The 411 Live

The 411 Live

The 411 Live podcast is a platform where you can learn about issues that impact your community, state and the world. It is designed to eduate and help people in the community better themselves by giving them inspiration, hope, education and direction that will motivate them to better their lives and their community as a whole. It is comprised of interviews and a wide range of information on various topics like health, schools, social issues, history, economics, real life stories, and justice.

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July 13, 2021 30 min
The mental health of millions of Americans are desperately in need of our attention and support because it is so highly mistreated and misdirected in the criminal law system. It is difficult topic to maneuver through, relating law and medical health, but they do coincide with each other and this is vital for our court system to know when making the critical decisions that determine how many Americans might live the rest of their li...
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The National Revolving Bail Fund is a critical tool to prevent incarceration and combat racial and economic disparities in the bail system. Beverly talks to Jeremy Cherson, Senior Advisor at The Bail Project about a system that criminalizes race and poverty. The Bail Project combats mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system one person at a time. This is The 411 Live. Real People. Real Talk. For more information go to ...
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Sometimes we approach the politics surrounding police brutality and race through a bias and emotional lens. It is an attorney’s job to evaluate the full length of every case, which means examining our legal and constitutional rights that we all have as U.S. citizens. As our country progress, the laws should be reexamined to innovate change in our society and in our judicial system for the better to prevent deaths like George Floyd...
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May 25, 2021 28 min
ALL people have value and bullying denies people of that value. “Bullying” is objectively offensive conduct that includes intimidation, threats, abuse or harm directed by one or more people. It’s a big problem in schools. Cameron Fry is a survivor of bullying and decided to write a book called, Why Bully Me? In this episode of The 411 Live, Beverly Taylor is joined by Cameron Fry, Author of “Why Bully Me” and his mother Angel Be...
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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but Sivad Johnson was larger than life. Time was incredibly valuable to this Detroit Fire Department sergeant, artist and storyteller, author and father of two girls. Sivad Johnson’s life ended tragically in August of 2020 while helping to save three drowning girls. In this episode, host Beverly Taylor meets with Eboni Thomas and Jamal Johnson, sister and brother to Sivad Johnson, and Jolanda R...
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Life can sometimes feel like being stranded on a small boat, no plan, no hope and no help to turn to. One organization that is working to find stranded and hopeless people in our communities is the Jewish Family Services. In this episode of The 411 Live, host, Beverly Taylor meets with Samantha Kovatch, Margaux Baumgarten, and Kjersten Pederson, to introduce a comprehensive community service program for adults and youth. Samantha...
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In this episode of The 411 Live, host Beverly Taylor chats with Bridgett Wilder, CEO of Perseverance Health and Wellness Nutrition Consultation Services LLC, who is a widowed mother of nine children, dietitian, author and motivational speaker. Wilder is an exceptional woman who was dealt a huge storm since she was young. Bridgett Wilder shares her story of finding herself throughout taxing life milestones from an early marriage an...
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April 13, 2021 31 min
With the COVID-19 vaccine out, there is hope for lives to return to normal. That word, “normal”, means a lot of different things to our communities, and for the community of Metcalf Park, normal means playing catch up. In this episode of “The 411 Live”, host Beverly Taylor is visited by Jarrett English, the director of Housing Development for Metcalf Park Community Bridges, and Melody McCurtis, the deputy director of Priorities/Or...
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It has been over a year of the COVID-19 virus wreaking havoc in the lives of the worlds’ residents. With everything we are learning and adapting to it, there is still so much unknown now with the few emergency vaccines released and slowly being administered to the public. Host Beverly Taylor is joined by Dr. Kevin Izard on the 411 Live’s 4th season to answer a lot of the big questions: what is the COVID vaccine? Does it provide the...
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Society tends to forget the minds that get locked up in correctional facilities. In comparison to the amount of change happening in our world today, little of that is focused on the people who are trying to establish their lives after months or years in prison. Dr. Robert Smith, professor and researcher, says “We’ve crafted this notion that if you’re incarcerated, you’re different, you’re on the margins of society.” In this podcas...
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For Black History Month, The 411 Live highlights an innovative app created by Deborah and Geraud Blanks that promotes the African-America journey through time. The mother and son duo uncover the origins of the app as well as their hopes and plans for it as well. “Knowledge of history can go a long way. It can help us as black folks feel more power and pride about who we are.” It can help expand knowledge and appreciation from other...
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Can one man fight for justice for equality? Dennis Biddle joins host Beverly Taylor to share a one of a kind experience as the youngest player in the Negro Baseball league, which has only recently been officially included in the major leagues. He shares personal stories about Jackie Robinson, his efforts to bring recognition and honor to his fellow players, and his plans to preserve the rare experiences of his time in the Negro Ba...
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Beverly Taylor speaks with filmmaker and former TV journalist Joanne Williams in this episode of The 411 Live. Joanne Williams is finishing up a documentary about a controversial play that included two very different schools of Wisconsin, one white and one black, collaborating in a production in 1966. She initially started the film to tell the story of that production but through her research found herself in a story bigger than h...
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February 12, 2021 26 min
For Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Beverly Taylor meets with Jenny Almquist, the executive director and founder of Fierce Freedom – an organization that is working to educate and move people to work towards the abolishment of human trafficking. In this episode of The 411 Live, Jenny shares the devastating truths of sex trafficking hidden in middle and high schools of the rural communities. She also shares tips for parents and ...
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February 12, 2021 30 min
In this episode of the 411 Live, Rose Ernst, Ph.D., and Angelique Davis, J.D., expand on the phenomenon that’s been floating around in the shadows for years: Racial Gaslighting. It has affected people of color all over the world, and while many recognized it, they did not have the term to name it. Join Beverly Taylor as she discusses examples of racial gaslighting and how to address them, especially in the workplace. Support this...
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In this episode of The 411 Live, Beverly Taylor addresses the demographic disparities that exist in those who are sentenced to incarceration and those given probation with Dr. Tina Freiburger, Dean of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Young black men are more likely to be incarcerated than sentenced to probation than any other gender, race or ethic group. Dr. Freiburger spends this ...
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In this episode of the 411 Live, Dennis Walton, founder of Made Men World Wide, a social entrepreneur and activist by trade, shares his knowledge on how balanced families in our community really set the foundation to a greater world. “There are a lot of things that have come from specific circumstances where we can see just so much systemic dysfunction that exists in our communities.” He and Beverly Taylor attack some of the myths...
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Deborah Blanks, former CEO of the Social Development Commission, author of the research report Project Central Voice, and partner of Kairo Communication, gives a bit of her time to dive into the issue of grant money given to organizations to support our communities. Deborah shares some shocking revelations about how the funding is used, the organizations on the ground that are left out of the funding equation, organizations with th...
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In this episode, Beverly Taylor dives into the story behind the controversy surrounding a social media post by Milwaukee Lutheran High School. She chats with Milwaukee Lutheran Alumni Carl Greer, Karon Sims, and Monte Berry who describe racism they say they endured at the school. Not only do these alumni share similar stories, but they come together to make the community aware of what they call a misleading post from Milwaukee Luth...
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In this episode of the 411 Live, Beverly Taylor addresses the shifting educational system. Kelly Connor, an educator for over twenty years holding a B.S. in sociology, a M.S. in Administrative Science and an EdS in Educational Leadership, and Chantell Sain, a mother of four with ten years of homeschooling experience, meet with Beverly Taylor to share some of their experiences and concerns of the ‘new normal’. Kelly reveals the chal...
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