How Steve James overcame doubt—his and others'—to create 'America to Me'

Filmmaker Steve James’s work—including the Oscar-nominated Hoop Dreams and Abacus—has won him critical acclaim galore and goodwill in the town where he lives, Oak Park.

But when he set out to create his 10-part documentary series America to Me—about Oak Park, its historic commitment to integration and its high school’s challenges in living up to a reputation for inclusiveness—he had his doubts.

Hear all about that—and catch up with two of the students spotlighted by this celebrated Starz series—in a Chicago Public Square Podcast. Listen here or on Amazon’s Alexa-powered speakers*, iTunes, Spotify (new!) or your favorite podcast player. (Photo: Wednesday Journal / Alexa Rogals.)



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