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Playlist: Molly Adams's Favorites

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Muslim Prayer

From Vermont Folklife Center Media | Part of the Youth Radio Vermont series | 03:00

In this piece, Riyak Omar describes how she approaches prayer as a Muslim, and the role that prayer plays in her family.

Kidsrecordingtinmouth_medium_small In this piece, Riyak Omar describes how she approaches prayer as a Muslim, and the role that prayer plays in her family. This piece was created during a religion unit in Kate Toland's world history class at Winooski High School in Winooski, Vermont.

The power of plastic!

From Alaska Teen Media Institute | 02:34

For some teens, few things can compare with the feeling of getting a drivers license! Once you have it, freedom and endless adventures lie ahead!

Default-piece-image-2 Alaska Teen Media Reporter Max Jungreis with a story on that important little piece of plastic!

High Fructose Corn Syrup in the Environment

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | 03:24

by Libby of Blunt Youth Radio. I know Libby and this piece cracks me up because she, when I last saw her, drank a lot of soda. I'm glad she's checking out what goes into it.

Cornsyrup_small Afternoon drink turned nightmare for both my personal health and the environment. The problems of high fructose corn syrup which is in nearly EVERYTHING that I eat discussed in a commentary form.

Graduates' Next American Dream

From Jordan Nelson | 03:33

This year's college graduates weigh in on what's next for the American Dream, in this piece by Jordan Nelson of KOSU in Stillwater, Okla.

Default-piece-image-0 Created in response to American Public Media's series, "The Next American Dream," this piece includes college graduates at their commencement ceremonies weighing in on what the American Dream means to them.  This piece is by Jordan Nelson, of KOSU in Stillwater, Okla.

Goddaddyo

From Jay sapir | Part of the HiPapaDays series | 03:24

by Jay Sapir. Abstract, instrumental, liking how it is both happening and not... whatever that means.

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Default-piece-image-1 Godfathers day is 24/7 for this very imperfect father of an equally troubled son. Begins with police bust of apartments in Chicago south side public housing at a time of upheaval and anger over court ordered no knock sweeps.Hip Hop style narration over James Brown's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." Two voices inside one head echo desparate internal dialogue of father watching son follow his footsteps through hell.
Ends earily with unnatural sounds. This piece (as well as surge in Baghadads) can be remixed and shortenned to meet technical specs and standards.

Just Add Water: Life in Arizona

From Terrascope Radio | Part of the Terrascope Radio Major Features series | 22:09

from Terrascope. Docu-collage on using water in a populated desert. Featured on YouthCast!

Img_3414_small A team of young producers explores water in Arizona: How people feel about it, how it is used, how it gets from one place to another, and how it could be conserved. They follow the path of a droplet of water, from the Rocky Mountains, through dams, rivers and diversions, and then hundreds of miles across the desert. They talk to ordinary people, as well as to the Federal and state officials who set water policy. And they visit a Native American community that has had to learn to survive for nearly a century without its beloved river but is now beginning to see its water return.

Dollar Tree Dreams - Alejandra's Paper Pad Story

From KRCB Voice of Youth | 02:32

Is the Dollar Tree store a place of last resort? Or can you find dreams worth as much as the clothes for sale on Sixth Avenue? One youth describes her "Dollar Tree Dreams"

Dollartree_small One day a group of kids went to the Dollar Tree store and bought something that meant something to them, an inspiration to dream. They wrote stories about what they had bought and the dreams they represented. We present 12-year old Alejandra's dream of becoming a fashion designer.

Chicagoans Consider Their Road Not Taken

From Curie Youth Radio | 01:53

From Curie Youth Radio. Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Aic_small Chicagoans recite Frost's  "The Road Not Taken" and talk about their choices, regrets, and victories.

las mujeres de Juarez

From Pulse of Portland Music Project | 05:59

The murders of young Women in Juarez Mexico.

