Gateway Moments: Live from St. Louis

Live in St. Louis

August Jennewein (UMSL)

June 11, 2017

We’ve all had them—the big, significant, transformations that take your life in a new direction. And even though those gateway moments present new and exciting opportunities, they are almost always by definition uncomfortable. 
 
This hour, in partnership with St. Louis Public Radio, To The Best Of Our Knowledge explores various examples of crossing over, to racial understanding, to recovery and to greater unity and love.
 

  1. A City of Gates That Do Not Swing Wide

    A gate is an opening. A threshold. An entrance. But a gate is also an exit. And a gate can be a barrier. It’s one of the oldest and most powerful symbols in the world for transformation. So what is it like to live in a city with a giant arch—a gate—at its heart? Writer Edward McPherson offers this meditation on the enduring symbolism of living in the shadow of the Gateway Arch.

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  2. Adventures on the Woke Spectrum

    Talking about racism—about structured, systemic inequality—is hard. But those conversations can be gateway moments. They can lead to change, a fact that podcasters Kameel Stanley and Tim Lloyd know all too well. They told Charles Monroe Kane about the professional and personal transformation that resulted from co-hosting St. Louis Public Radio’s podcast about race and class, “We Live Here.”

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  3. Shadowball

    Storyteller Bobby Norfolk shares an excerpt from his one-man play, "Shadowball," about the Negro League’s two iconic players—James “Cool Papa” Bell and Satchel Paige.

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  4. The Last Game I Make Before I Die

    After game developer Sam Coster was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 23, he, along with his brothers Seth and Adam, channeled their energy into an ambitious game that’d forever change their lives.

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  5. Beatboxing With My Dad

    Father-daughter beatboxers Nicole Paris and Ed Cage showcase their incredible vocal talent and tell Charles Monroe-Kane how it started with a bedtime ritual.

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  6. Black At Home, White At Work

    By day, Bob Hansman's an architecture professor at an elite university. But he calls St. Louis’ inner city home, where he lives among the largely black community that welcomed him. 

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