371 Productions

Precious Lives Creator / Producer

Brad Lichtenstein - Executive Producer

Brad is the president of 371 Productions, a company that makes media for the common good. He has been making documentaries for PBS, Al Jazeera America, Discovery Channel, the BBC and other broadcasters for over 20 years. His PBS Independent Lens feature documentary, As Goes Janesville, was nominated for a national Emmy. 371 builds impact campaigns for its projects, from ongoing workshops about aging with Almost Home, to mobile apps like BizVizz, a corporate accountability tool that grew from As Goes Janesville. Brad is a huge fan of radio. Precious Lives is his first adventure in that realm.

Emily Forman - Senior Producer

Emily comes to Milwaukee from KCAW in Sitka, Alaska where she reported on a range of stories, including Native American fishing traditions, scientific discoveries about ice age goats and the unlikely path of Alaska’s newest Orthodox bishop. Her work has also aired on NPR and Alaska Public Radio Network. Emily is a graduate of the prestigious Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.

Eric Von - Host/Producer

For twenty five years, through three successful stints in both morning and evening drive, Eric Von was behind the microphone as host of one of Milwaukee’s most popular talk shows, the original Morning Magazine and The Eric Von Show, for radio station 1290 WMCS-AM.

Von has received many awards and commendations for his on-air and community service work. His deft handling of national and local issues is widely acknowledged as the primary reason 1290 WMCS has been nominated twice for the radio industry’s coveted Marconi Award.

Aisha Turner - Producer

Aisha Turner is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland. She cut her teeth in broadcasting while based in Washington, DC as a reporter-producer at the PBS NewsHour, originally the MacNeil/Lehrer Report. She’s also done brief stints at Al Jazeera America and local news.

Aisha has covered a range of national and international affairs stories and has a special interest in social justice issues. To that end, she has worked and studied in various countries throughout Europe and Africa. Aisha has a joint-MA in Global Studies from the Universities of Leipzig and Vienna and a BA in Public Policy and Sociology from Duke University.

Paul Kjelland - Engagement Director

As a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, an international decentralized network of visual artists, Paul produces work with and for social and environmental justice movements. He is a co-founder of the Riverwest24, an annual 24 hour bicycle race and community project in Milwaukee entering it’s eighth year. Other projects include co-curating a lecture series called Night School that combines academics, activism and the arts to explore cohesive understanding and strategies to issues facing Milwaukee and beyond. Paul is also a co-founder of a mobile experimental cultural and independent media center called ReciproCITY.

Emily Forman

Somboon Thao’s family escaped Laos hoping for a better life in Milwaukee, but then the worst thing imaginable happened.

Dozens of bullets flew through their home and one struck Somboon’s 13-month-old son, Bill. The toddler later died of injuries at Children's Hospital.

When the bullets started flying, a family member told the kids in the room to lay down on the ground - a reflex their generation had developed decades ago in the jungle, in Laos.

FAMILY PHOTO VIA THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

If Jonoshia Alexander were alive today, she'd be 21-years-old. Her room is exactly how she left it four years ago - filled with her things, but not her voice.

Calvin Mattheis for the Journal Sentinel

Over a nine year period, Reverend Leondis Fuller lost all three of his sons to gun violence. 

Emily Forman

This past October, Milwaukee broke ground on what will be the largest family justice center in the country. 

Emily Forman

In May of 2012, 13-year-old Darius Simmons was shot outside of his house by his 76-year-old white neighbor.

James Gutierrez

Milwaukee was shocked two decades ago when nine-year-old Marcus DeBack was shot and killed on the playground. Anthony Barksdale was there that day. Even as an adult, Anthony can’t erase the pain of Marcus’ death. 

Emily Forman

Sierra Guyton’s death shocked Milwaukee this past May. The 10-year-old was shot and killed on the playground at Clarke Street School. While Sierra was the last kid killed in a playground shooting, Marcus DeBack was one of the first.

Trace Matabele

Trace Matabele was teaching art in northwest Milwaukee when a student burst into tears. 

Emily Forman

Betzy Torres was five when she was shot in her home on her mother’s lap. 

Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Laylah Christiauna Petersen was a granddaughter, a daughter, a sister, a niece, a classmate and a best friend. Now she’s another face of gun deaths in Milwaukee.

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