Youth EB Picks: Preparing for College from Open Orchard Productions

November 27, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Sara Wiser

shutterstock_141582367Think back to when you were a freshman in high school, all the excitement and nerves of going to a new school. "Preparing for College" from Open Orchard Productions sums this up in a perfect way. I couldn't relate to this story any more than I did!

As a high school senior, I know exactly what the producer is going through: all the pressure, expectations, focus, drive, competition, etc. I can relate to it all. I enjoyed all the different perspectives, which showed the real diversity of a high school. This piece had some great information. All the interviews provided good insight and very relative advice. Any high school student across the nation can relate to this piece. In the end, I have felt all the frustrations, joys and stresses that the piece spoke about. All of the comments were spot on.

"Focus on the journey, not the destination" is the quote I got from listening to this piece. I would recommend listening to this piece to anyone that is in high school or preparing for college. Finally, the music carried the piece in a very engaging way. Job well done!! This story is definitely worth a listen for anyone who is looking for an inspiring piece to teach you to live in the moment and to focus on the journey, not the destination.

Youth EB Picks: Future of Youth from WTIP

September 3, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Phuong Tseng

For my October reviews, I took less time to decide which one I wanted to select as my favorite. It was obvious to me that I liked “Future of Youth” by Sterling Anderson of WTIP because it explores youth’s questions, minds, and worries about college and the future of many youth in the 21st century. I also had these worries and questions when I was a high school senior applying to colleges; I understand these high school students’ inquiries. One particular statement that Sterling states inspires me: He tells his audience that he believes that he will be able to chase his dreams like his parents did and will work hard to be as successful and as good or better than his parents.

For more description about this "Future of Youth," you may look at my comments about the piece below:

Sterling Anderson, a high school senior, has been hearing a lot from his classmates and friends about life after college. It makes him wonder whether “today’s youth will have as good of a life as their parents did.” In “Future of Youth,” Sterling explores this question by asking his peers at school for their opinions. Many of them are concerned that they might not be able to go to college, pay for college, or have a better life after college. Some think that they are overeducated; they are getting degrees that they do not necessarily need; they have job qualifications but cannot obtain a job, so they are struggling. With these opinions and concerns in mind, Sterling finds an alternative point of view to address these concerns. He believes that he will be able to chase his dreams like his parents did and will work hard to be as successful and as good or better than his parents.

This audio piece consists of two sections of vox pop and Sterling’s narration as transitions. He does a fantastic job presenting the topic, providing people’s opinions and concerns to help his audience know that there are many people who are dealing with this issue, and keeping his audience interested in hearing his perspective about his conclusion. Future of Youth is a wonderful piece that explores youth’s concerns about their future and success; Sterling’s perspective will comfort many youth and motivate them to be as good or better than their parents.

Words: Connected, Enlightened, and Inspired.

IOU: Stories of Student Debt from Columbia College Chicago

May 21, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

Photo Credit: ~jjjohn~

Photo Credit: ~jjjohn~

Is college worth it? Don't miss this ambitious half-hour program on student debt from those who know, IOU: Stories of Student Debt from Columbia College Chicago. How much do they know? Their class of documentary radio students holds a combined student debt of over $300,000. And that's normal.

IOU takes a wide-ranging look at this generation's most pressing financial problem, from stories about high school students beginning to grasp the reality of $54,000 yearly tuition, to living with debt, to the complexities of borrowing money… from friends.

I Didn't Know That (You Were a Muslim) by Tali Singer

November 17, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

When Beth first started college, she knew she was interested in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. But when she began taking classes, she found she was more interested in the spirituality of Islam than its politics. Then, in 2008, this 6-foot-tall, Irish-Catholic girl from upstate New York made the decision to convert to Islam. A confident, and deep-thinking young woman, Beth describes how this new identity feels natural to her even when it is causing tension in her family.

I Didn't Know That (You Were A Muslim) is a short portrait of Beth's spiritual journey by independent producer Tali Singer. After the story, listen to a conversation Tali and I had about finding a good story and why being an independent producer is not for everyone.


Couple links to help y'all out: In our conversation, Tali mentions apprenticing with Dmae Roberts and what a grant-writing beast Dmae is. In fact, she is a such an expert, she a has a great, resourceful blog on the topic: Funding Your Bliss. This is well worth a look through if you are setting out on your own for any project for which you need funding.

Tali and I also talk about the Third Coast International Audio Festival, where we met! Third Coast is a radio conference and competition for audio producers. Tali was part of the Pitch Panel, a session that allowed producers to pitch their stories face to face with editors of  national shows and popular podcasts. Listen to both of those pitch sessions here and here, along with more session audio from Third Coast if you can't make it until 2012. Tali mentions that this conference was overwhelming (and I agree!), so we both should have reviewed Dmae's article on Conference Mapping.

Hear more of Tali's profiles over at PRX.

Intro music is called Journey To The Moon by DjCode / CC BY-SA 3.0

Outro music is called Mamma Roots Daddy by Lax-o-mat / CC BY-SA 3.0