By Alexandra Jacobs
Updated July 11, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

In 1994, two boys ages 10 and 11 dropped 5-year-old Eric Morse from a 14th-floor window in the Ida B. Wells housing project to his death. Politicians flocked, media clucked. A year later, LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman — teenage Wells residents recruited by NPR documentarian Isay in 1993 — were the only reporters left actively contemplating the scene. Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago, this before-and-after collection of their immeasurably sad, skillful interviews and commentary is a blessing — and a two-way street: for the duo, out of the Chicago ghetto; for that America still decidedly not theirs, a way in. A