In late 2017, Matthew Sims met his friend Lucas Yochum in a coffee shop (Gelateria Del Leone, no less) with a simple idea for a podcast/internet show: Let's research, explore, and talk about St. Louis.

Being in a city older than the United States itself, we have a rich history of innovation, success and triumphs here in St. Louis. We also have shameful deeds, systemic racism, and other horrors that continue to shape this gateway to the west. To better understand this place, though, you have to be willing explore all the different angles to each story.

It quickly became clear to both of us that many of the topics we were considering exploring are complicated and detailed. A radio show is an ideal format to present what we've discovered in our research, learned from our interviews, and the final reflections we have on the subjects we explore.

Note: We love public radio and local news from the Post-Dispatch. We are not a substitute for either. We strive to explore stories we hear or dive into information as curious individuals who aren't satisfied with just one article or simple story on any subject, such as ShotSpotter. 

Matthew Sims

Producer, Co-Host, Co-Writer, Audio Guy, Sometimes Musician

I guide Blinders Off, handle all post-production audio duties (sound design, mixing, editing) and write some music for the show when necessary. I help out with research, conduct interviews, and relentlessly ask anyone I meet what they want to learn about St. Louis. So far, I've yet to have any person request the same topic, which goes to show you how diverse people are here. When I'm not doing the podcast, I'm working on freelance audio and music.

Lucas Yochum

Producer, Co-Host, Co-Writer, Researcher, Blogger

I am a St. Louis native with a background in journalism.  For Blinders Off I work mostly on interviews, research, writing, and social media. These duties play to my strengths; I love diving deeply into esoteric or obscure subjects, and have a nearly photographic memory.  When not obsessively pursuing the details of St. Louis history and culture, I enjoy photography and digital art.