Ghetto Life 101: Lealan Jones Speaks About War and the Radio Documentary He Made 10 Years Ago in Southside Chicago

April 18, 2003

Ten years ago LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman were given tape recorders and microphones and a little guidance on how to use the equipment.

They were two 14 year old boys from Chicago’s South Side Housing projects.

They captured life in and around the Chicago ghetto. With National Public Radio producer David Isay they put together two radio documentaries. Ghetto Life 101 was about the projects where they lived. Remorse: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse was an examination of the murder of a five-year-old who was dropped from the window of a building near LeAlan and Lloyd’s homes. For their work, the boys ended up winning broadcasting’s prestigious Peabody Award.

Today LeAlan Jones joins us in the studio to read his latest work on the war.

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