Open Orchard Productions show

Open Orchard Productions

Summary: A podcast dedicated to true teen stories from all walks of life.


 The Elements 112: Saving the Vaquitas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:04

Driven by a desire to preserve the earth, high school senior William Whittenbury attacks the dire situation of an endangered porpoise. William hopes to change the fate of the vaquitas through stewardship and advocacy. Anika Jensen reports.

 The Harvest 150: Superstitions Are Real | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:08

What she calls “real,” others may call superstition. Sarah Levai, a Romanian immigrant to the United States, came with hopes and dreams, but also with almost every superstition imaginable.

 The Harvest 149: Cancer Changes Everything | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:58

When I was twelve years old, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, four years later, mom and I reflect on how cancer brought us closer together. Katie Wilhem reports.

 The Core 122: Blood Isn’t Always Thicker Than Water | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:13

When Abby was born, her mother knew she couldn’t keep her. Luckily for Abby, a loving family had been looking for a child just like her. Julia Hitzel reports.

 The Elements 120: Living Purpose | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:43

In an interview with Kitty and Michael Dukakis, journalist Katia Hauser explores the benefits and risks of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in treating depression. Kitty shares her first hand experience with ECT and the ways it changed her life, and Michael provides the perspective of a family member.

 The Harvest 148: Why I Hate Surprise Parties | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:06

Many young, American girls can’t help but anticipate their sweet 16th birthday. For Julie Trell though, her surprise 16th birthday celebration was one she would rather forget. Audrey Trell reports.

 The Harvest 144: Operating a Crane at the Port 150 Feet High | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:01

Frank Kostrencich has been working the night shift as a crane operator at the Port of Los Angeles for the past 26 years. Using his precision and expertise at 15 stories high to unload the cargo from ships is no easy task.

 The Harvest 147: A Midwest Road Trip Gone Wrong | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:24

Packed in one car, Elaine Manis, her six siblings, and her mother set out on a trip from the small town of Forgan, Oklahoma, to the seaside town of Corpus Christi, Texas. What could go wrong? Emma Manis reports.

 The Harvest 146: Brace Yourself | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:36

Train-Tracks. Metal-Mouth.  Brace-Face. Whatever you call them, getting braces as a teenager seems to be a stereotypical right of passage. However, there is a shocking divide in the perception of braces between 7-year-olds and 17-year-olds. Miranda de Moraes reports.

 The Harvest 145: Silence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:40

Today, Americans seem to lack any type of silence in their lives. Silence should be a source of solace, but the modern mind is often discontent when unstimulated. Are you satisfied in silence? Kristalyn Benson reports.

 The Core 121: Kupatia | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:52

High School Senior, Eavan Burke, had a life changing experience on the tea plantations of Kenya, Africa. She decided to aid to the workers by creating a 100% non-profit organization. For more information, visit Danielle Keshtkar reports.

 The Core 120: Change is Challenging | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:04

The summer before her sophomore year of high school, Audrey’s parents filed for a divorce. This momentous change affected her views on family, marriage, and love. Lindsey Staub reports.

 The Core 119: Hometown Unknown | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:03

Within Taylor’s 16 years, she has lived in eight places all over the country. Taylor explains the impact moving has had on her life and how each place has shaped her as a person. Ava Dahle reports.

 The Harvest 143: SoundsLA - Fire Engine Sirens | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:01

Fire engines roar through the city with their sirens warning cars to move out of the way. For most of us, these sirens are nothing more than that, a passing warning. To Tom Ewald though, a fire fighter of over 30 years, those sirens mean much more.

 Fresh Picked 109: Marlena Anna - Manufacturing an Image | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:33

As an aspiring singer who is anticipating the release of her upcoming EP, every post Marlena Anna makes advertises a distinct image she wants to project. Participating in an industry where the number of followers, likes, and comments determine a musician’s importance, Marlena finds herself portraying an idealized version of herself.


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