On the Trail with His Dogs by Ishmael Streever of the Alaska Teen Media Institute

March 9, 2011 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

As a kid who read the Jack London novels Call of the Wild and White Fang and saw their movie adaptations, as well
as Iron Will, I am now forever enchanted by sled dog racing. And the organizers of the Iditarod in Alaska play off that sentiment, billing it as “The Last Great Race on Earth.” And while I still dream of someday racing it, I know in my heart that that is a tough reality to achieve. It takes years of training, thousands of dollars, and a much tougher disposition than my own.

Seiji Takagi, pictured at right, started mushing when he was in second grade. And if you look at the bios of almost all of the people who ran the Junior Iditaord this year, they say they started racing as young as four but at least in elementary school. The dream dies a little more each year…

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The Iditarod is now in it'a fourth day. Follow along on the official website.

Sound like a pro: SB Nation has compiled a recent and long past history of the race, coupled with facts about the current crop of mushers.

Over on Change.org, a writer shows what he sees as corporate irresponsibility in Target's endorsement of the Iditarod (under what I think is a sensational headline.) In the comments on that post,  there is a smart debate about whether the sport is cruel or needlessly pushes the dogs. Good points are made all around. Jump in the convo yourself on the Iditarod Forums.

Dumpster Diving by Rebecca Barker of the Alaska Teen Media Institute

February 9, 2011 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Slightly safer and cleaner dumpster diving for books in NYC.

There’s so many recession stories out there of how people are saving money and hustling to make ends meet. So what’s the most extreme thing you’ve heard of people doing? Well, for me, it’s dumpster diving.

Get to know Connor the dumpster diver. He looks for food, clothes, and pretty much anything else people throw away that is still useful.

But it’s not just a piece about “Hey, check out this wacky guy and the wacky things he does.” Reporter Rebecca Barker of the Alaska Teen Media Institute finds out why climbing into a dumpster, while thrifty and pretty rock n’ roll, is culturally taboo, sometimes illegal, and definitely unclean.

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Now, you don't have to get slimy and dirty to have fun and maybe pick up some free goodies. The Internet will lead you toward free and cheap things to do and consume in, and let us know of things going on in your area!

Intro and outro music is Never ending story by Scappare di Casa / CC BY-NC 3.0
Photo CC Licensed by Special KRB on Flickr.

The Power of Plastic by Max Jungreis of Alaska Teen Media Institute

June 16, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

The caption of this Flickr photo by Lars Plougmann reads: My father is visibly nervous the first time my sister drives the car after having obtained her driver's license

This is a series of tales from the Alaska Teen Media Institute about the first time people got their licenses… or the first time they drove a car before even getting a license. Scandal! Max Jungreis asks the tough questions in The Power of Plastic.

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Still haven't taken that test? Here are some tips on passing.

Intro by minusbaby / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Outro beats from Childish Gambino. Listen to the whole song, but be warned that's there are some dirty words in here! I Love Clothes (Deadbeat Summer) by Childish Gambino