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!


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.

Just Add Water: Life in Arizona by Terrascope Youth Radio

August 5, 2009 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Most of us know, basically, where the water that comes out of our tap was from originally. In Chicago, I drink Lake Michigan. When I lived in Maine, I drank Lake Sebago. But if you live in the American Southwest, where lakes are few and far between, your drinking water is coming from a number of places.


Lake Mead, Arizona, the body of water created by the Hoover Dam. Check those falling water lines! Creative Commons photo by flickr user kyle simourd.

A whole slew of reporters from Terrascope Youth Radio (Ashley Brown, Carmen Chan, Jennifer deBruijn, Elise Hens, Elizabeth Jones, Yusung John Lim, Margaret Lloyd, Tyler Thompson, Andrew Wimmer, and Michelle Slosberg) produced this in depth story about water in Arizona, from just about every angle they could see: legal, political, personal, environmental, and a few more. Listen up to the YouthCast.


Terrascope Youth Radio is made up of a bunch of rogue science reporters from Cambridge. As they say about themselves, "It's radio about scientists trying to figure out how nature works, and also about ordinary people who care about the world around them."

I also used to live in Colorado, where until earlier this summer, it was illegal to drink the rain water you collect in barrels. Because rain, obviously, belongs to people before it even falls out of the sky. The Colorado Springs Gazette explains the law change. Here's what I'm wondering: where does your tap water come from? If you wanna take a second and tell us where you live and where your water came from, it would be for the greater good.

Music in this podcast is by The Sounds of Taraab / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0, from the WFMU Free Music Archive.