Jan 11 • 11M

The B-Side: Next Stop, Van Buren

Our pilot episode of 14 East's newest podcast, 'The B-Side'

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A weekly podcast from the 14 East newsroom revisiting powerful, insightful and original stories from our archives that we've reported and how we've reported them, with commentary from the writers. Illustration by Bridget Killian, 14 East.
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Illustration by Bridget Killian, 14 East.

Story by Lara Diaz

Produced and recorded by Claire Malon

Our pilot episode of The B-Side is a story from contributing writer Lara Diaz. Published in the fall of 2021, “Next Stop, Van Buren,” is a powerful narrative essay about community, identity and belonging.

Diaz, who was born and raised on the Southeast Side of Chicago, describes how she was forced to grapple with her identity as a Mexican American while attending predominantly white schools on the North Side. Using her commute on the Metra Electric train as a metaphor, Diaz seeks to show how the deeply rooted love and understanding of where we come acts as a guide to interpreting the world around us and our place in it.