Hustlers, Street Vendors, and Farmers by King Anyi Howell of Youth Radio

June 1, 2011 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

One of my friends likes to make fun of farmer’s markets. Bikes! Hummus! Organic! Sustainable! He thinks it’s a bunch of yuppie stuff. And sometimes I have to agree: 6 dollar loaves of bread? 5 dollars a pound for tomatoes? I know I’m supporting the local growers, but I can't live like I have the money I think I should have.

Class division, and therefore in a lot of urban areas, race division, can make for food issues that go beyond having a farmer’s market in your hood. (Ever hear of food deserts?) King Anyi Howell visits a farmer's market in Los Angeles aimed at attracting black customers. The market wants to bring fresh produce to a neighborhood known for fast food restaurants.

Sarah Zhang, commenting on the piece on PRX, thinks this one is a little too local in topic for all listeners, but she (as well as your host) was impressed by the writing, editing, and voicing on this feature. Something to learn from Youth Radio producer and reporter King Anyi Howell.


Above is a photo from the Harambee market taken by Mr. Howell. His blog hasn't been active in awhile, but he has produced some great reports and commentaries for Youth Radio and for NPR. Check his work and be inspired.

Music in this episode is from a free album by artist Kurobear. You can download it at the Free Music Archive. It's chill. And dope.

Dumpster Diving by Rebecca Barker of the Alaska Teen Media Institute

February 9, 2011 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Slightly safer and cleaner dumpster diving for books in NYC.

There’s so many recession stories out there of how people are saving money and hustling to make ends meet. So what’s the most extreme thing you’ve heard of people doing? Well, for me, it’s dumpster diving.

Get to know Connor the dumpster diver. He looks for food, clothes, and pretty much anything else people throw away that is still useful.

But it’s not just a piece about “Hey, check out this wacky guy and the wacky things he does.” Reporter Rebecca Barker of the Alaska Teen Media Institute finds out why climbing into a dumpster, while thrifty and pretty rock n’ roll, is culturally taboo, sometimes illegal, and definitely unclean.

Now, you don't have to get slimy and dirty to have fun and maybe pick up some free goodies. The Internet will lead you toward free and cheap things to do and consume in, and let us know of things going on in your area!

Intro and outro music is Never ending story by Scappare di Casa / CC BY-NC 3.0
Photo CC Licensed by Special KRB on Flickr.

Youth Health Care Overview by Priya Mirmira and Grace Bronson of Y-Press

May 19, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

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.