Chicago Youth Poetry Festival: LTAB

April 23, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

After the events in Boston in last week, many of us are needing an injection of hope. And while the topics that the young poets in the Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival tackle are often painful, the way in which these young people use words will give you hope. Raw talent, passionate delivery, gifted insight. Louder Than A Bomb is exactly that: words more powerful than violence.

Enjoy the whole series from WBEZ on PRX.


I'll Be Sittin' by Keith "Blu" Warfield from the Louder Than A Bomb 2010 Series

March 23, 2011 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Performers at Louder Than A Bomb 2010 by Flickr user cvyn2010

The Louder Than A Bomb poetry slam in Chicago just wrapped up a few weeks ago. This gathering of literary young people is ostensibly a competition, but when you look it up in the news, its always hard to find out who the winners were. Why? Well, because LTAB is about anything but winning. Like most poetry slams, its an event for storytellers, people who have intensely funny, intensely scary, intensely romantic, and of course, intensely personal stories to tell. How are you supposed to really judge something like that?
From a series of recordings from last year's slam, I wanted to share a poem by Keith "Blu" Warfield. It's about the moment he and his girlfriend first looked at each other and were like, "Oh yeah. It's on." I'm a sucker for a good love story.
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Listen to some of this year's contestant's over at WBEZ Chicago's website. WBEZ is a media sponsor for Louder Than A Bomb and they also give me a paycheck for hosting a show on Vocalo. Full disclosure and plug for me!
Intro music: Rage Against Death (Stouffi The Stouves) / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Outro music: Death Proof (Fancy Mike) / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Both were found at the deliciously eclectic Free Music Archive.

Summer on 64th by Tonette of Curie Youth Radio

August 11, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Ain't the South Side of Chicago gorgeous?

I live in the great city of Chicago and not only has summer begun, it is in full sweltering, mosquito biting, leaf wilting, sweaty armpitting FORCE. Hey, no one lives here for the weather. But before it really got started, I have to take myself back to the beginning when summer was actually light and breezy, filled with chirping birds and neighbors out and about.

This week's feature, about the very beginning of summer here in the Second City, comes from Tonette of Curie Youth Radio. Summer on 64th is short and sweet so regardless of whether you live in the sultry Midwest, or the breezy coasts, you can get outside and enjoy your summer because one thing's for sure: in a few months time, you'll wish you were this sticky again.

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The newly installed camera that Tonette mentions. Thanks, Google!

Music in this episode is by YACHT. You can download their album, See Mystery Lights, for free because it is all up on the Free Music Archive.

Radio Arte | First Voice

September 15, 2009 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

If you're sitting near your computer (or near a radio if you live on the west side of Chicago) at 6 pm Central time (that's 7 EST, 5 Mountain, and 4 Pacific), tune in to Radio Arte's First Voice or Primera Voz at wrte.org or 90.5 FM. It's a talk show that features young voices hashing it out about issues local and global. Check out Radio Arte's website while you're at it. It's pretty slick and the station is one of the few entirely youth programmed in the country. And if you're in Chicago, head to Pilsen to actually visit the studio. They have an awesome store-front broadcasting room.

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