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Eyes Off the Goal: When Sports Rule and School Suffers

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WNYC
Fresh grass. Freedom. Success. That was the sensation Edward Munoz experienced every time he walked onto a soccer field. But in school, he felt like he wasn’t meant to be there.

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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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American Dream - Minus My Mom

Thursday, December 13, 2012

At 17-years-old Tangeneka Taylor moved to the U.S from Guyana with her dad and sister. Along with having to adjust to a new country, she’s had to adjust to life without her mom.

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No Roadmap for Recovery

Friday, September 09, 2011

Eric Leinung's big brother went into work in the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, and didn't make it out. Eric reports on how he found his way through his family's loss. 

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Eric, The 9/11 Brother

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Eric was 12 years old when his older brother, Paul, went into work at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Paul didn't make it out. And things at home turned ugly.

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Daughter of a Survivor

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

When the first tower fell on September 11th, Erin Reeg's father was hit by falling debris and all the coping strategies Erin learned from her parents kicked in. 

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Nothing's Ever Permanent in Foster Care

Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Nothing's ever permanent in foster care" is how Rookie Reporter Michael Jacobson describes his life in the system. Michael has lived in seven different homes in just four years. 

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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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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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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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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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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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My Mother's Disease

Friday, October 09, 2009

At 17-years-old, Vikky Cruz struggles to cope with her mother's illness, a rare gentetic disease called neuroacanthytosis, and the ways it's taken over the mother she once knew.

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Incarcerated Parents

Thursday, October 08, 2009

15-year-old Keith Tingman remembers his tenth birthday better than any other: that was the day he watched his mom get arrested after being falsely accused of stealing someone's wallet. 

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Money Stress

Monday, October 05, 2009

Erikka Diaz, like many of her neighbors in South Bronx, has lived in poverty her whole life. Her family knows the anxiety that comes with constantly having to scrape money together.

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Best Couple

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"We go together like mac n' cheese."

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Someone to Tuck Me In

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Raymond Henderson and his sister live with the home health attendant who cared for their mother as she was dying. She has offered to adopt them, so Raymond must make a decision. 

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My Mother vs. The Streets

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

In the past, hanging out with boys has gotten Jacuyra into trouble.

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