WBEZ 25: David Isay reflects on documentary Ghetto Life 101

WBEZ 25: David Isay reflects on documentary Ghetto Life 101
WBEZ 25: David Isay reflects on documentary Ghetto Life 101

WBEZ 25: David Isay reflects on documentary Ghetto Life 101

Radio Producer David Isay proudly walks the path blazed by legendary Chicagoan Studs Terkel. Isay gives so-called “ordinary people” the space, the training, the forum to tell extraordinary stories about themselves and their world. One of those stories revolved around LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman, 13 and 14 year old friends growing up in the CHA’s Ida B. Wells Homes. Over 10 days, Jones and Newman recorded themselves and the people in their lives with a mix of seriousness and humor, opening a window to a world that few saw — and even fewer understood. It was called Ghetto Life 101, and it premiered here on WBEZ in 1993. We’re celebrating 25 years as an independent station, and visiting with some of the folks that have brought us great moments during that time. This documentary certainly was one of them. Isay joins us to talk about the project, and some of the things he’s been involved with since. (WBEZ/File)