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Protesters sit at the intersection of Maryland and Euclid for a moment of silence on Friday, Sept. 15. CAROLINA HIDALGO | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

Protesters sit at the intersection of Maryland and Euclid for a moment of silence on Friday, Sept. 15. CAROLINA HIDALGO | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

Hi. 

Maybe you're not that familiar with the St. Louis region, let alone its deep racial and economic divides. In some ways they look the same as those that run through cities and towns across the country. In other ways, they're unique. 

And once again these divides are back in national headlines following a judge’s decision that former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who is white, was not guilty of first-degree murder when he shot to death a black man, Anthony Lamar Smith, back in 2011. 

Thousand of people have taken to the streets to express their outrage at that verdict and systemic racism.  

We've spent about three years telling stories of how race and class play out in the lives of everyday folks. With that in mind, we thought it might be helpful to pass along five episodes that can help begin to put the events of the past several days in context.  

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