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Who's Going to Protect Me?

Wednesday, January 05, 2011


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 wasn't sure who to turn to.


The ABCs of Chinese Americans

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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 FOB cultures and struggles with how to identify herself.


Breast-Fed Language

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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.

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Level Up

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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.

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The Potential Diplomat

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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–achiever persona.


Interview With a Teenage Vampire

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Aired June, 2010. Radio Rookie Hawa Lee reports on the sometimes spooky connection between vampires and teenagers.


Back to the Middle East

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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.


Schools On: Will Tensions Persist on Staten Island?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

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.


Trisomy 13

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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 birthday. Sadly, Candice passed away after the initial airing of Marc's story.


Being a Gay Teenager

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

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.


Graffiti Hall of Fame

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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.


Harlem Girls Choir

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

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.


Pirate Radio

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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 Projects."


Father's Day in My Family

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

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.


Advice to the Mayor

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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.

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My First Mother's Day

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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.



Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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.



Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Aired January, 2001. 16-year-old Karla Saavedra moved to Brooklyn from Mexico two years ago. She documents her adventures in learning English.



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Aired April, 2002. Christy Loo reports on what happened to her family after her dad got hit by a car and became permanently disabled.