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YouthCast #177: My Time in Greece from Alaska Teen Media Institute

From YouthCast | 13:29

Last month, Jacob Holley-Kline went on a school trip to Greece. He had worked all of the previous summer to pay travel expenses. When he got there, he was stunned by the beauty of the place. "The water looked like a melted gemstone or something. Like congealed tanzanite," Jacob told me. But something was bothering him. Why does he get to go to Greece, and other folks don't? Did he deserve to be there?

This is the question Jacob puzzles over in this beautifully written and delivered commentary, from the Alaska Teen Media Institute.

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While Jacob was in Greece, he kept a diary — writing between 5 and 9 pages every day. "As it stands now," Jacob said, " the whole 8 or 9 days is a complete blur."

So how did he decide which details, from all those pages of writing, he should include in a three-minute commentary? "After living in Alaska for my whole life, there's a lot of beauty here, but it's a totally different kind of beauty than in Greece…. So I tried to find the aspects of it that seemed the most unreal . And this is what it came down to."

Jacob also wanted to shout out to Robert Stormo and Rosey Robards at the Alaska Teen Media Institute, "for making me write this — or not making me, but pushing me to write it — because it is one of the reasons I'm able to appreciate the trip as much as I did."

Half My Family Is Illegal

From Radio Rookies | Part of the Radio Rookies: Coming Up in 2011 series | 07:19

"At some point when I was growing up I admit I was mad at my parents for coming here. I was mad that they had to work so hard, that we had to wait in line to get free food, that we had to lay low, and that if I told my parents how I felt they’d think I was selfish."
— Alicia Martinez

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This story offers a new perspective on one of the most politically charged issues of our time: illegal immigration.  A lot of attention has been paid to young adults who were brought here illegally with their parents and are now growing up undocumented.  There’s been much less focus on their younger siblings—the kids who were born in the United States and grow up in mixed-status homes.  That’s the case for Alicia Martinez, who is using a fake name to protect her family’s identity.  Alicia lives in Port Richmond, a neighborhood on the north shore of Staten Island with one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in New York.  She has struggled to meet her parents’ expectations and to overcome the guilt she feels that her older sister’s life is much more limited than hers.

Why I got called Osama in High School

From ZUMIX Radio | 05:31

A personal exploration of my experience of racism in high school.

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After 9/11 people’s perception of a terrorist changed. And at least one high school student felt the effects of this change. This story is about how one kid was bullied in the 9th grade with the term “terrorist.” This piece explains his emotions, reactions, and issues of how it started and ended. He gets help discovering what happened and thoughts from his family and friends.

A Normal Life

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | Part of the Incarcerated Youth Speak Out series | 06:58

From the outside, Jacorey looks like the party guy - he's 16, has his own apartment and seems to be living large. But Jacorey's private desire for an average life - with a normal family - drives him nearly over the edge.

Screen_shot_2012-08-02_at_1 From the outside, Jacorey looks like the party guy - he's 16, has his own apartment and seems to be living large. But Jacorey's private desire for a an average life - with a normal family - drives him to the edge.  When a lucky intervention from his grandmother saves his life, he realizes he has a lot to live for.

This piece was produced as part of Blunt Youth Radio's Incarcerated Youth Speak Out Project at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, Maine.  Funding was provided in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission. 

"I'm From"

From Littleglobe | 01:47

Carlos Vigil, from the YouthWorks program in Santa Fe, NM, wrote this poem-rap about growing up poor in New Mexico.

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Photo-by-k_w_reinsch-youth-media-project-poverty-youthworks_small Carlos Vigil, from the YouthWorks program in Santa Fe, NM, wrote this poem-rap about growing up poor in New Mexico.

Polka!

From Stories from Deep in the Heart, a project of Texas Folklife | 05:22

Middle School Youth Producer Paiton Kalina investigates her family's love of Polka music in this humorous and lively first-person essay. Produced with help from Amber Woytek at the Wharton Boys & Girls Club.

Smallkidaccordian_small This story was produced during a three-week summer workshop led by Lucia Duncan at the Wharton Boys and Girls Club, in Wharton, TX (55 miles southwest of Houston).  The theme of the workshop was music the students’ families listen to: gospel, polka, and two types of Mexican music (Zapateado and Tribal).  The students discovered similarities among the different types of music - in the way that music contributes to culture and in the way that music and culture change. 

Mami, Papi, and Me

From Philly Youth Radio | Part of the Teen Sanctuaries series | 03:36

Shayla Torres is a senior at Community Academy in Philadelphia and is going to college next year. But first, she’ll have to leave her grandparents behind.