Default-piece-image-2 Las Mujeres de Juarez Mexico, is a very important and awful conflict that has been going on since 1993. Las Mujeres de Juarez are women and young girls that are kidnapped and held as prisoners  As a Latina all these unsolved murders of young Mexican women really frightens me and the people who live in mexico, i have family in Mexico, i worry that this can happen to one of my love ones, but it mostly amazes me how the police and the Government can't find the people who are responsible for the hundreds of murders of these women and young mexican girls. The families of these victoms have many questions that no one can answer. these cases of all these inocent women are put away and maintaine a mystery. 

How the West was Won

From Lacy Roberts | :00

Featured on YouthCast! Lacy is now an intern for the Kitchen Sisters! Booyeah!

Img_1735_small Lacy Roberts couldn't wait to get out of Montana.  Once she made it to the East Coast, some baffling letters from her grandfather made her change her mind.

Voices About Suicide

From Littleglobe | 07:49

Youth Media Project’s Production Team discussed youth suicide and how it has affected them.

Getattachment After the loss of a friend to suicide students from the Youth Media Project’s Production Team had a round table discussion about suicide and how it has affected their lives and others lives. Each student shared a memory about a friend who passed away to suicide.  

It's Pizza Time

From Salt Institute for Documentary Studies | 06:07

by Alex Malmude of the Salt Institute. Pizza Time is my favorite time.

It_spizzatime_photo_small Tom Witkowski is one of the most anticipated men in Portland, Maine.  When he knocks on a door, and says, "Pizza time," the night's just getting started.  Ride along on a busy night in the life of one of Portland's best pizza delivery guys.

Cannibal Theme Park

From Carla Seidl | 07:00

Met any cannibals lately? Producer Carla Seidl has, and tells the tale in this engaging sound-rich documentary/personal narrative related to her anthropological memoir, The Sophisticated Savage, available June 2009 from Inner Hearth Books.

Fredy_and_postcards_small Sound rich, part documentary, part personal narrative, this piece follows producer Carla Seidl to the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador where she meets a surfer named Fredy Andi who tells her he has been a cannibal. The two dance and fall in love, and several years later, Seidl returns to the islands to see if his amazing life story (being born into an uncontacted and infamously savage tribe in the Amazon jungle, then becoming a surfer) and their connection are for real. The piece goes from upbeat and amusing to sad as Seidl reflects on her experiences with Fredy and concludes that his world has become more of a theme park than a home. The piece includes real audio "footage" from Seidl's time on the Galapagos Islands, where she taught English to middle and pre-school students, national park service employees and a women's group as a volunteer with the program WorldTeach in 2001 and then returned in 2005.

Carla's experiences with Fredy Andi are the subject of her anthropological memoir, The Sophisticated Savage, which will be available in late May/June 2009 from Inner Hearth Books. See www.thesophisticatedsavage.info or www.carlaseidl.com for more info.

Welcome to the Veggielution

From outLoud Radio at Youth Radio | 06:50

By Robert Rogers of outLoud. Local food, Bay Area, bike riding, summertime! Featured on YouthCast!

N1244577_45185628_1857595_small Politically aware, environmentally conscious young people are creating their own take on the back-to-the-land movement. Robert Rogers, a high schooler in San Jose, California, joined the "Veggielution" by helping grow organic crops in a local urban park.

Energy Brat

From Youth Radio | 04:49

by Antony Jauregui of Youth Radio. Combo of reporage and the youth personal essay. Featured on YouthCast, July 1, 2009!

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As the seasons change, many families will be checking their household energy use to curb costly bills. Youth Radio’s Antony Jaureguí grew up in sunny Southern California, and has never worried much about where energy comes from and how much he uses. But on a trip to his parents’ hometown in Mexico, he begins to question why he never questions his energy use.

That Job Sucked Anyway

From Megan Hall | 34:06

Stories, anecdotes, and fantastical rants about the woes of working life

Job1_small On July 23rd, Megan Hall, Sue Ellen Kroll and Tom Van Buskirk presented a live mix of interview snippets with musical interludes.  What followed was an audio odyssey of the state with the second highest unemployment rate in the country.

The Secret Life of a Shy Girl

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | 05:20

Libby's best friend Caitlin is very very shy-so shy that she feels like she was born into a world where she just doesn't belong.

