My Newsfour colleagues and I are hosting a new age fireside chat Monday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum, and you're invited. No candles, no soft music...but real talk about creating a better, closer, stronger community.

The town hall meeting is the finale for the series, "A Shared Saint Louis: An Examination of Race Relations". The meeting will be recorded and broadcast later this month. But we want you to add your voice to the conversation; it's the only way we can improve: listening to each other and working together.

Audience members can question our panelists about the economy, education, healthcare, housing, and leadership. Among the panelists: Saint Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Saint Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, the Superintendent of the Hazelwood School District, to name a few.

I am moderating the evening, and it is going to be enlightening! We are essentially bringing a newscast to the Museum, and we want you to be a part of it. President Franklin Roosevelt popularized the fireside chat during one of the country's most trying times. Now, we are not suggesting Saint Louis is facing a social crisis, but friends and neighbors do talk. And they're usually better for having done so.

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