This weekend and next, February 15-17 and February 22-24, the public radio show This American Life will devote two full episodes to the violence affecting Harper High School in Chicago. Last school year, 29 current and recent Harper students were shot. Twenty-one were wounded; eight died.
The special episodes begin airing the weekend President Obama travels to Chicago to talk about urban gun violence. The number of murders in Chicago climbed last year, while in many big cities like New York and Los Angeles, the number has been steady or declining. Last weekend, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was buried. She’d been shot in a Chicago city park a week after performing at an inaugural event in Washington