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Premiered Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023

Our host, Jhmira Alexander, invites you to join her for the series premiere of "Public Narrative: A Word with Jhmira Alexander." Special guests include Arkey Adams, former artistic producer for Lookingglass Theatre, and Tacuma Roeback, managing editor of the Chicago Defender.

Watch "Public Narrative: A Word with Jhmira Alexander" on Thursdays at 7 p.m. CT as part of CAN TV's 2023 fall schedule.


Our Stories, Our World


Our Stories, Our World is a youth-led series of community-centered narratives about public safety, public health and public education. This six-episode podcast is a first-ever collaboration between Public Narrative and A Picture’s Worth, an Ohio-based nonprofit focused on strengths-based storytelling for community change. The series combines audio stories and photography to create a set of citizen-centered podcasts that flip the script on traditional media narratives--uplifting community perspectives rather than focusing on conflict.

Youth selected to participate include Kaylen Brandt (left), 17, of Chatham; Daniel Animashaun (center), 16, of Woodlawn; and Andrea Hernandez (right), 19, of Englewood. Our Stories, Our World allows them to highlight key narratives that add depth and context to critical issues. The series also features original music by Malci, a Chicago-based hip-hop artist, producer and co-founder of Why? Records.

The podcast launched in September, and concluded in December 2021. Go to to listen, or find the series on all podcast platforms. Email Mareva Lindo at mlindo (at) publicnarrative (dot) org for media inquiries or information about the podcast.


  • Oct. 7 - Episode 1: Shohn Williams, Dean of Students at Lindblom Academy, interviewed by Daniel Animashaun (Public Education) 
  • Oct. 21 - Episode 2: Rossana Rodriguez, 33rd Ward Alderwoman, interviewed by Kaylen Brandt (Public Education)
  • Nov. 4 - Episode 3: Vanessa Westley, retired Chicago Police Officer, interviewed by Andrea Hernandez (Public Safety)
  • Nov. 18 - Episode 4: Tynetta Hill-Muhammad, Chicago Chapter Organizer for Black Youth Project 100, interviewed by Andrea Hernandez (Public Safety)
  • Dec. 2 - Episode 5: Taneka Jennings, Campaign Director, Adoptees for Justice, interviewed by Kaylen Brandt (Public Health)
  • Dec. 16 - Episode 6: Shyam Prabhakaran, MD, MS, neurologist and researcher at University of Chicago, interviewed by Daniel Animashaun (Public Health) 
Pictured: Interviewees are (top row from left) Shohn Williams, Rossana Rodriguez, Vanessa Westley, and (bottom row from left) Tynetta Hill-Muhammad, Taneka Jennings, and Shyam Prabhakaran

Updates & Press

Podcast Team

Youth Story-gatherers: Daniel Animashaun, Kaylen Brandt and Andrea Hernandez
Audio Editor: Samantha Gattsek
Music Composer: Malci
Artwork: Dan MacDonald Studios
Executive Producers: Mareva Lindo and Elissa Yancey