StitchCast Studio Special Edition: The Divided City
StitchCast Studio is a youth-led podcast series launched by Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective in 2019. Episodes are recorded and published on topics determined by youth of color from St. Louis: gun violence, racial divisions in St. Louis, public health and safety issues, compounding issues, and more.
StitchCast Studio Special Edition: The Divided City will produce and publish four 1 hour unique podcast episodes featuring African American youth, ages 16 to 24 years old, that live in neighborhoods with high crime and poverty rates in St. Louis. The conversations with Story Stitchers’ black youth will be led by Stitchers Youth Council co-chair Branden Lewis and will also feature African American humanities scholars, master storyteller Bobby Norfolk, filmmaker and Washington University alumnus, B.D. Architecture, Jun Bae, author and educator John A. Wright, Sowande’ Mustakeem, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Washington University, and LJ Punch, MD, President, Power4STL and an American Critical Care Surgeon.
The four unique conversations will bring historical context around recurring topics chosen by youth in the StitchCast Studio published podcasts, including: the culture of trauma caused by poverty and repeated exposure to violence amongst families of color in St. Louis, stories of disorientation and dislocation of black families, and the power of story as healer in black cultures through time. The series will be published through storystitchers.org on major podcast platforms.
This project is funded by The Divided City initiative. The Divided City is a joint project of the Center for the Humanities and the Sam Fox School, College of Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis. The Divided City is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
StitchCast Studio Special Edition: The Divided City publishing schedule:
- Understanding Trauma: February 5, 2021
- Trauma as Culture in Black Families: March 5, 2021
- Disorientation and Dislocation of Black Families: April 2, 2021
- Story as Healer in Black Culture: May 7, 2021
Youth who are 16-24 years old living in the St. Louis region may apply to participate as a podcaster in StitchCast Studio:
Adult professionals who would like to be added to the list of community experts utilized by youth as a resource for topic research or as podcast guests please email Emeara Burns, Story Stitchers Youth Program Director: Emeara@storstitchers.org