38609111f4344d4bcfm_small Libby's best friend Caitlin is very very shy-so shy that she feels like she was born into a world where she just doesn't belong.

Anonymous Baby

From Littleglobe | 03:53

A young high school student tells the story of a decision that changes her life..

Default-piece-image-2 An anonymous high school student from Santa Fe, NM creates a story about the influence of an unplanned pregnancy, the subsequent miscarriage, and the impact of these events on her very young life. 

Fights at school

From Alaska Teen Media Institute | 02:12

Megan talks to students and a police officer in Anchorage, Alaska about fights at school.

Default-piece-image-2 Megan Haller talks to students and a police officer at West High School in Anchorage, Alaska about fights in their school.

Black Fraternities Aim to Motivate College Bound Youth

From Youth Outlook | 10:10


This week on YO!Radio -- death threats force Professor Henry Louis Gates to consider moving, new ad campaign promotes adoption of black youth, and LA Frat games aim to inspire young African Americans.

Default-piece-image-2 This week on YO!Radio -- death threats force Professor Henry Louis Gates to consider moving, new ad campaign promotes adoption of black youth, and LA Frat games aim to inspire young African Americans. PLUS: A day in the life of one young man living on his own in today's society. Jazmyne Young is a content producer and Chris Tamaru, 18, is an intern with YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia and The Beat Within.

The First Amendment and Me

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | 03:22

In Agnes' neighborhood the police never let people gather around when something is going down. But what, she wonders, about the right to assemble? To better understand her rights vis-a-vis the police she turns to the ACLU.

2027188708327665947f_small In Agnes' neighborhood the police never let people gather around when something is going down. But what, she wonders, about the right to assemble? To better understand her rights vis-a-vis the police she turns to the ACLU. Photo credit: Paul Keleher

The All-American Cambodian

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | 03:45

Featured on YouthCast!

Chandra150_small Chandra's mother is distant toward her activities, including cheerleading. Her mom has never watched her cheer. She objects to the short skirts and wishes the daughter would spend more time at home.

Accepting Me

From City High Radio | 05:25

Teen Sexuality in High School

Default-piece-image-0 It's amazing to see how easy it was to come out to my closest friends and family. I had spent so much time worrying about what others might think, but in the end, everything turned out well and I'm a happier person because of it.

Gentrification on Logan Circle

From Big Shed Audio | 18:56

Featured on YouthCast!

Googlemaps-logancircle_small Producer Shea Shackelford worked with an 8th grade class at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Washington, DC.  While studying the concept of "gentrificaiton," they spent a week interviewing neighbors and businesses of the Logan Circle area about the transitions occuring in their neighbornood. 

NYC Borough Pride (+ Gentrification)

From Youth Mic | 05:35

High School student Aliana interviews people about their favorite borough

Default-piece-image-0 Aliana planned to interview friends, classmates, and adults across the city about the differences between the 5 NYC boroughs. But she found that almost everybody talked about the same phenomenon: gentrification.

Student Refugees

From World Vision Report | 07:33

20-year old Fouad and 17-year old Ahmed are from Baghdad. They don’t want their full names used for security reasons. A few years ago, they fled the violence in Iraq with their families and settled in Syria, along with about 1.5 million other Iraqis. The two joined the Iraqi Student Project, an American organization that helps young Iraqis get into American colleges. As part of a writing class in that program, Fouad and Ahmed put together an audio survival guide for Iraqis living in Syria. They call it “How to Be a Refugee in Syria.” And here it is.

Wv_podcast_icon_sm_small If you air this piece, please include a back announce saying "This piece originally aired on the World Vision Report." or "This piece came to us from the World Vision Report."

The Unurban Arises

From Ben May | 08:21

The story of a woman trying to run a struggling coffee shop which then turns into a successful little joint with cult customers.

Chapters_from_the_great_american_novel__small This is Pam talking about her unique cafe which hosts art and visual performances, selling coffee and cigarettes, as well as sandwiches and soups. Her story wasn't an easy one, it costed her hundred hour work weeks and the task of balancing two lives in one body.

