Shalon Gates has been homeschooling her four kids off and on for more than a decade in Ferguson. Academically, all of her kids are thriving in her classroom. But some of her kids are ready to close this chapter for good. -- We're proud to bring you this guest podcast: the third and final episode of "Doin' It Our Way" with STLPR's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson. To listen to all "Doin' It Our Way" episodes right now, search for the podcast on this podcast platform.
Shock and sadness follow the announcement that 2 Catholic high schools will close
Rosati-Kain High School and St. Mary's High School in St. Louis are slated for closure at the end of the school year. The announcement from St. Louis Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski stunned many in the community. In this episode, we talk with STLPR reporter Kate Grumke about this news and efforts by some to keep the schools open.
Cultivating a village to support young Black men and boys in St. Louis
Black men and boys are often blamed for rising crime in St. Louis, including the current “Kia Boyz” trend linked to hundreds of car thefts in the region. But lack of resources is a key factor, says Sean Joe, founder and Principal Director of HomeGrown StL. Joe joins the show to discuss the need for greater support for young Black men and boys. We also hear from Kaelan Mayfield, a former worker at a juvenile detention facility, who shares his experience trying to help young people at risk for recidivism.
‘Cautionary Tales’ flips the script on classic Disney villains
Author Ridley Pearson has his name stamped in St. Louis’ Walk of Fame, but his imagination soars when it comes to Disney villains. Ridley discusses his latest book, “Cautionary Tales,” a collection of scary stories featuring the baddest, most evil personalities from the Disney canon — and in ways even the biggest Disney fans won’t expect.
Episode 2: 'Doin' It Our Way'
Miquilaue Young always intended to home-school her seven kids. More than a decade into her home-schooling journey, the kids are fully immersed in their tailor-made school experience. It’s something Miquilaue wishes she had. -- We're proud to bring you this guest podcast: the second episode of "Doin' It Our Way" with STLPR's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson. To listen to all "Doin' It Our Way" episodes right now, search for the podcast on this podcast platform.