What's Happening Here
By Katie Shepherd
What’s Happening Here is a podcast hosted by Katie Shepherd about pivotal moments in people’s lives that define who we are and the stories we tell.
||Clean11 Ms. Susan | The Way You Handle It||After studying psychology, Susan moved to New York to find a job in what she called “a young person’s field" and as a result, landed a successful career in advertising. Years later, taking the expertise she gained in production into the classroom, S||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 Mary | My Mother Told Me Not to Cry||Mary and her family were forced to leave their home because of the civil war in their country, Sierra Leone. They spent years living in hiding in Guinea, going without education and often without food. Mary's essay explores the long, difficult years of||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09 Matt | The Big Man||A few days before the annual speech day, one of the students named Matt who was selected to share his story decides to drop out. Matt's teachers, Ms. Susan and Ms. Cinzia, work together to figure out if he is merely perpetuating his usual habit of not c||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08 Angie and Jonathan | Face It||Angie and Jonathan both have something in common. Yes, they are both immigrant teenagers getting accustomed to life in America after moving from Columbia and Honduras, and yes, they both go to Manhattan International High School. But beyond all that, in||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07 Fatime | A Matter of the Mind||Fatime grew up in the Ivory Coast but spent most of her childhood moving from place to place because of her mother’s struggle with a mood disorder. When Fatime’s brother dies suddenly, she is forced to look after her mother who struggles to cope. In||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06 Ms. Cinzia | The English Teacher||Ms. Cinzia is in her seventh year teaching 12th grade English at Manhattan International High School. Every year, she collaborates with Ms. Susan, a communications teacher, to help her students use writing as a way to learn more about themselves and the||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05 Zi Khai | The Rule of Threes||When Zi Khai first moved from China to America, he and his mother lived in Kentucky to help with the family restaurant. Zi Khai was only twelve years old at the time and quickly learned that life can be difficult in a new place when you don’t know all||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04 Christopher | Because of the Money||Growing up in The Dominican Republic, Christopher was always embarrassed by his family’s financial situation. He often felt as though people were looking down him because of all his family didn’t have. Through the process of writing his essay, Chris||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03 Erica | Alone||Erica is from Taiwan with dreams of one day becoming a heart surgeon. She moves to America in order to pursue her goal, but the journey quickly proves to be a lonely one. Through sharing her essay with her classmates, Erica learns to accept the difficul||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02 Sana | In Light of Compromise||Sana is a senior at Manhattan International High School. She was born in Pakistan but left the country to live in America with her father when she was a young teenager. In her essay, Sana explores what it means to feel confident about herself and connec||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01 What Exactly Is Happening Here||Host Katie Shepherd shares how she ended up at Manhattan International High School and introduces the students and teachers you’ll hear in this season of What’s Happening Here. A show about pivotal moments, this first seasons follows a group of stud||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean00 Preview||What’s Happening Here is a new series that documents pivotal moments in people’s lives, those moments where everything changes. Each season we’ll follow individuals going through major life events and record the stories that emerge in the process.||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Can't wait for more!
Wow- what an important podcast. It's beautifully crafted and the stories are so moving. And Katie- what a fantastic host. Her voice is so warm and so welcoming, just the right person to guide us through this journey.
Hooked after the first episode! Such an important story to be telling right now. I was hanging on to every word that Ms. Susan said. The listener is learning and growing right alongside the students. Brilliant!
These are exactly the kinds of stories the world needs to hear. These young people are inspiring and briliant and it's hard not to get emotional listening to them. I'm so glad these high school students were brave enough to share and Katie and her team at Listening Booth did such an amazing job putting it all together. I can't wait to hear more.