Listening to: Open Orchard Productions

October 22, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

OOP_TopFeatureThough it only launched last year, Open Orchards Productions – a southern California youth radio group based at Palos Verdes High School – is making waves in the youth radio world and was recently awarded a Transom Donor Grant. Covering topics as wide ranging as addiction, loss and chocolate, the group stands out for its willingness to keep pushing its own creative boundaries.  

One example: A vox pop that asks the same question of 5-18 year olds. If you could have anything besides money, what would it be?

Youth EB Picks: Slip of the Tongue from Youth Radio

October 9, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Phuong Tseng


Photo: agnesgtr

After reviewing about 12 different youth-produced audio pieces in the past 3 months, I came across so many inspirational, empowering, motivational, and powerful stories. These pieces range from a conversation about relaxation methods, summer jobs, queer youth’s perspective of Valentine's Day, to conversations about death, greeting people with respect and many more.

Last but not least, the last piece that I would like to recommend to you all is Andriel Luis’s spoken word performance, Slip of the Tongue. This piece is a very powerful and insightful piece that offers many layers, dialogues between the poet and an individual, and visual images to understanding mainstream beauty and its negative impact on today’s youth. I was extremely excited and blown away by Andriel’s articulation and wisdom. I urge you all to listen and enjoy this intellectual piece!

For more information about my review of Slip of the Tongue, you can view the review below.

Slip of the Tongue is a deconstructive audio piece produced by Adriel Luis. Through spoken word, Adriel addresses issues that many female teenagers and women face in today’s society. Adriel touches on the social construction and internalization of mainstream standards of beauty, resistance and deconstruction of beauty in relation to ethnic identity, society’s perception and perpetuation of masculinity, and social consumption of beauty products. This is an excellent audio piece that deconstructs societal construction of beauty and reminds everyone to embrace their ethnic makeup and roots.

Lastly, I just wanted to thank Generation PRX and Jones for this amazing opportunity.


Phuong Tseng

What is PRX NXT?

October 2, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

At PRX HQ, we've been talking about how to improve PRX in a number of ways, including some exciting changes to profile pages, audio and, ultimately, listening. It's a project we're calling PRX NXT. We asked Director of Project Management Matt MacDonald, who heads up the project, to break it down. Thanks Matt!

GPRX: Take it from the top: What is PRX NXT?

Matt MacDonald, developer smarty man

Matt McDonald, PRX's Director of Project Management

Matt: PRX NXT is a significant refresh and update to the website, improving the publishing process and creating brand new piece and producer profile pages with a focus on increasing listening.

GPRX: What are the biggest changes producers will notice as it rolls out?

Matt: Producers will notice that piece pages will be updated to make it much easier for people to listen to their stories and share their work. We know that visitors to PRX often first experience a producers work via a piece page, that essentially a piece page is a homepage for PRX and the producer. With that in mind we're focusing on designing that page to encourage more listening. Right now when you visit a PRX piece page it is very much geared toward the marketplace, producers selling pieces and stations buying pieces. The most visible change will probably be how much we're improving the listening experience.

GPRX: How will these changes help producers get audio work out in the world?


Matt: I'd say the most important change that we're making relates to the listening experience. has always been an open and transparent marketplace and the listener community has just sort of come along for the ride. With PRX NXT we are creating a world-class listening destination for professional audio and storytelling producers. We want to make sure that when a producer points someone to their PRX piece or producer profile that they get a great listening experience.

GPRX: Anything else we should know?

Matt: We'd love to hear what producers at all stages of their career and experience level need to improve their work and build audience. Whether you are looking to become a professional producer or a skilled hobbyist, we want to make sure that PRX is the home for your audio stories.

Have an opinion? Fill out the PRX Producer Survey.

Signal: Coming of Age in the Era of Trayvon

July 23, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

signaljuly2013This month's Signal pauses to listen. From Youth Radio's Coming of Age in the Era of Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin to an hour-long special on African American masculinity from Chicago Public Radio, the National Black Programming Consortium and PRX, we're stepping back to hear what young people have to say. Plus new apps and opportunities to connect you with hearing and making stories.

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Youth EB Picks: East Coast Culture Shock from Youth Radio

September 10, 2012 in GPRX Blog by Rachel Snow

Out of all the pieces I listened to last month, I had to blog about "East Coast Culture Shock" from Nora Harrington of Youth Radio. Personally I was shocked to find out that there could be such ignorance at a place where people go to learn.

