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LeAlan Jones of Ghetto Life 101 Grows Up

It was more than 16 years ago that we were brought into the world of teenagers LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman. The boys captured on tape their daily living in the now-gone Ida B. Wells housing projects on Chicago's South Side. LeAlan and Lloyd, along with famed radio producer David Isay, produced Ghetto Life 101. The project became one of the most acclaimed programs in public radio history, winning dozens of major awards. LeAlan is now 30 years old, and working as a freelance radio producer. Today, on his 30th birthday, he shares his thoughts about the state of violence in Chicago's South Side.

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