Last Day Podcast Explores Gun Violence in America
Launched on April 6, the third season of Lemonada Media’s Last Day podcast is examining gun violence in America and solutions to combat it.
Over the course of 10 episodes, host Stephanie Wittels Wachs talks to families in Montana and Georgia who have lost loved ones to gun suicides and stray bullets, while also engaging community groups working to reduce gun-related deaths. CHRIS 180, which provides behavioral health, housing and youth services in the Atlanta area and coordinates the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s community safety work in NPU‑V, is among the organizations to which she speaks.
“We always say at Lemonada that first person stories can save lives, and that’s been especially striking this season,” says Wittels Wachs. “I, personally, had a very specific point of view around guns at the outset of this process, but traveling to different parts of the country, meeting people in their living rooms, hearing them share their stories in real time — it was incredibly powerful and really shifted my own point of view on this issue. I hope it has the same impact on our audience.”
The series received support from the Casey Foundation, as well as the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, Jed Foundation, Kendeda Fund, Levi Strauss & Co, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation and Urban Peace Institute.
New episodes will be released each Tuesday.