Precious Lives

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? Explore the impact of gun violence on the community at large.

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Trace Matabele

Trace Matabele was teaching art in northwest Milwaukee when a student burst into tears. 

Emily Forman

Betzy Torres was five when she was shot in her home on her mother’s lap. 

Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Laylah Christiauna Petersen was a granddaughter, a daughter, a sister, a niece, a classmate and a best friend. Now she’s another face of gun deaths in Milwaukee.

Michelle Maternowski

Over the course of two years and 100 stories, Precious Lives will focus on gun violence and children in the Milwaukee area.