Radio Rookies from WNYC show

Radio Rookies from WNYC

Summary: Real stories by New York City teenagers take listeners inside their lives and their communities in this Peabody Award-winning youth journalism initiative. For teens, by teens and about the challenges of teen life, Radio Rookies gives students the tools and the training to share their own stories through the medium of audio. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Snap Judgment, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Nancy and many others. Find these and more great shows at © WNYC Studios

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 The Mary Jane Mindset: Rookies report on Marijuana | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:19

Temitayo and Gemma spoke with nearly three dozen high school students who smoke weed to learn more about what they call "the Mary Jane mindset".

 Father's Day from Radio Rookies: Trying to Do it Right and Not Repeat a Father's Mistakes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:14

When people think about teen parents, they usually picture a young mom. But what about the dads?

 Tough to the Corps: Teen Girl Wants to Join Marines | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 8:21

Cece Rodriguez may be tiny at 5 ’4”, 100 lbs, but she’s physically strong. Despite her family’s concerns, she dreams of testing her toughness by enlisting in the U.S. Marines.

 Sickle and Me | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:02

Nearly 100,000 Americans suffer from a disorder called Sickle Cell Anemia. Radio Rookie Bree Person hates talking about Sickle cells – but she put together this report nevertheless.

 American Dream - Minus My Mom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 8:26

At 17-years-old Tangeneka Taylor moved to the U.S from Guyana with her dad and sister. Along with having to adjust to a new country, she’s had to adjust to life without her mom.

 Eyes Off the Goal: When Sports Rule and School Suffers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:29

Fresh grass. Freedom. Success. That was the sensation Edward Munoz experienced every time he walked onto a soccer field. But in school, he felt like he wasn’t meant to be there.

 My Education, Uninterrupted | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 8:23

In New York City the high school graduation rate for black males was 28 percent in 2010. Radio Rookie Mike Brown is a young black man living in Harlem and being raised by a single mom.

 Not the 'Right' Kind of Gay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 8:27

In some ways, being feminine made life harder for Dakota than his sexuality.

 We Just Don't Talk: One Family's Silence about Dating Abuse | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:05

When 18-year-old Radio Rookie Mari Santos recognized that her older sister Alison was in abusive relationship, the hardest part was figuring out how to talk to her about it.

 Seeking an End to Cycles of Abuse | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:22

Destiny Mabry had a lot in common with her older sister: a love of dance, a bright smile, and excellent jump rope skills. They also both had experience with abusive relationships.

 Why Do I Stay? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:28

Rainy wanted to understand why she stayed with an older boyfriend who humiliated and physically abused her. So she spent two years reporting from inside the relationship.   

 Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter A | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:30

Many teenagers live half their lives on social media sites, and they're writing the rules as they go. One online trend Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle finds disturbing is "slut-shaming" 

 Nine People, One Bedroom: A Teen's Take on Life In Poverty | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:52

Jairo Gomez's nine-person family lives in a one-bedroom apartment. He knows education is the way out of poverty, but sometimes being poor makes it difficult to make good choices.

 American Heaven | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:49

Aired December, 2012. Danielle was 13 when she left her home and her mother in the Congo.  She came to New York to pursue the American dream, but she wound up living in a homeless shelter. 

 Who's Going to Protect Me? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 8:34

Aired November, 2010. 17-year-old Radio Rookie Edwin Llanos has grown up in neighborhoods where police stop kids all the time -- and a lot of those kids don’t trust cops to help when they're in need. Last year, when Edwin got into a tough situation, he wasn't sure who to turn to.


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