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A Search for Answers: The Precious Lives Finale
“Are these really the answers we were looking for? I think no matter what answers or responses...
Breaking the Cycle of Violence
“I realize what I was doing -- I was putting a blanket over my shame and humiliation.”On June...
A Surgeon's Plea
“Is this kid really an infant? Are you kidding me?”This week a lead pediatric surgeon at...
The Next Chapter of Precious Lives
"Regardless of the audience demographic I can tell them something that they may not have thought...
An Urban Ministry
“I’ve heard preachers spiritualize [gun violence], um or never actually name what caused it....
Finding Justice -- and Purpose -- Amid Police Violence
“We need a voice, we need a stand. This is our chance.”After Sylville Smith was shot and killed...
Checking in with Carlton Dewindt over a year after losing his friend.
"I don’t want to plan ahead. Cause it’s expectations. You can let yourself down you, could let...
How Did We Get Here?
“We were making money in our neighborhood. A lot of people worked for black people -- didn't have...
Behind the Gun Violence Beat
“To be honest when I pitch the project to someone I’m interested in talking to and you say...
Running Towards a Second Chance
“At that time I was 16 the other two dudes I was with were 17. That's the only difference. [So] I...
Building Community After a Police-Involved Shooting
“If my son was getting pulled over with the frequency with which I got pulled over as a teenager...
“Uhh at that age, I was real disciplined. I had made out a regimen. Get up at 6 in the morning do...
The 'Fighting' Team Copes With a Teammate's Death
“It’s like a year come and then all the kids start texting, what are you doing for Gio one year...
The Crying Coach
“If you feel like, uhhh I could be killed or taken away at any time for nothing then your...
“He would want us all to step up and be the leaders that we can be.”On Thursday, September 8th,...
Programming Sherman Park
“Anything that's done now needs to be done by people from the streets who’ve been through...
Tragedy inspires a fight for universal background checks
“I think that's the best thing we can do to save lives. I think that's the first step we need...
The cost of saying goodbye
“It just it hits home. Because like I said my siblings have never left the area and I have...
Making Sense of the Weekend Unrest
“I think people are just angry and are acting out. And it’s not with words. And it’s not in...
Breaking the Foster Care to Prison Pipeline
“Foster care is a trauma event. Period.”Jermaine Reed is determined to make foster care a more...
Teens take on risk to stop violence in their neighborhood
“I never really knew my community because I’m in the house all the time. So when I first...
You’re a man fight through it.
“Before I was in denial like about stuff I thought I was untouchable... I was telling somebody...
Planting A Legacy for Za’layia
“Each year we want [the garden] just to grow, and grow and grow.... Her little body can’t grow...
“I think we're all affected from [gun violence], we're just affected in different adverse ways....
Chaplains apply natural disaster training to support families after homicide
“I parked around the corner so that I could have a moment. And I remember sitting in the car and...
Focused violence-prevention strategy relies on message from surviving moms.
Rosilyn Temple: “Step up. Change your circle. Your associates is the ones that’s killing...
The Live Show
“My brother was on his way home, robbed and shot several times, and within 12 hours his life was...
How Precious Lives composer scores personal stories
“For me I can hear a lot more in someone’s tone and cadence than even what they might be...
Preparing for a Career in Law Enforcement
“Wherever I’m policing all I know is I’m responsible for that community and their problems...
Fighting for the right to grow up
“I want it to stop being violent in this country. Well, I’m gonna have to be the president if...
A sentencing hearing
“It just seems like I’ve worked so hard to get nowhere.”On August 1, 2015 Glendale Police...
Unwavering love in the Sherman Park community
“I always think that the city wears its issues on its sleeve. And in the suburbs, it's harder to...
#069 Precious Lives: Changing the system from within
“I know technically we couch the work that youth workers do as youth development but I call it...
A Portal to Answers
“What is the point?...of you know, you going out and doing something so illegal and so pathetic...
Moms who carry concealed
“I was scared to even look at a gun until I knew I was one hundred percent better. So I feel...
Teacher uses bulletin board to link oppression and gun violence
“It’s really been very sad for me to kind of see that history. But love having conversations...
Through writing students learn that they have the right to dream
“Even at 29 you know to walk down a block in my neighborhood there’s still the thought of any...
