Homestead Childhood by Grace Edgerton of City High Radio

May 18, 2011 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

A homestead cabin in Wisconsin

It’s a childhood dream, to grow up in the wild, close to nature, maybe in a tree-house, Swiss Family Robinson style. But in reality, it might not be as easy as the picture books show. Grace Edgerton grew up on a homestead out in the Arizona desert, initially living in tents before the house was built.

She now lives in Tucson and attends City High School, a small charter school with an awesome radio program. And when it came time for her to make a feature, there was no other question as to what story Grace would tell: her own.

This episode includes an interview with the producer herself!

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The book I reference in my interview with Grace is called This Life Is In Your Hands, by Melissa Coleman. It's about another childhood spent going "back to the land" in Maine, that ends quite tragically.

The music in this episode is by Toumani Diabate, a master of the kora, a 21 string harp from Mali.

Last Words by Hopi High students and produced by Youth Radio

March 10, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

For Hopi teenagers, and for other people growing up in native cultures, not being able to speak your language is a painful sign and clear reminder of the history of your family’s oppression. In this piece from Youth Radio, students from Hopi Junior Senior High School and their parents in Keams Canyon, Arizona wonder how they might preserve this part of their culture.

Sunset over the Hopi reservation in Keams Canyon, Arizona | Photo credit: Brett Myers

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Rebecca Martin, a Youth Radio producer has this to add:

The story was produced with Hopi High School's radio class. While it was a collaborative production, Austin Coochyamptewa was the lead youth reporter.

Also appearing (in order) are: Alrye Polequaptewa, Leandra Calnimptewa, Paul Quamahongnewa, Annalese Nasafotie, Paul Quamahongnewa, Eloise Coochyamptewa, Leon Koruh, Rochelle Lomayaktewa, and DeAnn Honanie.

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Intro music: "Leyendecker" by Battles on the album Mirrored.

Outro music: "Oh No" by Andrew Bird on the album Noble Beast. Fun fact: Bird said that the intonation on the refrain was created by a crying, frightened child sitting behind him on a plane.