Youth EB Picks: Future of Youth from WTIP

September 3, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Phuong Tseng

For my October reviews, I took less time to decide which one I wanted to select as my favorite. It was obvious to me that I liked “Future of Youth” by Sterling Anderson of WTIP because it explores youth’s questions, minds, and worries about college and the future of many youth in the 21st century. I also had these worries and questions when I was a high school senior applying to colleges; I understand these high school students’ inquiries. One particular statement that Sterling states inspires me: He tells his audience that he believes that he will be able to chase his dreams like his parents did and will work hard to be as successful and as good or better than his parents.

For more description about this "Future of Youth," you may look at my comments about the piece below:

Sterling Anderson, a high school senior, has been hearing a lot from his classmates and friends about life after college. It makes him wonder whether “today’s youth will have as good of a life as their parents did.” In “Future of Youth,” Sterling explores this question by asking his peers at school for their opinions. Many of them are concerned that they might not be able to go to college, pay for college, or have a better life after college. Some think that they are overeducated; they are getting degrees that they do not necessarily need; they have job qualifications but cannot obtain a job, so they are struggling. With these opinions and concerns in mind, Sterling finds an alternative point of view to address these concerns. He believes that he will be able to chase his dreams like his parents did and will work hard to be as successful and as good or better than his parents.

This audio piece consists of two sections of vox pop and Sterling’s narration as transitions. He does a fantastic job presenting the topic, providing people’s opinions and concerns to help his audience know that there are many people who are dealing with this issue, and keeping his audience interested in hearing his perspective about his conclusion. Future of Youth is a wonderful piece that explores youth’s concerns about their future and success; Sterling’s perspective will comfort many youth and motivate them to be as good or better than their parents.

Words: Connected, Enlightened, and Inspired.

Youth EB Picks: From Elephant Gods to Elephant Toys from WHJE

August 12, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Kamna Shastri

TempleTowersFinally, after months of looking, I’ve managed to find something related to South Asian youth. The first thing that draws you into this piece is Shivani’s voice, full of an enthusiasm to tell her story. While her school life is pretty much identical to that of any other high schooler, her life away from school is what lets her tick. This piece is an expose of that life, one filled with family, the clanging bells and chants of the temple, and the scintillating sound of anklets. The strongest point of this piece is the way Shivani has created scenes, full of sound and flavor. All the sounds captured in the piece give the listener the audible textures that make up Shivani’s life. In addition, the musical contrasts in the piece highlight the separation, or maybe the differences between Shivani’s experiences at and away from school.

This piece seemed to me more of a montage piece, a sampler to something larger. Shivani brings up so much that could be further explored – I found myself curious about cultural tensions and about her interest in dance. Perhaps a series of follow ups could explore the topics she presents more in depth.

It occurred to me after hearing this piece that underneath the exposition of Shivani’s ‘out of school’ life, . Unlike many other ‘between cultures’ stories I have encountered, this piece focuses on someone who is deeply tied to the culture of the place her family left behind. For me, this was interesting, because it questions the United States reputation as a ‘melting pot’ of cultures. Can it be a melting pot when one can retain their own heritage and culture? Or is it more of a collage, a mosaic perhaps?

This piece is well suited for programming dealing with culture, religion and multicultural youth.

“From Elephant Toys to Elephant Gods and back” is a sweet and simple piece layered with unspoken, but deeper implications. Take a listen and enjoy this treat for the senses.

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