Radio Rookies from WNYC
By WNYC Radio, Radio Rookies
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Real stories by New York City teenagers take listeners inside their lives and their communities.
||Who's Going to Protect Me?||Aired November, 2010. 17-year-old Radio Rookie Edwin Llanos has grown up in neighborhoods where police stop kids all the time -- and a lot of those kids don’t trust cops to help when they're in need. Last year, when Edwin got into a tough situation, he||1/4/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||The ABCs of Chinese Americans||Aired October, 2010. Radio Rookie Helen Peng lives in Flushing, Queens and calls herself an ABC, or American-born Chinese. But a lot of FOBs, or Fresh-off-the-boat Chinese people, also live in her neighborhood. Helen identifies with both the ABC and the||12/21/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Breast-Fed Language||Aired October, 2010. Radio Rookie Andrea Lee's parents came here from the Philippines in the 1990s. She is not sure she agrees with at least one decision her parents made - not teaching her their language.||12/7/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Level Up||Aired September, 2010. Although 40% of all game players are female, players of hardcore games like Grand Theft Auto are mostly male. That means the games are designed with boys and men in mind. Rookie Reporter Jessica Cernadas finds that very frustrating||11/9/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Potential Diplomat||Aired September, 2010. Rookie Reporter Melissa Best has always dreamed of becoming a US diplomat — living abroad and helping people; but then she found out how much work it is to become one. Melissa wonders if she can really live up to her high–achie||10/28/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Interview With a Teenage Vampire||Aired June, 2010. Radio Rookie Hawa Lee reports on the sometimes spooky connection between vampires and teenagers.||10/13/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Back to the Middle East||Aired June, 2010. 18-year-old Radio Rookie Alexis Gordon is struggling to understand her dad's decision to stay in the Army and go back to the Middle East.||9/29/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Schools On: Will Tensions Persist on Staten Island?||Aired September, 2010. The Staten Island Radio Rookies look into what motivates the bias attacks in their community. They wonder whether the beginning of school year will impact the tension in their neighborhood.||9/14/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chicken||Web exclusive. Amana Kashakzi loves chicken, but with all the fried chicken restaurants in her neighborhood, she starts to wonder if there is a conspiracy to entice black people to eat chicken.||8/31/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Trisomy 13||Aired March, 2000. Marc Delgado lives in Washington Heights, with his mother and his sister Candice, who is severely disabled. Candice was born with Trisomy 13 and doctors thought she would die before she was two, but somehow, she's made it past her 13th||8/17/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Being a Gay Teenager||Aired March, 2000. 14-years-old Kady Bulnes reported on what it's like to be a gay or lesbian teenager in a neighborhood like Harlem.||8/3/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Graffiti Hall of Fame||Aired March, 2000. 15-year-old Jimmy Belfon Jr. reports on the Graffiti Hall of Fame, which covers the walls of his school playground. Jimmy says traveling the streets of New York City is like visiting a museum.||7/20/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Harlem Girls Choir||Aired March, 2000. Danielle Beckom's brother is a member of the world-renowned Harlem Boys Choir, and that inspired her to report on a lesser-known choir: The Harlem Girls Choir.||7/6/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pirate Radio||Aired November, 1999. 12-year-old Antoine Bazilio is a DJ at a local community radio station and did his report on the show he hosts: The Literature Show. "I think a show like mine is important because I am trying to bring our literacy rate up in the Pro||6/22/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Father's Day in My Family||Aired June, 2004. On her first Mother's Day, Harlem Radio Rookie Janelle Lewis shared her first experience with motherhood. For Father's Day, 24-year-old Janelle contemplates how different these two holidays are in her household.||6/8/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Advice to the Mayor||Aired August, 2002. Jesus Gonzalez, with reporting help from Hunts Point Rookie Janesse Nieves, advises Mayor Bloomberg on how to improve New York City schools.||5/25/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||My First Mother's Day||Aired May, 2002. Janelle Lewis' commentary about giving birth to her first daughter, Jandora, aired as part of a Mother's Day Special on WNYC's Radio Lab. Right after Janelle gave birth, she called out to her mom for the tape recorder.||5/11/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Vocation||Aired January, 2001. David Ford has been working on car since he was a little boy. Now he attends the Automotive High School and hopes to go into the automotive trade.||4/13/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||English||Aired January, 2001. 16-year-old Karla Saavedra moved to Brooklyn from Mexico two years ago. She documents her adventures in learning English.||3/30/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Disability||Aired April, 2002. Christy Loo reports on what happened to her family after her dad got hit by a car and became permanently disabled.||3/16/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bashir||Aired October, 2003. 17-year-old Rizwan Aslam always sees Bashir -- a homeless man who walks with a cane and moves between nearby restaurants and shops. Rizwan's interest in Bashir set him on a mission to learn more about him.||3/3/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Aggression||Fourteen-year-old Derrick gets in trouble a lot, and this often leads him to fight with his brothers. A big part of why Derrick loves football is that he can hit people -- without getting in trouble.||2/16/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Best Couple||Aired June, 2009. When seniors at a small public high school in the Bronx cast their votes for "Best Couple" earlier this year, they chose a pair they admire but who definitely defy the stereotype of best couple. Radio Rookie Vikky Cruz reports.||2/2/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Culture Talk||Short Wave Rookies report on Main Street in Flushing, Queens.||1/19/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Searching for Main Street’s Flushing Pimp||Short Wave Rookies report on Main Street in Flushing, Queens.||1/5/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
Worth listening to
This was a touching podcast, well worth the time. I wish so many kids could hear this young girls story.
Very Worth While
This podcast is very entertaining. I find it interesting that work like this is done by teenagers, not adults with years of experience.
Interesting but sometimes the topics can get so self-indulgent, that they can't see other perspectives.