A classroom tool for healing empowers students to help others
“I think one of the things that is really critical is always to ask people what they need. And...
Checking in with Isiah Johnson, Change takes time
“This is a disorder I have now of being paranoid. I’m paranoid. When it gets nighttime I get...
Young leaders propose restorative justice to tackle gun violence
“There are places in Milwaukee where this doesn’t directly affect people and that’s one of...
Firefighter copes with trauma of gun violence, compartmentalization is key
“You’re there to do it and there’s no one else. You have to get it done so, with our job...
Despite leadership changes, youth center remains safe haven for Riverwest, Harambee youth
“One of the things that we do really well that draws the kids in and keeps them there is we...
Robbery Trauma Leads Young Milwaukee Prosecutor to Leave Job to Heal
“After I was robbed it made me a lot better talking to victims and questioning victims. I knew...
When you’re vulnerable to family you’ll do anything for family
“You have a young man and he says he’s this, OK let him be that. You don’t have to change a...
Can a Haircut Prevent Youth Violence?
“A haircut you feel better, it’s transformative... You come in a barbershop one way. And you...
My son doesn’t have that street knowledge
“I understand that in this society, in this society, you got to know your child. He’s a...
Seeking stories behind the numbers
“Here’s where I always struggle, I struggle because we have so many good things in Milwaukee...
A teenage girl’s gun violence survival guide
“My house right here! They down the street, like three houses down, hiding they gun. Somebody...
Mayor remarks on plan for youth violence prevention
“Well it’s pretty straightforward there’s going to be a jobs component, there’s going to...
He’s more than a mentor, he’s my pops.
“And everything run in the family. Your family drug dealers and thugs, that’s all that’s...
“My son never was allowed to play with guns. He never got it for Christmas, anyone bought him a...
OUR COMPOSER'S YEAR END SONIC EXPERIENCE REVIEW
"I survived Milwaukee." Remixing the sounds and voices of our first year of Precious Lives...
Before He Pulled the Trigger
“He had told his mom the day of this incident that he didn’t want to live any more. Nobody...
Alternative school gives kids tools to stop fighting
“I like to fight, I’ve always fought. It let go of all of your anger. I felt really happy to...
Kids who fight in school need the most care
“Well, I mean that's so much a part of us, where we live, who we're around our environment. When...
The cost of a single bullet
“Who is bearing the cost of these actions, when these kids do actually make decisions. And you...
Promoting Peace, Not Youth Violence Prevention
This episode originally aired as Episode 33.When we first aired this story Fidel Verdin had a...
Life After Lockup
“That’s not really a society that I think anybody in the community wants, somebody returning...
Should Guns Be Allowed Inside Campus Buildings?
“Kremer pointed out that UWM is not a safe place… because it is in Milwaukee... is what the...
Hiring for Youth Violence Prevention
“But I just want to say this, this current budget proposal with this two positions for the youth...
A Church Moves from Prayer to Action to Prevent Youth Violence
“Probation is like the hardest thing I ever had to do. You might think it’s a joke but like...
How Milwaukee Faith Leaders Talk About Gun Violence
“While that served as a wake up call for him it also served as a wake up call for our...
Planting Seeds to Create Resilient Girls
“I know the whole neighborhood heard what happened in my house that night because it spills over...
Foundation for a Turnaround
“At the risk of sounding too simplistic, I don’t think this is something we can’t get our...
The Price of Doing the Right Thing
“I feel that I did do the right thing, I did the only thing. I had a choice to make and I made...
Meeting People Where They Are
“The men in our community need to see people that look like them, um amongst them, who have...
Prosecutor Works with Landlords to Stabilize Neighborhoods
“We can’t solve a crime problem by arresting and prosecuting everyone that's just not going to...
Not a Violent Kid, a Surviving Kid
At 15 Tyrone Williams was the youngest person in Wisconsin waived into adult court for a robbery...
Promoting Peace, Not Youth Violence Prevention
Amidst the various organizations, discussion panels and anti-gun summits to “end the violence”...
Landscaping to Renew Hope
After the loss of a loved one, we often see friends and family cope with makeshift memorials. Teddy...
