Taking a bound away from logic, I've gone and explored my own mind, and what IÂ found is something that can't be told, it needs to be experienced. When you listen to this, I ask that you go in with an open mind,Â and try toÂ imagine the best you can. I promise I'll try my best to explain what it is like to be… well,Â me.
Young people are often called "invincibles" in the parlance of the health insurance industry. For the most part, we don't have chronic health issues, we heal quickly, and then only need to see a doctor at a regularly scheduled time. But that doesn't mean that we don't have our own set of health care issues and one of those issues is access.
In this report from Priya Mirmira and Grace Bronson of Y-Press, we hear stories from two teenagers about how they're health care access was put in jeopardy and became cost-prohibitive when their parents lost the job through which they were getting insurance. With real numbers in personal anecdotes, the giant, confusing mass that is U.S. health care reform becomes a little more understandable.
Hear the rest of the series on health care and youth that Y-Press produced here on PRX.
Music in this episode is by Glasser. This track, Tremel, is available as a free download on Stereogum.
There are a few staid themes in youth reporting, and I'm sure I'll feature pieces that touch on all of them in the next few months. They're the DANGER topics, the ones that lend themselves to moralizing and giving adults a platform to tell teens what they should do: teen pregnancy, drugs and alcohol, gang violence, etc. Teenagers' relationships with police officer figure greatly into the last two. Quinn Andrews is a reporter at Y-Press in Indianapolis, Indiana and after meeting with a group of teens to get their opinions on how police treat them, he went and interviewed to officers, a rookie and a veteran, about how they perceive the Youth.
Check out that piece Quinn refers to in the interview, where Y-Press had a roundtable with young people about their opinions on police officers, here.
Do you have a story about a police officer being less than respectful to you, whether you are young or not-so-young? How about a story of an officer being helpful or friendly? (I remember this one guy pulling up to a light next to me and my friend and just asking, "How are you doing today?")
When I think of police and teenagers though, I always think of this viral YouTube clip of a Baltimore police officer hassling some skateboarders. It is pretty riveting and upsetting, since it's the textbook example of what a lot of people think of when theythink of bad cops. This officer may be a jerk, but that boy he shoves around? His family is suing him for $6 million. Who's overreacting now? They go to trial in October.