Youth EB Picks: Superman Gets Dumped and Batman Returns… Our Phone Call

September 4, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Milton Guevara

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Superman Gets Dumped and Batman Returns… Our Phone Call” is unlike any radio show I’ve heard. It is a quirky show hosted by Graphite Girl (Madeline Ewbank) and Wonder Man (Srikar Penumaka) of RadioActive Youth Media. It is mostly fiction and a little journalistic vox-pop tied in.

In the vox pop part of the program, “ordinary citizens” share what they wish their superpowers could be. Many of the responses are classic ones like flying and invisibility, though be sure to listen for some super-cool superpower ideas.

In the next bit of the program, the humor surprised me. Graphite Girl conducted a phone interview with the Batman. While superheroes tend to be charming and sociable, the Dark Knight’s personality is definitely one of a kind. In the interview, Batman was off-putting and seemed to be giving his interviewer a tough time.

Not all of the program was goofy fun. The last story of the program was a serious account about a superhero’s love life. Lois Lane tells her story about what it’s like to date, and break up with, the Man of Steel. Her story is intimate and the details feel real. In the story, Lois becomes insecure. She feels she doesn’t deserve to be with Superman. Though many of us won’t be dating a superhero any time soon, the story is relatable. There are times when we all feel inferior to someone close.

“Superman Gets Dumped…” is entertaining and deep. The producers invite listeners to have fun.

Youth EB Picks: A Tune To Change The Way We Act from RadioActive Youth Media

July 31, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Milton Guevara

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I was introduced to the rap song “Thrift Shop,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, in my third period class. There was a conversation about thrifting when a classmate started singing, “I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket.” I was hooked. Now when the song comes up on the radio, you bet I’m singing along. “Thrift Shop” doesn’t come off as being the typical rap song. While many rap songs are about spending money on bling, Macklemore raps about saving money.

A Tune To Change The Way We Act  from Seattle's RadioActive Youth Media is about how the popular song has inspired its listeners to get into thrift shopping. I love this radio story. It’s engaging and fun. Those who don’t thrift shop or listen to rap could find pleasure in the writing.

One thing that strikes me is the professionalism of the piece. With smooth transitions and precise volume levels, this well-paced story is made with high quality. It held on to my attention and left me satisfied when it was finished.

In this piece, there were perspectives from a shopper who started thrifting because of the song, a thrift shop employee, and an avid thrift shopper. They share what they think of “Thrift Shop” and what their thrifting experiences have been like.

One idea that was talked about was whether thrift shopping is going to continue to be popular. The way the piece ended, it seemed the producer didn’t think so. As someone who is already a thrift shopper, I hope that thrift shopping can continue being a craze. It is economical on the wallet and sustainable for the environment. Thrifting is just cool all around.

Youth EB Picks: What Are Little Boys Made Of? from RadioActive Youth Media

March 4, 2013 in GPRX Blog by A.D. Quig

photo-4 (1)This piece about growing up transgendered is just the kind of thing the youth media landscape needs — peers talking to their peers about their part in big news. Not just because Cayden's story itself is big news — in fact, to his family this transition was just a matter of time — but because it's ordinary news that makes big issues easier to understand. It's a microcosm of a larger community that people would be well served to get to know better. Stories like this from CNN, or this from the LA times, or this from MTV, are probably just the beginning of decades of coverage on transgender issues. If we have an upcoming generation of reporters who can handle stories like Cayden's with creativity and earnestness, then I'm excited for more coverage of transgender life down the road. These kinds of stories deserve continuous noise in the new media landscape.

A great story that cracks the door open on the reality of transition inside a family – from kid to young adult, and from girl to boy. I could easily picture Cayden's room, his smile, his childhood; but also his transition – injecting himself with testosterone, standing in front of a mirror dreaming of a mustache, and playing Ken.

This story has a good use of scene setting and clip choice, with easy flowing writing and fantastic audio quality. My only gripes are that the story got a bit wordy around the 4 minute mark and lost the charm of Cayden's everyday life. If Nina could have talked to Cayden's doctor, Dad, teacher, therapist, or "showed" us instead of "telling," this story would have been darn near perfect. This is a very solid, longer form, human-driven piece that would fit nicely into a sexuality, youth focused, or gender issues programming. A great exploration of an under-covered topic. It's well worth a listen (and maybe a re-listen).