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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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Chicken

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Interview With a Teenage Vampire

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rookie Reporter Hawa Lee reports on the sometimes spooky connection between vampires and teenagers.

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Back to the Middle East

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Alexis Gordon's dad has been in the Army Reserves since before she was born. She is struggling to understand her dad's decision to stay in the Army and go back to the Middle East.

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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.

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Young Artists Festival

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Queens Rookies Alexis Gordon and Jessica Cernadas ran the Rookies table at the NYC Young Artists & Leaders Festival on Saturday, June 5th. Downtown Art organized the festival as an opportunity for young artists to show their work and see the creative work being done by others their age.

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Youth Producers "School" Listeners on Education Policy

Friday, May 28, 2010

Radio Rookie AJ Frazier spent his 8th grade year reporting on the effect of New York City's public school policy changes on him. His story was just featured in Schooled: Teens' Stories About American Public Education. This hour-long youth produced special is a collaboration between Seattle's KUOW and Generation PRX.

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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.

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Bristol Palin PSA

Thursday, April 15, 2010

This one time, I skipped school. When my mom found out (the school actually called...) she slapped me.  I was shocked.  It was the only time she’s ever done that, and the rest of the day was pretty awkward because she was so mad.

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Vocation

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.

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English

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.

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Disability

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.

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Bashir

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

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.

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Work in Progress: Vampires!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

When Hawa told her mom she’d be doing a story about vampires for Radio Rookies, her mom just laughed, “You could say you’re a vampire because you’re so active at night.” Hawa's actually thought about that before.  She's 'half dead' during breakfast, and usually can't tune into classes until after lunch.  Around 6pm she's ready to start her day, and if her mom let her, Hawa would be up until 1am every night.  The whole immortality thing is pretty cool too.

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