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Nine People, One Bedroom: A Teen's Take on Life In Poverty

Monday, September 22, 2014

WNYC
Jairo Gomez's nine-person family lives in a one-bedroom apartment. He knows education is the way out of poverty, but sometimes being poor makes it difficult to make good choices.

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Father's Day from Radio Rookies: Trying to Do it Right and Not Repeat a Father's Mistakes

Friday, June 13, 2014

When people think about teen parents, they usually picture a young mom. But what about the dads?

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My Education, Uninterrupted

Monday, December 10, 2012

In New York City the high school graduation rate for black males was 28 percent in 2010. Radio Rookie Mike Brown is a young black man living in Harlem and being raised by a single mom.

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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 Potential Diplomat

Monday, September 20, 2010

Melissa Best always dreamed of becoming a US diplomat, but then she found out how much work it is to become one. She’s not sure she can really live up to her high–achiever persona.

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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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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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Promotion in Doubt

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The NYC Department of Education raised the standards for passing the 8th grade and ended social promotion. AJ Frazier has always just skated by, so he needed to change his ways.

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Students Speak Out

Friday, December 19, 2008

Radio Rookie Rocky Tayeh reports on the City Council's latest effort to improve education in NYC – a hearing held especially for students to testify about the state of their schools.

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Stuck

Monday, December 15, 2008

Kaddeem Wright enjoys reading philosophy and talking about history and politics. Yet like a lot of kids, especially young black males in New York City, he is not reaching his potential.

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Read a Book

Monday, December 01, 2008

Keith Harris had a secret when he started school in the U.S. for the first time: he didn't know how to read and write. 

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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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My School is Known for All the Wrong Reasons

Friday, June 30, 2006

Ten years ago my high school was rated one of the twelve most dangerous in New York City. Back when I was in junior high I heard it was still like that, that people got stabbed, jumped, even killed. It sounded more like I was going to jail instead of a school. Now that I graduated I see the school as a safer place. But I wasn’t sure if the school actually was safer or because I’m older now I know how to defend myself.

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Being Black

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Allison spends her time in two Brooklyn neighborhoods: Brooklyn Heights where she goes to school, and Bed-Stuy where she lives with her family and gets teased for "talking white."

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Teacher

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Anthony's sixth grade teacher made an extraordinary impact on his life.

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Tracking

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

When Jaimita got bumped up into a more advanced high school program, all the books were brand new and the students listened politely to each other

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Dropping Out

Saturday, February 03, 2001

A year and a half ago, I dropped out of school. The teachers didn't have enough books to give us, there were too many kids in classes, and some teachers gave me a hard time.

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