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Ghetto Life 101 by LeAlan Jones

Ghetto Life 101

by LeAlan Jones


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1 Hr. 12 Min.


In March, 1993, LeAlan Jones, 13, and Lloyd Newman, 14, collaborated with public radio producer David Isay to produce the radio documentary Ghetto Life 101, the audio diaries of two young boys growing up on Chicago's South Side. The boys taped for 10 days, walking listeners through their daily lives: to school, to an overpass to throw rocks at cars, to a bus ride that takes them out of the ghetto, and to friends and family members in the community. The candor in Jones and Newman's diaries smacked listeners with a portrait of poverty and danger and their effects on childhood in one of Chicago's worst housing projects. Like Vietnam War veterans in the bodies of teenagers, Jones and Newman described the bitter truth about the sounds of machine guns at night, and the effects of a thriving drug world on a community.
A little more than a year later, LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman teamed up as reporters again to cover the death of one of their neighbors, 5 year-old Eric Morse who was thrown from the 14th story window of the same Chicago housing project by two other boys, aged 10 and 11, in October 1994. Jones and Newman spent a year reporting on the case, interviewing everyone from Eric's mother, Toni Morse (in the only interview she's granted to the press), to Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros, to the father of one of the assailants (at the Jacksonville Correctional Facility where he's serving an 8-year sentence for aggravated battery). The result is Remorse: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse.
Ghetto Life 101 and Remorse: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse first aired on National Public RadioĀ®'s All Things Considered and have won nearly all of the major awards in American broadcasting.

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