Storefront Library

From Mark Saldaña | 13:44

In Boston's densest neighborhood, the Chinatown Storefront Library converted a vacant commercial space into a thriving community center. And then it was gone.

Nightwindow_400_small The Chinatown neighborhood in Boston has been without a library since 1956. And recent efforts have been tabled due to the lack of funds. But Boston Street Lab -- whose mission is to pilot cultural and civic programs in dense, urban environments -- came up with their own plan. For three months, they ran the Chinatown Storefront Library: an experiment in micro-urban design transformed 3,000 square feet of idle space in Boston's densest neighborhood into a thriving resource center.

I trace the lifespan of the Storefront Library and the continued efforts of the community to get a permanent branch; I also examine how walk-up cultural spaces, libraries, and small-scale organizing can serve the needs of neighborhoods neglected by city budgets.

This is the story of a community without a library, a few people with a plan, and the benefits of being nimble and thinking small.

Ghost Bikes

From Mark Saldaña | 04:26

In Portland, OR, and across the United States, Ghost Bikes mark the sites of fatal bicycle-autombile collisions.

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Gbsw14_small This short documentary explores the phenomenon of ghost bikes, makeshift monuments that artists install at the sites of fatal bicycle-automobile collisions, and how family members and community members alike make sense of the symbols. It centers on Susan Kabota, the aunt of the victim of such a collision. The documentary also explores bike culture in Portland, Oregon, and how policymakers are dealing with accidents.

Lanzhou Handdrawn Noodle House

From Chinatown Youth Radio Philadelphia | 04:10

The freshest bowl of noodles in Philadelphia Chinatown

Bowl2_small Xiaojuan Ke tells us about a small noodle house where you can often find long lines outside the door.

There's Nobody Listening

From Vermont Folklife Center Media | Part of the Youth Radio Vermont series | 03:27

Charlotte Carr interviews 18-year-old Winooski resident Ernie Bergman about his thoughts on God and organized religion.

Kidsrecordingtinmouth_medium_small This piece was created during a religion unit in Kate Toland's world history class at Winooski High School in Winooski, Vermont.

The Recorder Adventure

From andy boyd | Part of the I Am Not a Metaphor series | 05:46

by Andy Boyd, an independent Young in Phoenix, AZ. Check out his other personal essays.

024_wx_small Andy learns how to play the recorder.  Hilarity ensues.

Peculiar Privilege and the Elegy

From Littleglobe | 07:44

Ece Ergadöz, a Turkish student at the United World College, explores her relationship with her mixed ethnic roots.

Flydime_small Ece Ergadöz, a Turkish student at the United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico, explores her relationship with her mixed Turkish ethnic roots: half Kurdish and half Laz, she finds that she has somehow escaped being subjected to the prejudice facing her ethnic minority friends from other countries.

Summer on 64th

From Curie Youth Radio | 01:58

Tonette sends an audio postcard from her favorite Chicago block: we eavesdrop on the guys at the corner, see Ms. P come out onto her porch, and hear the birds announce summer's arrival.

Default-piece-image-2 Tonette shows us snapshots of the neighborhood, from the new "spying cameras" on the streetlamps to the guys on the corner, guarding a vacant lot. This is one of Tonette's favorite places to hang out during the summer. This piece was broadcast on "Eight Forty-Eight" on WBEZ 91.5 on July 5, 2005.

Shell Game

From Sam Greenspan | 06:21

On a road trip, Mario Kart inspires a complex methodology for determining who gets control of the music.

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Default-piece-image-1 On a road trip, a friend cultivates a Mario Kart-inspired complex method of deciding who gets control of music.  But on the journey, he comes to learn more about himself than the music he vies for. 

I Live In Martin Luther King Plaza; What About You?

From Curie Youth Radio | 02:42

A tour of Chicago's west side and one teenager's memories.

Images_small A teen from Chicago takes you on a tour of a neighborhood that doesn't often get toured: King Plaza on Chicago's West Side.

Insects, Frogs, and Women

From Walker Mettling | Part of the the sparkle* series | 18:26

Darker stories of love and coming of age by Providence's most exciting new writers.

