Youth EB Picks: Preparing for College from Open Orchard Productions

November 27, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Sara Wiser

shutterstock_141582367Think back to when you were a freshman in high school, all the excitement and nerves of going to a new school. "Preparing for College" from Open Orchard Productions sums this up in a perfect way. I couldn't relate to this story any more than I did!

As a high school senior, I know exactly what the producer is going through: all the pressure, expectations, focus, drive, competition, etc. I can relate to it all. I enjoyed all the different perspectives, which showed the real diversity of a high school. This piece had some great information. All the interviews provided good insight and very relative advice. Any high school student across the nation can relate to this piece. In the end, I have felt all the frustrations, joys and stresses that the piece spoke about. All of the comments were spot on.

"Focus on the journey, not the destination" is the quote I got from listening to this piece. I would recommend listening to this piece to anyone that is in high school or preparing for college. Finally, the music carried the piece in a very engaging way. Job well done!! This story is definitely worth a listen for anyone who is looking for an inspiring piece to teach you to live in the moment and to focus on the journey, not the destination.

Youth EB Picks: How We Relax: Teenagers and Stress

August 20, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Phuong Tseng

Photo: anhgemus

Photo: anhgemus

After reviewing 4 different youth-produced audio pieces, I would like to recommend Ali Ankeny’s piece, How We Relax: Teenagers and Stress. I enjoyed this piece a lot because it was beautifully and thoroughly edited from the beginning till the end. This piece also helps its listeners to feel relaxed while listening; therefore, the producer successfully makes her listeners experience with this podcast a pleasant as well as a stressless one.

I hope everyone checks it out by clicking this link:

For more description about this podcast, you may look at my comments about the piece below:

Ali Ankeny, a 10th grade City High School student in Tucson, Arizona, is very stressed out about her school assignments, exams, and when she loses things. Ali wants to find ways to reduce stress by interviewing her classmates and friends for some ideas. This piece, How We Relax: Teenagers and Stress, is a vox pop of Ali classmates’ voices and ideas about ways to relieve stress. These ideas include taking naps, eating, laying down while cuddling with their pets, drinking tea, listening to music and so on. Ali shares some of these activities such as working out, doing yoga, and dancing.

I think Ali’s voice draws her audience to listen to her podcast. By providing facts about stress and its impact on teenagers’ brain function, Ali draws her audience into the piece and makes them curious about what her story entails. I also like that Ali asks her friend to play a quick guitar song; that part adds a lot to the mood of the story and allows me to feel very relaxed and stressless.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Descriptive Words: Restful, Comfortable, and Mellow