Making Media for the Common Good

  • Localore team

    Together with WUWM and with the support of AIR’s Localore: Finding America initiative, Eric Von and we are going to turn Precious Lives into a short live show to draw in more people to help solve our gun violence problem. We aim to perform it at corporate offices, communities of faith, schools — anywhere we can. And thanks to the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, we’ll have help “booking venues.” The new audiences we meet will become new voices to feature on the radio and expand the base of support for solutions.

    Check out the public media research and development initiative, LOCALORE: FINDING AMERICA and learn more about all 15 projects chosen from around the US.


    We are so thankful to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WUWM, The Wyncote, Ford and MacArthur Foundations, and AIR to make this possible.

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    —- Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff —-

    In case you missed it, our documentary Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff is screening in venues around Wisconsin. (See our trailer.)

    See our Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff page for upcoming screenings and more on the film. To organize a screening in your community, contact
    devon [at]

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    Hard Earned: Kartemquin Films six part series about Americans working low wage jobs

    Brad is one of several directors on a six-part television series about five hard-working Americans striving to keep their families fed, housed and healthy while dealing with the reality of high living expenses and low wages.  Scattered across the country, these families are struggling as our country’s working poor, for whom the American dream remains increasingly out of reach and bare survival is an everyday crisis.  Living day-to-day and week-to-week, these Americans work to escape the cycle of poverty and make something better of themselves and their families. Every paycheck received and each milestone reached is hard earned.

    You can follow our progress on our Facebook and Tumblr pages.

  • Precious Lives

    A weekly 2-year radio & podcast series

    Precious Lives is a  multi-part radio series and engagement campaign being produced in association with WUWM, WNOV, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and a wide range of community partners. The series will feature the stories of young people and gun violence. We apply a public health lens 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 animates violence in our city?

    Listen to our promo and first story.

  • jewish filmThe Last Jews of America tells the story of disappearing Jewish communities

    Last Jews takes the audience into the unknown world of small Jewish communities living on the verge of extinction. Over 1 million of America’s Jews are in small towns that once thrived but have seen their populations dwindle as children leave for greener pastures in bigger cities. Exploring the themes of faith and community in the 21st century, our film takes you to Butte, Montana, Laredo, Texas, and Latrobe, Pennsylvania where you are sure to ask “there are Jews there?”

    Take a peek behind the scenes by following our Facebook and Tumblr pages.