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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?

#098 Precious Lives: The Next Chapter

Michelle Maternowski
Damien Smith performing in Precious Lives: The Live Show at the Imagining America Conference in Milwaukee.

At the end of 2016, Precious Lives will shift gears. We’ll wrap up our radio series and focus on a traveling live show. The Precious Lives team will attempt to reach all corners of Milwaukee to harness diverse energies to combat the problem of gun violence.

Performers will bring their stories of gun violence directly into churches, schools, offices and so on.

We’ve tried this a few times already: most notably to a sold outaudience at the Pabst Theaterover the summer and recently at an event at the Rotary Club.

We’re aiming to do 25 shows throughout 2017.

Credit Michelle Maternowski
Khary Penebaker at the Imagining America Conference in Milwaukee performing in Precious Lives: The Live Show.

For this episode, Executive Producer Brad Lichtenstein talks with a few of the performers, Khary Penebaker and Damien Smith, about their experience sharing their stories, how their experiences change based on the crowd and what they hope different audiences will gain from the live shows.

If you’re interested in learning more or booking an event, please email our Engagement Director Paul Kjelland at paul@371productions.com.

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