Jacob Titus is a photographer and designer in South Bend, Indiana. In 2016 Jacob founded West.SB, a digital magazine and podcast giving voice to life in South Bend, and in 2019 he co-founded Tutt and Carroll, a creative studio, with Helen Cramer. He was and continues to be an early contributor to the Vested Interest re-development project. Previously, Jacob helped turn a vacant bowling alley into a community center.
This week we welcome Kathy Burnette to the podcast. Kathy is the owner of The Brain Lair, a bookstore in South Bend focused on developing empathy and building community with inclusive books. The store was recently included in The Oprah Magazine's "125 Black-Owned Bookstores in America That Amplify the Best in Literature" and next week is hosting a virtual event with Chasten Buttigieg to discuss his new book.Kathy's work is unique and it is vital to the life and growth of our city. A city our size in the American Midwest probably shouldn’t have a Brain Lair, but she has chosen to do this work here in South Bend.Until we're on the other side of the pandemic, you can find the store at brainlairbooks.com and on Twitter @brainlairbooks.
On this day in 1901, the Attorney General predicated that South Bend would harness its "Niagra of power" to become a great city. 
One year since the murder of Eric Logan and just weeks since the murder of George Floyd, our city is in the streets calling for justice.This week, we listen to these calls at the largest protest of the month in downtown South Bend. It occurred on the evening of Friday, June 5th, and was organized by Black Lives Matter South Bend and a group of recent high school graduates.A companion video with footage shot by Ryan Blaske is streaming on Vimeo.Referenced LinksWhy Ta-Nehisi Coates is Hopeful - The Ezra Klein Show'Community' Is a Verb. And It’s Hard - The United States of AnxietyNot Just Another Protest - It's Been a Minute with Sam SandersA Decade of Watching Black People Die - Code SwitchThe Least You Could Do - Reply AllA Secret Meeting in South Bend - The United States of Anxiety
This week we welcome Jenny Casas to the podcast. Jenny is a reporter for New York Public Radio’s Narrative Unit. She is New York based, via Chicago, where she reported on and produced season one of The City, USA Today's first narrative podcast about a 6-story tall illegal dump. We met Jenny when she began reporting for an episode of WNYC's The United States of Anxiety titled, “A Secret Meeting in South Bend,” which told the story of Better Homes of South Bend: an early African American building co-op formed by Studebaker employees. Find Jenny's latest work at wnyc.org and follow her on Twitter.Referenced LinksBlack Lives Matter South Bend Rally for BLACK LIVES – June 5, 2020 @ 6pmBrain Lair Books 'This List is Anti-Racist' Reading List
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South Bend, Indiana, United States of America
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