Art_and_jenny_black_small   "My Education" By Jenny Nichols. "Yen" by Art Middleton. Recorded Live at the Secret Restaurant in Providence, RI on November 23rd 2010.

The Cow Gas Effect

From Terrascope Youth Radio | 03:33

Does it matter for the environment if you choose not to eat meat? Yes. Tim Griffin, professor of agriculture at Tufts University, tells us why. (WARNING: Some of the reasons are kind of gross....)

0210high_reztyr_logo-zigzag-350px_small Does it matter for the environment if you choose not to eat meat? Yes. Tim Griffin, professor of agriculture at Tufts University, tells us why. (WARNING: Some of the reasons are kind of gross....) 

Is There Such a Thing as "Good" Hair?

From KFAI | Part of the KFAI Youth News series | 06:03

The Youth News Initiative creates a platform for young women of color to give their unique perspective on issues they face in their communities.

Yni_2010_photos_130_2__small It is not uncommon for women from all cultures to fret about their hair. KFAI Intern Stephanie Perry takes a special look into why so many African American women in her neighborhood choose to disguise their natural hair with a variety of cover-ups.

Stephanie Perry is a senior at the FAIR school in downtown Minneapolis.  This is Stephanie’s second year participating in the Youth News Initiative.  She is interested in studying journalism or accounting in college.

Japanese-American granddaughter questions internment

From MPR News Stations | Part of the MPR News' Youth Series series | 06:43

Mara Kumagai Fink explores her family's experiences in the internment camps during WWII. Mara spent the summer interviewing family members and revisiting the camps with them. She wondered "Why am I angrier about it than they are?"

Mara_resized_small Mara Kumagai Fink, a senior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN set out on a quest to interview surviving family members who spent years in internment camps during WWII. Growing up, Mara's grandmother had told her that the internment was "fine." Mara didn't believe her. She visited the camps to piece together what life was like and the disruption it caused in their lives. She struggles to understand why she feels angrier than her relatives seem to.

Mara's grandfather worked for the military intelligence so he was free to come and go from the camps recruiting soldiers while his family was locked inside. This fall Congress is expected to approve Congressional Gold Medals for those Japanese Americans, including Mara's grandfather, who helped the war effort. 

Cocoa And Lazer Guns

From Littleglobe | 03:45

Interesting and scary facts about the nuts and bolts of love.

Fly_sex_small Conor Cole's commentaries, also known as "Conor-taries", are shaking things up on Audio Revolution.  This one throws a wrench in the gears with some interesting and sometimes startling facts about the nuts and bolts of love.

Greenwashing and Consumerism: Why Walmart Doesn't Care

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | 06:39

Can environmentalism, cultural theory and marketing work together? Is Walmart green beyond the bills in the cash registers? Producer Isaac Woodbury High from Blunt Youth Radio in Portland, Maine looks at greenwashing, consumerism, and authenticity through a conversation with the president of a communications firm that takes sustainability seriously. Walmart might be greener than people think, but not for the sake of "being green."

Default-piece-image-0 Can environmentalism, cultural theory and marketing work together? Is Walmart green beyond the bills in the cash registers? Producer Isaac Woodbury High from Blunt Youth Radio in Portland, Maine looks at greenwashing, consumerism, and authenticity through a conversation with the president of a communications firm that takes sustainability seriously. Walmart might be greener than people think, but not for the sake of "being green."

Different, Not Disabled: The Perception of My Mind

From WHJE | 05:47

Aspergers, in my opinion, has always been misunderstood due to it being a medical "condition." When you listen to this, I ask that you go in with an open mind, and try to imagine the best you can. I promise I'll try my best to explain what it is like to be...well, me.

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Aspergers, in my opinion, has always been misunderstood due to it being a medical "condition." People look in and try to explain something from what they see, and the behaviors they observe from the outside.

I've thought of many reasons as to what Aspergers is in a medical field, reaching concepts and ideas ranging as far as: "The mind's tendency to drop below correct brainwave frequencies and drop into a hyper-focused state."

