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.

Horned Lizards of Our Nation’s Air Force by Jordan Nelson of KOSU

October 20, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Did you know that the government owns 30% of the land in the United States?  Between seven or so different bureaus, that’s over 1 million square miles of forests, rivers, giant caved faces of dead presidents, nuclear waste sites, and military testing grounds and bases.

This week’s feature is about what some inhabitants of those federal lands are up to: Horned Lizards. Jordan Nelson of KOSU in Stillwater, Oklahoma heads to Tinker Air Force Base to learn how the military and biologists are living peacefully with what are commonly known as "Horny Toads." And within this podcast, there is an interview with Jordan about what he plans to do with his Journalism degree. His secret: multimedia is the future. Enjoy!

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Learn more about horned lizards! Some species can shoot blood out of their eyelids as a defense mechanism. Pretty sweet!