Urban Gun Violence

Urban Gun Violence

Kojo gets a local and national perspective on underlying causes of youth violence.

A recent surge in gun violence has left many residents across the Washington region wondering how and why disputes involving young people spiral into deadly confrontations. Kojo gets a local and national perspective on underlying causes of youth violence.

Guests

Ben Calhoun

reporter, This American Life;

Charlie Whitaker

CEO and founder, Career Path DC

Delbert McFadden

outreach coordinator, Columbia Heights Shaw Family Support Collaborative

This American Life: Harper High School

A two-part series on Harper High School in Chicago, where 29 current and recent students were shot in 2012 alone. This American Life went to get a sense of what it means to live in the midst of all this gun violence, how teens and adults navigate a world of funerals and Homecoming dances. They found so many incredible and surprising stories.

  • Listen to Part One
  • Part two picks up where the story left off in the second hour from Harper High School in Chicago. Reporters find out if a shooting in the neighborhood will derail the school's Homecoming game and dance. They also hear the origin story of one of Harper's gangs. And, finally, ask a group of teenagers: where do you get your guns?

  • Listen to Part Two

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