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Stories about kids, guns and how to stop the violence. Precious Lives, created by 371 Productions, is a 2-year, 100-part weekly radio series about gun violence and young people in the Milwaukee area. The series applies a public health lens to each story to help listeners understand the full scope of the problem: who are the victims and the shooters; how are the weapons obtained; and what can we change about the environment that contributes to violence in Milwaukee?

#093 Precious Lives: Behind the Gun Violence Beat

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Precious Lives producer Emily Forman

This is Precious Lives episode 93. We’re almost at our goal of telling 100 stories about gun violence and young people in Milwaukee. We’ve covered the family members who have lost loved ones, the activists fighting to make the city better, and the political leaders overseeing it all. Each week, we ask our interview subjects to be emotionally honest with us as we try to understand the problem of gun violence. This week, the microphones are turned on our reporters. Emily Forman and Aisha Turner produce the radio series, and Ashley Luthern writes companion pieces for the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel. This week, they let people in on what it’s like to cover this beat.

A quick note about the future: the media portion of Precious Lives is ending, but the conversation around gun violence will continue. Here’s how you can stay involved:

  • Get in touch if you’d like more information about the upcoming series of live shows
  • Keep sending your story pitches to Ashley Luthern
  • Please continue to follow coverage and send ideas to WUWM and WNOV
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