Bs0203_selection_19_small Shayla Torres is a senior at Community Academy in Philadelphia and is going to college next year. But first, she’ll have to leave her grandparents behind.

To see the audio slideshow video, go to http://vimeo.com/40822935.

My Family, Foreclosed.

From City High Radio | 09:33

When you're a teenager, it's hard to understand how "the economy" has anything to do with your life. But when Makele's dad lost his job and their home was foreclosed on, it got personal.

Makele__dad__guitars_small  When you're a teenager, it's hard to understand how "the economy" has anything to do with your life. But when Makele's dad lost his job and their home was foreclosed on, it got personal.

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From Philly Youth Radio | Part of the Teen Sanctuaries series | 04:59

Cavhanah Baht T’om is a junior at Friends Select School in Philadelphia. She’s got a hectic life, but has developed a special strategy to deal.

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To see the full audio slideshow video, go to http://vimeo.com/41442131.

Who's Going to Protect Me?

From Radio Rookies | Part of the Radio Rookies: Flushing 2010 series | 07:04

Civil rights groups are pushing the NYPD to change its stop and frisk policy and 17-year-old Radio Rookie Edwin Llanos thinks a change might help police gain more people's trust. He's grown up in neighborhoods where officers stop kids all the time -- and a lot of those kids don’t trust cops to help when they're in need. One 2009 study by the Southern Economic Journal suggests kids who don’t trust police look to gangs for protection. Last year, when Edwin got into a tough situation, he wasn't sure who to turn to.

Flushing_radio_rookies_group_pic_5_small Civil rights groups are pushing the NYPD to change its stop and frisk policy and 17-year-old Radio Rookie Edwin Llanos thinks a change might help police gain more people's trust. He's grown up in neighborhoods where officers stop kids all the time -- and a lot of those kids don’t trust cops to help when they're in need. One 2009 study by the Southern Economic Journal suggests kids who don’t trust police look to gangs for protection. Last year, when Edwin got into a tough situation, he wasn't sure who to turn to.

Back to the Middle East

From Radio Rookies | Part of the Radio Rookies: Flushing 2010 series | 07:51

Radio Rookie Alexis Gordon's dad has been in the Army Reserves since before she was born. He served a tour in Iraq when she was in the 5th grade and was recently deployed again to the war in Afghanistan. 18-year-old Alexis is struggling to understand her dad's decision to stay in the Army and go back to the Middle East.

Flushing_radio_rookies_group_pic_5_small Radio Rookie Alexis Gordon's dad has been in the Army Reserves since before she was born. He served a tour in Iraq when she was in the 5th grade and was recently deployed again to the war in Afghanistan. 18-year-old Alexis is struggling to understand her dad's decision to stay in the Army and go back to the Middle East.

Hip Hop Dedication

From Radio Rookies | Part of the Radio Rookies: Coming Up in 2011 series | 06:07

A lot of teenagers want to make it big as artists--whether acting in movies, singing ballads on American Idol, or making it in the hip hop world. That's what Radio Rookie Jimmy Musa dreams of -- and he thinks he's found a way to get an edge over everyone else.

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Short List #4

From David Green | Part of the Short Lists series | :48

A collaborative “Short List” poem which sheds light on the thoughts, secrets, senses of humor and lives of eight and nine-year-olds. Can you figure out what werewolves, computers and dresses have in common before you are told at the end?

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As part of a two week, all-school (K-12) Poetry Festival at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL, Third Grade Audio produced our first “Short Lists” for one of the poetry assemblies.

We first learned about Short Lists from producer Jay Allison during his keynote speech at the 2007 Third Coast International Audio Festival Conference.

As part of a two week, all-school (K-12) Poetry Festival at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL, Third Grade Audio produced our first “Short Lists” for one of the poetry assemblies.

We first learned about Short Lists from producer Jay Allison during his keynote speech at the 2007 Third Coast International Audio Festival Conference.

What is a Short List? “It's a list you create from your experience or research or daily life. You read it out loud for about 60 seconds and then tell us at the end what the list WAS." (transom.org)

Here at Third Grade Audio, we think of them as a combination of a list poem and a riddle. We wrote Short Lists of all kinds and then took some of our favorite topics written by individual third graders and created group Short Lists – writing, recording and producing them jointly. We played them for an audience of roughly five-hundred people during the Poetry Festival.

Each Spring, a new set of third graders adds to our Short List series. 

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