RECORDED WEBINAR - Thursday, April 6 11am PT / 2pm ET 

Making You Didn't See Nothin

A conversation with audio excerpts about the making of the investigative memoir You Didn’t See Nothin

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About this webinar

  • Thursday, April 6, 2023
  • 11am PT / 2pm ET 
  • 90 min 
  • Free for AIR members / 
    $25 non-members
  • This webinar is recorded and made available for AIR members and ticket holders after the recording. 
Twenty-five years ago in Chicago, a little boy named Lenard Clark was beaten into a coma just for being Black. Almost overnight, the news stories turned to racial reconciliation and forgiveness. Writer slash weed dealer Yohance Lacour was 24 years old at the time, and he didn’t buy that shit. “You Didn't See Nothin” is his investigation into what really happened, and a memoir of coming-of-age in Chicago.
For this webinar he’ll be joined by collaborators Bill Healy, Erisa Apantaku, and Sarah Geis from the Invisible Institute’s audio team. They’ll discuss their collaborative process, telling complicated stories about race and power in Chicago, and the lessons learned while making the series. 

Key Takeaways

  • Strategies/thought around hybrid reported / memoiristic pieces
  • Challenges and opportunities in telling complicated stories about race
  • Some tracking strategies that helped Yohance sound like himself

Yohance Lacour

Yohance Lacour (New Voices '22) is a writer from the South side who's committed to telling stories of Black Chicago from the ground. He's always had feet in multiple worlds, and has been a playwright, a journalist, and an entrepreneur. After serving a decade-long sentence in federal prison, he returned home in 2017 to resume his tradition of Black storytelling. He currently runs the luxury leather label Y.J. Lacour and was recently featured in Smithsonian Magazine.
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Erisa Apantaku

Erisa Apantaku is a Black/biracial, queer audio producer and educator from the lands of the Three Fires Confederacy of the Ottawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi First Nations (Chicagoland). At the Invisible Institute, Erisa works on wrongful conviction cases and co-produced the newest podcast “You Didn’t See Nothin.” Outside of her projects at the Invisible Institute, Erisa produces short audio documentaries for outlets such as BBC Radio and serves as a freelance story editor for podcasts like an upcoming untitled podcast on Alaskan settler myths. Her work examines race, sexuality, and gender through a process that seeks to be vulnerable, accountable, and generative for all those involved.
Prior to coming to the Invisible Institute, Erisa served as executive producer of South Side Weekly Radio wherein she produced news features and interviews with artists, organizers, and everyday South Siders. Erisa has also worked as an audio educator, training a wide range of individuals across ages at South Side Weekly, Blok by Blok, IndyKids, and After School Matters. 
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Bill Healy 

Bill Healy is an audio journalist. He produced the investigative podcast Somebody, which was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Audio Reporting. Bill has reported extensively for Chicago’s public radio station, WBEZ, on a wide range of topics - from homelessness among gay and transgender teenagers to heroin use among affluent suburban high schoolers. For many years he edited a weekly StoryCorps segment for WBEZ. His work has also appeared on This American Life, Freakonomics, and Reveal, among others. A former 5th grade teacher, Bill currently teaches documentary radio at Northwestern University.
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Sarah Geis

Sarah Geis is a Chicago-based producer and editor, and former artistic director of the Third Coast International Audio Festival. She was story editor for the Invisible Institute podcast Somebody, which was a 2020 Pulitzer finalist, and editor/producer for the Invisible Institute's You Didn't See Nothin. She's edited for the New York Times audio, WNYC's Nancy and at Gimlet, and has produced documentaries for the BBC, Love + Radio, and CBC's Love Me, among others. She's the keeper of and teaches at the University of Chicago and Northwestern.
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