I Didn't Know That (You Were a Muslim) by Tali Singer

November 17, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

When Beth first started college, she knew she was interested in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. But when she began taking classes, she found she was more interested in the spirituality of Islam than its politics. Then, in 2008, this 6-foot-tall, Irish-Catholic girl from upstate New York made the decision to convert to Islam. A confident, and deep-thinking young woman, Beth describes how this new identity feels natural to her even when it is causing tension in her family.

I Didn't Know That (You Were A Muslim) is a short portrait of Beth's spiritual journey by independent producer Tali Singer. After the story, listen to a conversation Tali and I had about finding a good story and why being an independent producer is not for everyone.


Couple links to help y'all out: In our conversation, Tali mentions apprenticing with Dmae Roberts and what a grant-writing beast Dmae is. In fact, she is a such an expert, she a has a great, resourceful blog on the topic: Funding Your Bliss. This is well worth a look through if you are setting out on your own for any project for which you need funding.

Tali and I also talk about the Third Coast International Audio Festival, where we met! Third Coast is a radio conference and competition for audio producers. Tali was part of the Pitch Panel, a session that allowed producers to pitch their stories face to face with editors of  national shows and popular podcasts. Listen to both of those pitch sessions here and here, along with more session audio from Third Coast if you can't make it until 2012. Tali mentions that this conference was overwhelming (and I agree!), so we both should have reviewed Dmae's article on Conference Mapping.

Hear more of Tali's profiles over at PRX.

Intro music is called Journey To The Moon by DjCode / CC BY-SA 3.0

Outro music is called Mamma Roots Daddy by Lax-o-mat / CC BY-SA 3.0

Hello! Nice To Meet You!

June 23, 2009 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Daring Journalist!I'm Molly Adams, the new YouthCast host and I'm very excited to be here! I'll be broadcasting from Chicago, Illinois where I live. Other things I do: I hang out on-air as a host and producer at Vocalo.org (see pic below, I'm hiding in the back corner), I work in a restaurant because I love food and working in public radio doesn't always make ends meet, I ride my bike everywhere, and I go see movies, concerts, plays, and comedy shows, because I live in a big city where that kind of stuff is happening all the time. I also freelance every once in a while, willing to take all kinds of risks, like over there to the right. Yes, I'm willing to get very uncomfortable and hot and dorky-looking for a killer story about… kayaking.

At Vocalo.org, way back in the corner!One of the biggest reasons I'm excited to be here is that I love youth radio. I am a graduate of Blunt Youth Radio in Portland, Maine, my hometown, and I started a student-run digital music channel at KRCC in Colorado Springs, Colorado, while I was going to school at Colorado College. Now that I've been out of school for a year, I'm pumped up to be back in the game of working with "the Youngs," as I like to call us.

Some new things to look forward to in the coming months: More Internet fun! I'm hoping to keep this blog filled up with content, so check back more often. Find links to audio, video, pictures, articles, anything that entertains me and, therefore, might entertain you. This will probably be the longest text post you'll ever see here. And of course, the podcast. Look forward to that every other week and start sending me ideas and leads. Check out my Favorites at PRX to see what I'm listening to and perhaps preview something that might be on YouthCast…