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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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American Heaven

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Danielle was 13 when she left her home and her mother in the Congo.  She came to New York to pursue the American dream, but she wound up living in a homeless shelter.  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Chernobyl Disaster

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Irina was born in Belarus, which bore the brunt of the radiation fallout from the Chernobyl disaster. Irina and her family attribute many of their health problems to the radiation.

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What about Me, Uncle Sam?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Christian is 15 years-old and grew up in New York City. But he is an undocumented Meixcan immigrant. 

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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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Losing Home

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Wen moved to the United States from China in 2001 and she hasn't returned since.

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Legal Status?

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Veralyn has spent almost her whole life in the United States. However, is confused about her legal status. 

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Bashir

Friday, October 31, 2003

When Rizwan hangs out around Coney Island Avenue, he always sees Bashir -- a homeless man who walks with a cane and moves between nearby restaurants and shops.

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Dominican Republic

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Many Dominicans, like Angely's father and grandfather, immigrate to New York for a "better life." Angely's not sure they're making the right choice.

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Anchor Dream

Sunday, February 24, 2002

Linda Lee dreams of being the next Kaity Tong, the WB11's nightly news co-anchor. But Linda worries her Korean roots will get in her way.

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Growing Up Alone

Saturday, February 23, 2002

Sunnie Hwang moved to the US from Korea, hoping she would find the happiness she had as a child -- when her parents were still alive.

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