A recent installment of This American Life takes a closer look at the crisis of gun violence in Chicago’s South and West Sides.

A team of journalists spent five months at Harper High School in Englewood, following the lives of faculty and students immersed in the systemic obstacles that create and perpetuate the violence that is robbing us of our youth.

It’s an incredibly engrossing program that may raise eyebrows for some, or sound tragically familiar for others.

From This American Life:

We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29. We 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. We found so many incredible and surprising stories…


Click here to listen to Harper High School, Part I