Youth EB Picks: How We Relax: Teenagers and Stress

August 20, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Phuong Tseng

Photo: anhgemus

Photo: anhgemus

After reviewing 4 different youth-produced audio pieces, I would like to recommend Ali Ankeny’s piece, How We Relax: Teenagers and Stress. I enjoyed this piece a lot because it was beautifully and thoroughly edited from the beginning till the end. This piece also helps its listeners to feel relaxed while listening; therefore, the producer successfully makes her listeners experience with this podcast a pleasant as well as a stressless one.

I hope everyone checks it out by clicking this link:

For more description about this podcast, you may look at my comments about the piece below:

Ali Ankeny, a 10th grade City High School student in Tucson, Arizona, is very stressed out about her school assignments, exams, and when she loses things. Ali wants to find ways to reduce stress by interviewing her classmates and friends for some ideas. This piece, How We Relax: Teenagers and Stress, is a vox pop of Ali classmates’ voices and ideas about ways to relieve stress. These ideas include taking naps, eating, laying down while cuddling with their pets, drinking tea, listening to music and so on. Ali shares some of these activities such as working out, doing yoga, and dancing.

I think Ali’s voice draws her audience to listen to her podcast. By providing facts about stress and its impact on teenagers’ brain function, Ali draws her audience into the piece and makes them curious about what her story entails. I also like that Ali asks her friend to play a quick guitar song; that part adds a lot to the mood of the story and allows me to feel very relaxed and stressless.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Descriptive Words: Restful, Comfortable, and Mellow

 

Signal: Coming of Age in the Era of Trayvon

July 23, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

signaljuly2013This month's Signal pauses to listen. From Youth Radio's Coming of Age in the Era of Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin to an hour-long special on African American masculinity from Chicago Public Radio, the National Black Programming Consortium and PRX, we're stepping back to hear what young people have to say. Plus new apps and opportunities to connect you with hearing and making stories.

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Youth EB Picks: Wise Words of our Parents from City High Radio

July 5, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Kamna Shastri

Words of Our Parents ImageBefore I clicked ‘play’ and heard City High Radio'sThe Words of Our Parents’, I was expecting some sort of confession about how irritating parents really are. That is not what this piece is. The producer, Grace, does a beautiful job putting together this vox-pop piece, which is more like a conversation than your average vox pop. By asking only one question in the beginning and stringing on answers from various people, Grace puts together little nuggets of insight in a very powerful way. The casual style of the piece – no copy, just cuts – makes its messages all the more resonant with the listener.
This piece is a reminder to take the words our parents say to heart. While listening, I was transported to a place reminiscent of the safety that only parents can give. There are mixed anecdotes of things parents have said, some hurtful, some true; the wide variety only supports the idea that parents wish the best for their children.
One thing I felt would enhance this piece is a follow up. Such a follow up might be to ask the same question Grace asks to the parents rather than the children.

Maybe it is because of a personal recognition of how not to take parents for granted, but this piece to me is pretty flawless; it turns the little things our parents say into perhaps some of the biggest wisdoms of our lives.

Youth EB Picks: What We Are Thankful For by City High Radio

December 3, 2012 in GPRX Blog by Connor Parker

November is a month during which we all think about who and what we are thankful for in our lives, and I got to listen to a piece that embodies this spirit. "What We Are Thankful For" by City High Radio gave me a chance to hear what other kids are thinking about this holiday season, all while making me think about the age-old question myself: "What are you thankful for this year?" Everyone can use a little deep thinking like that, as it yields a sense of appreciation that works wonders leading up to the generous and philanthropic month of December. So check out this piece and think about what you're thankful for this year.

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.