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Our Name is Rogelio Bautista by KRCB Voice of Youth

January 4, 2006 in Youthcast by Jones Franzel

Produced by: KRCB Voice of Youth
Licensor: KRCB Voice of Youth
Website: http://www.krcb.org/radio/voice_youth/index.htm

From the perspective of newspaper accounts and police reports, Rogelio Bautista died for a word, a color, a number, his death jotted down as just another statistic in our escalating gang war…but that's not the perspective of the four narrators of the story "Our name is Rogelio Bautista."

These four fourteen year olds knew him as the cousin they'd crammed into a tiny apartment with, the kid who they played baseball with using cans as bases, the tough hero of their neighborhood…they narrate his story in the voice of this young man. Learn more about KRCB Voice of Youth at http://www.krcb.org/radio/voice_youth/index.htm

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Where the Ink Sinks In: Interview with Teen Graffiti Taggers from Curie Youth Radio

December 28, 2005 in Youthcast by Jones Franzel

Produced by: Curie Youth Radio
Licensor: Curie Youth Radio
Website: http://www.curiehs.org/curie_youth_radio

One of the teens in this piece says, "I'll die with a spray can in my hand." This set of interviews, mixed with hip hop samples, lets us hear about the adventures, motivations, and justifications of three teens who call themselves graffiti artists. The teens in this piece are not gangbangers, nor is their graffiti gang-related. They are committed to tagging as a form of artistic expression. The interviews are candid, sometimes funny, and engaging. Teenagers Jesus Alarcon, Jesus Carlin, and Rocio Vargas were the producers and interviewers for this Curie Youth Radio piece. Learn more at http://www.curiehs.org/curie_youth_radio

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Boredom from Callie Dean of KBOO Youth Collective

December 14, 2005 in Youthcast by Jones Franzel

Produced by: Callie Dean
Licensor: KBOO Youth Collective
Website: http://www.kbooyouth.org

Dramatization of a summer day gone wrong from Callie Dean of KBOO Youth Collective. Learn more at www.kbooyouth.org

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Oakland Scenes: Snapshots of a Community from Youth Radio

December 7, 2005 in Youthcast by Jones Franzel

Produced by: Youth Radio
Licensor: Youth Radio
Website: http://www.youthradio.org

Youth Radio chronicles life in Oakland, California, where an alarming number of youth homicides has weighed heavily on the community. The story uses as its centerpiece a poem by Ise Lyfe — a retelling of Romeo and Juliet.

The killings have been a major topic of conversation in Oakland among youth, from young poets, to teens gathered on the sidewalk, to kids taking the bus home from school. A high percentage of the victims are youth, sometimes as many as three in a single week. Youth Radio documents the words of young residents in street corner conversations in East Oakland, the neighborhood where much of the violence has taken place. The voices are Youth Radio's Gerald Ward II, Bianca Yarborough, her mom Bridget Taylor, and poet Ise Lyfe. Learn more at http://youthradio.org

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Bi Chic – from Celia La Luz of outLoud Radio

November 27, 2005 in Youthcast by Jones Franzel

Produced by: Celia La Luz
Licensor: outLoud Radio
Website: http://www.outloudradio.org

Are bisexuals just "faking it?" Celia La Luz from outLoud Radio investigates. Learn more about outLoud Radio at http://outloudradio.org

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The Cost of War from S. Spencer Scott of Blunt Youth Radio

November 17, 2005 in Youthcast by Jones Franzel

Produced by: S. Spencer Scott
Licensor: Blunt Youth Radio
Website: http://www.bluntradio.org

Blunt Youth Radio Project producer S. Spencer Scott interviewed Lavinia Gelineau about the loss of her husband Chris, a young soldier who was recently killed in Iraq. Weeks later Lavinia Gelineau was murdered by her abusive father. Scott deftly weaves the two tragedies together in a thoughtful commentary about the cost of war.

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Obesity by Jennifer Rowe of WAMU Youth Voices

October 31, 2005 in Youthcast by Jones Franzel

Produced by: Jennifer Rowe
Licensor: WAMU Youth Voices
Summary: There's been a lot of controversy in the U.S. lately over obesity. WAMU reporter Jennifer Rowe explains.
Website: http://www.wamu.org/youthvoices

Review by Adrian Boyes: "Obesity starts out with Jennifer Rowe (the narrator and producer) running on a treadmill, giving her voice a panted, jolted sound, I love the piece already! Jennifer combines short, interesting, personal, interviews with facts that apply to the whole country."

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