Career Advice From the President by Iman Fears of Minnesota Public Radio News

June 2, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Iman in Washington

Photo by Jakub Mosur

Iman Fears (right) was one of two teens chosen from Minnesota to attend the U.S. Sentae Youth Program. She spent a week in D.C. in early March 2010, conducting interviews and recording her thoughts in an audio diary.

In addition to meeting her senators, a chance few people have to begin with, she also met the President and Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

This inspiring report was featured as apart of Minnesota Public Radio News's Youth Radio Series.


MPR's Youth Radio Series pairs high school and college-age reporters from diverse backgrounds with an experienced MPR producer to create compelling stories for MPR News, as they say on their website. That producer is usually Sasha Aslanian. She told me that the program was created after their first youth reported piece aired. There was such an overwhelming response from listeners, they now try to deliver a youth reported piece once a month. Check out the sensational premiere, Welfare Migration by Paris Porter on PRX.

Check it out! I talked to Iman on the phone and she does give the gossip like I promised: USA chants in the White House, and staying in the same hotel as former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer when he was, uh, scandalizing himself.

(Listen to the interview!)

Music in this episode is by Deal the Villain and I.D. and Baobinga. It was found at the Free Music Archive.

Promotion in Doubt by AJ Frazier of Radio Rookies

April 7, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

ajfrazier_mediumAJ Frazier, over there on the right, is your average teenager: smart, funny, filled with potential and of course, a terrible underachiever. I can relate.

He did a report for Radio Rookies in New York City about what it meant for him when the New York City Department of Education raised the standards for passing the 8th grade and ended social promotion. That's the practice of letting failing students head on up to the next grade so they can stay with the people they relate to socially.


Coverage of youth in the media rarely represents what young people are truly facing, thinking and saying. By helping young people reach WNYC's audience of more than one million weekly listeners, WNYC's Radio Rookies has become an integral part of the station.

- Radio Rookies on who they are and what they do.

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Music in this episode is by a cool guy named Treacle from Chicago. Check out his tracks on, which is also where I spend much of my broadcast time.