Rosetta Watson moved to Maplewood, Mo. to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend. But when he found her -- and subsequently beat her up -- Watson called for help. But this kept happening, and town officials took notice. Eventually, they told Watson the police service calls to her home constituted a public nuisance, and as punishment, they kicked her out of town. Watson is now suing the city in federal courts, and she has the backing of local and national legal and housing advocates. Hear her story in the latest episode of We Live Here.

Rosetta Watson moved to Maplewood, Mo. to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend. But when he found her -- and subsequently beat her up -- Watson called for help. But this kept happening, and town officials took notice. Eventually, they told Watson the police service calls to her home constituted a public nuisance, and as punishment, they kicked her out of town. Watson is now suing the city in federal courts, and she has the backing of local and national legal and housing advocates. Hear her story in the latest episode of We Live Here.

When you talk to folks in St. Louis, it doesn’t take long for them to ask you if you know about the “Delmar Divide.” Delmar Boulevard is a street that runs east to west and splits the city demographically. On one side, the racial makeup is more than 95 percent African-American and mostly low-income. On the other, you’ll find a community that’s more than 70 percent white and firmly middle class.

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 was designed to help integrate neighborhoods across the nation. Fifty years later, most major cities are still made up of segregated pockets like in St. Louis.

The podcast “We Live Here” from PRX and St. Louis Public Radio explores how race and class play into which neighborhoods people wind up in. We speak with the hosts and an expert on fair housing about what laws are in place today to effectively protect homeowners and renters from discrimination.

Guests

  • Kameel Stanley Co-producer and host of the podcast "We Live Here"
  • Tim Lloyd Co-producer and host of the podcast "We Live Here"
  • Sheryll Cashin Professor of law at Georgetown University; former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and adviser to the Clinton administration; author of "Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America" and "Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy"

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