Diversity is a wonderful thing. I come from a small suburban town where there isn't too much of that. It's too bad that it took Nora until she went to college to realize that it's not everywhere. This piece gets right to the point and supplies multiple examples of her frustration and shock.

Wall Street Woes by Lauren Silverman of Youth Radio

October 19, 2011 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

It used to be that entering the financial sector—be it as a banker, a stock broker, maybe a hedge fund manager! Whatever they do!—was a normal, vanilla job possibility for young people. It was on the same generic shortlist as doctor, lawyer, movie star, or astronaut. But ever since the recession began at the end of 2008, spurred on by the shady dealings of people working at the highest levels of finance, those job titles have become loaded words.

Lauren Silverman used to think that Wall Street was her path. And let’s just say that when the bank bailouts happened, her dream crashed, deflated, and possibly bottomed-out, to borrow a few familiar metaphors. But guess what? Lauren found another career that has worked out for her: public radio! She now works as a producer for Weekend All Things Considered. Stay tuned after her commentary, because we talked on the phone about just how you get in the door in Washington DC and why its never too late to go back to radio.


And finally, waaah! This is the last episode that I will be hosting for YouthCast. It's been a lot of fun, meeting producers around the country over the phone and by email, listening to hours and hours of youth produced radio that, in my opinion, can far surpass the work of professionals in its honesty and originality. So I want to shout out all the young producers who make this work mostly on their own time and all the mentors who I know put a lot of their own time into these projects as well.

YouthCast will only be taking a brief a hiatus though, before your new party host, Emily Corwin, takes over on November 2nd. If you want to keep track of my antics, follow me on Twitter. Shh! It's my personal account, @mollyelena.

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.

Last Words by Hopi High students and produced by Youth Radio

March 10, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

For Hopi teenagers, and for other people growing up in native cultures, not being able to speak your language is a painful sign and clear reminder of the history of your family’s oppression. In this piece from Youth Radio, students from Hopi Junior Senior High School and their parents in Keams Canyon, Arizona wonder how they might preserve this part of their culture.

Sunset over the Hopi reservation in Keams Canyon, Arizona | Photo credit: Brett Myers


Rebecca Martin, a Youth Radio producer has this to add:

The story was produced with Hopi High School's radio class. While it was a collaborative production, Austin Coochyamptewa was the lead youth reporter.

Also appearing (in order) are: Alrye Polequaptewa, Leandra Calnimptewa, Paul Quamahongnewa, Annalese Nasafotie, Paul Quamahongnewa, Eloise Coochyamptewa, Leon Koruh, Rochelle Lomayaktewa, and DeAnn Honanie.

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Intro music: "Leyendecker" by Battles on the album Mirrored.

Outro music: "Oh No" by Andrew Bird on the album Noble Beast. Fun fact: Bird said that the intonation on the refrain was created by a crying, frightened child sitting behind him on a plane.

Budget Crisis Worries HIV-Positive Youth by Arai Buendia of Youth Radio

January 27, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

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As someone who is not too hot with understanding fiduciary theory beyond making change and how to use a credit card, most news about national and state budgets, budget cuts, mortgage crises, TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES, goes straight over my head and glazed over eyes. It's hard, damn it!

But what makes it easier is when reporters like Arai Buendia of Youth Radio put a human face to a budget crisis. These reporters shrink down the power of billions to a couple hundred dollars and let us know how these decisions are affecting our neighbors and might affect ourselves.


Hey! The State of the Union Address is on tonight (Wednesday the 27)! The President is going to be talking a lot about the national budget so watch it and try really hard to pay attention because it will affect you.

Photos by AMagill at Flickr: / CC BY 2.0

Also: podcast music is by Thunderheist and Holy F*ck, intro and outro respectively. As usual, it was found at the Free Music Archive. Thank you so much!

Energy Brat by Antony Jauregui of Youth Radio

July 1, 2009 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Antony Jauregui grew up in Los Angeles and had a moment of clarity a couple summers ago while visiting his dad's hometown in Mexico during the summer. Check out the podcast and learn how Antony went from being an Energy Brat to an Energy Evangelist.


This piece mixes a personal story, a format you hear a lot of in Youth Radio, with sound rich reporting, something of which you hear less. Here is an excerpted part of the interview (not on the podcast) where Antony and I talked about form:

(Listen to the interview)

Antony is currently a Chemistry major at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, but he's thinking of adding Botany as well. Smarty pants.



Antony and his brother on the electronics

Antony and his brother on the electronics