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Mind the Gap in Crown Heights

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Four Radio Rookies, who are all very recent immigrants from the Caribbean, now attend high school in the heart of what was the epicenter of the Crown Heights riots 20 years ago.  But, as newcomers, the Rookies know nothing about the neighborhood’s fraught history. 

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Coming Out in The Age of Lady Gaga

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bebe tells her uncle that she's bisexual, but he suspects Bebe is just trying to be cool and doesn't understand the weight of her words. 

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Facebook Drama

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Brianna loves spending time on Facebook and she loves the drama that is constantly unfolding there. Brianna's mother helps her navigate growing up with social media

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Half My Family Is Illegal

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Only half of Alicia Martinez's family members are U.S. citizens. Alicia struggles to meet her parents' expectations and overcome the guilt she feels that her sister’s life is limited.  

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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.

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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 ABCs of Chinese Americans

Monday, October 18, 2010

A new wave of immigrants from China is crowding Flushing Queens. The old wave is mostly from Taiwan. Helen Peng has been trying to figure out where she fits into the landscape.

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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.

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Breast-Fed Language

Monday, October 11, 2010

Andrea Lee Torres'  parents came here from the Philippines in the 1990s. And she's not sure she agrees with at least one decision they made - not to teach her their language.

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Gamun-Pyul

Monday, October 04, 2010

Though 18 year old Rayon Wright grew up surrounded with Jamaican culture and music, he wants more than anything to become a producer of Korean music and entertainment.

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Level Up

Monday, September 27, 2010

Video games are designed primarily with boys and men in mind -- and 17-year-old Radio Rookie Jessica Cernadas finds that very frustrating.

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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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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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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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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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Steam Buns ‘R’ Us

Saturday, November 07, 2009

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Berlin Philharmoniker Visits New York

Thursday, November 15, 2007

During the Berlin Philharmoniker’s 17 day stint in New York this month, the orchestra is working with several of the city’s “high brow” cultural institutions – Carnegie Hall, MoMA, the Guggenheim and the Department of Education. Reporter Veralyn Williams spent the last 3 weeks following a group of high school students as they prepare to perform this weekend with members of the Berlin Philharmoniker. They’re created an original work inspired by Stravinsky’s "The Rite of Spring."

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One Atheist, 14 Catholics

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Sonia is the only atheist among her parent’s 13 children—a fact that often leaves her feeling misunderstood and tired of explaining.

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The Second Mom

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sara Martinez assumes a lot of responsibility in her family. 

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