But even my own theories fail to portray what it's like. As the cliché goes, "don't judge a book by its cover." That is all that is achieved by these studies. With information people obtained from face value, trying to figure out kids with conditions such as mine becomes a goal of trying to figure out English with algebra.

So, taking a bound away from logic, I've gone and explored my own mind, and what I found is something that can't be told, it needs to be experienced. When you listen to this, I ask that you go in with an open mind, and try to imagine the best you can. I promise I'll try my best to explain what it is like to be... well, me.



Interview with a Grandfather

From Vermont Folklife Center Media | Part of the Youth Radio Vermont series | 04:01

Chelsey interviews her grandfather about his struggle with alcoholism, and his wish that Jesus would save him.

Img0532 In this piece, Winooski High School student Chelsey Russell interviews her grandfather about his struggle with alcoholism, and the role he hopes Jesus will play in his recovery. This piece was created during a religion unit in Kate Toland's world history class at Winooski High School in Winooski, Vermont.

Remembering Barbara Jean

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | 05:02

If Pat could tell his late step-mother, Barbara Jean, one thing, it's that he probably should have listened to her advice.

Patandjoshuapresby_small Pat remembers his step-mother, Barbara Jean, from the first time they met, to the last time he saw her.  Though the 11 years in between were sometimes hard for Patrick - including a turn to juvenile crime - he remembers the care she gave him, and her incredible capacity to forgive.  Today, Patrick is doing well and is a proud father to his son.  He lives in Gray, Maine.

This piece won Third Place at the Great Northeast Radio Rally Audio Slam in January 2010.

Hustlers, Street Vendors, and Farmers

From Youth Radio | 04:02

King Anyi Howell visits a farmer's market in Los Angeles aimed
at attracting African American customers. The market wants to bring fresh
produce to a neighborhood known for fast food restaurants.

Default-piece-image-2 How do you change eating habits in a community?
Think one street corner at a time. King Anyi Howell visits a farmer's market
in Los Angeles aimed at attracting African American customers. The market
wants to bring fresh produce to a neighborhood known for fast food
restaurants.

Bernice's Digital Diary: A Ghanian Girl's Take on London Part #2

From UNICEF | 05:27

This story is free! Bernice Akuamoah celebrates her 21st birthday in London at her television station internship.

Default-piece-image-1 Bernice Akuamoah, 21, lives in Accra, Ghana, where she has just started her third year at university. She was the first person to create a Digital Diary with UNICEF Radio and Voices of Youth (UNICEF's online community for young people), using recording equipment to tell her story of teenage life in Accra in a six-part series. This past summer Bernice worked as an intern at the Al Jazeera network studios in London. She had met some of the network's staff members when they travelled to Accra to do a story about life in the city for the Al Jazeera English programme, "48". They hired Bernice to help with the programme, providing insider information about Accra. That experience led to the internship in London. During her time in the British capital, Bernice recorded another Digital Diary for UNICEF Radio and Voices of Youth - a two-part story about living and working for an international news outlet in London, seen through the eyes of a young woman from Ghana with very few experiences outside of her home country. In the first part of the story, Bernice talks about her impressions of London and how it differs from Accra. "One thing I love about London is the parks," she says. "They have lovely, large green parks where you can sit out. Another thing I love is the old architecture. There are all these old, lovely buildings that people still use, and it makes London very distinctive." At times Bernice misses her family, but overall she's having a wonderful time, she tells her diary. In a conversation with an English friend about differences between London and Accra, she observes: "If you go on the train [in London], everybody has the newspaper, but if you are in Accra and you go on a public transport you make a thousand friends by the time you get to your stop." Bernice talks with two friends who are living in London but are originally from Ghana. The young women discuss the cultural distinctions of life in the two places. "I think you should establish yourself first before you get married, especially as a woman," says one of Bernice's friends. "Nowadays everyone wants to go to school and further his or her education, and I think for a woman it's very important," the friend adds. "I just think a man will respect you more if you are educated. When he takes you out and he talks, you can talk as well. And sometimes you will be more sensible than the man sitting beside you! "I just think its better and I would encourage any and all girls out there to get back into education."