and class. These are conversations happening every day, all the time, throughout the country. But, they often happen in silos, with coded language and with huge gaps in cultural competency.”
We Live Here’s team, producers from St. Louis Public Radio, seeks to turn these coded conversations into a frank, open dialogue about inequities in American society through innovative storytelling methods — including quizzes, like the one featured on a recent episode, “So you think you’re an ally?”
We Live Here launched its third season in June, following the conclusion of the team’s participation in the first cohort of Project Catapult from PRX and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Moving forward, Lloyd and Stanley say they want to produce episodes more frequently and dig deeper into events. After participating in Project Catapult, they’re focused more on their audience, now, too.
“Catapult really freed us creatively and made us comfortable with taking more risks with the show,” Lloyd said.
And, like the team from Out of the Blocks, Lloyd and Stanley say the relationships they formed with other podcasters in their Project Catapult cohort were invaluable to them.
“It really feels like we developed a little community of diverse podcast makers from across the country,” Lloyd said. “And aside from being personally very important, hopefully those relationships will help us make new shows, in new ways, well into the future.”