What Young People Know About Guns
In Wisconsin, lots of kids get early exposure to guns. At outdoor stores you can get pint-size...
Milwaukee’s Leaders Respond to Minneapolis Blueprint
The airing of a Precious Lives story about the success of Minneapolis’ youth violence...
Can a Haircut Prevent Youth Violence?
Last week Precious Lives traveled to Minneapolis. We learned about the City’s Blueprint for...
Minneapolis Has a Plan to Keep Young People Safe
This week Precious Lives travels to Minneapolis to see how they’ve achieved a dramatic...
Few Places Left Where Milwaukee Teens Feel Safe
As Milwaukee mourns ten individuals lost to gun violence in seven days, family members Shateria...
First Responders to Trauma Need Coping Mechanisms Too
When watching the nightly news coverage of various shootings and violence in the city, it’s...
Milwaukee Police Visit Classrooms to Repair Community Relationships
Where there’s a lot of gun violence, there are a lot of cops. Milwaukee’s police Chief Edward...
Trauma Training Makes Way for Learning
When we lose someone in Milwaukee to gun violence, there’s a radiating impact. Take 5 year old...
The Shooting at the Vigil
Vigils are meant to offer solidarity and comfort to grieving people, a pause from the chaos of...
Common Council Invests in Neighbors to Interrupt Violence
When you think of the word Hood.. What comes to mind? Poverty? Drugs? Violence? For those who...
What Makes People Prioritize Gun Violence Reduction?
State Assembly Representative Jonathan Brostoff and Milwaukee Alderman Ashanti Hamilton both grew...
The Trauma of Shooting a Teen in Self-Defense
Concealed carry holder and nurse, Victoria Davison-Adams shot a 15 year old in self-defense....
Homicide Prompts Neighborhood Peace, Not War
21 year old Raymond Harris, also known as Lil’ Ray, was fatally shot near an orchard managed by...
How do you measure the loss of a 5 year old girl? Revisited
Originally aired the week of 1/12/15 The first Precious Lives story remembered five year old...
Radio Show Host Helps Heal a Community Affected by Gun Violence
Internet radio show host Homer Blow is part of our Precious Lives radio team. Each week we bring...
New Discoveries Years After a Mother’s Suicide
Khary Penebaker volunteers with Everytown for Gun Safety and Mom’s Demand Action: groups that...
Building a Violence-Free Zone
Keyon Mitchell is a Youth Advisor in the Violence Free Zone Program, or VFZ. It’s a nationwide...
Violence Intervention Starts in the ER
Jermaine works for Project Ujima – a children’s hospital violence intervention program. It...
Provide Love Now to Avoid Lock-Up Later
The first half of 2015 has been an exciting time for leaders at Milwaukee’s Sojourner Family...
Reporter’s Notebook with Emily Forman
We’re more than two months into our Precious Lives project to examine the issue of gun...
A Look at Life, Death & Homicide at a Milwaukee Funeral Home
New Pitts Mortuary owner Michelle Pitts has seen how the odds are against black males when it...
The Thao Family’s Immigration Story
Somboon Thao and his family escaped a repressive life in Laos to start better one in the United...
Getting a House Back to a Home
Latoshia Stewart tries to feel whole again after the murder of her daughter. In December 2010,...
Like Father, Like Son
Each time Rev. Fuller helps to restore a family, he feels that just maybe his own sons did not...
Breaking Ground to Break the Cycle of Violence
Will a new center for domestic violence victims reduce the likelihood that a kid or teen will...
Virtually Mourning Darius Simmons
16-year-old Pierre Johnson has lost 3 close friends to gun violence in the past 2 years. Facebook...
Anthony Barksdale returns to Marcus DeBack for the first time in 20 years. The last time he was...
But I Couldn’t Fix Him…
As a pediatric nurse Lisa heals people all of the time, but twenty years ago she couldn’t heal...
More Than a Teacher
An art teacher changes her lesson plan to personalized guns after many of her students mourn the...
History Repeating Itself
The recent shooting of 5 year old Laylah Petersen snapped Betzy Torres back to the day she was...
How Do You Measure the Loss of a Five-Year-Old Girl?
Laylah Petersen’s mother, Ashley Fogl, and close family friend, Amanda Legler, express their...