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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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Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter A

Friday, December 28, 2012

Many teenagers live half their lives on social media sites, and they're writing the rules as they go. One online trend Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle finds disturbing is "slut-shaming" 

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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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Hip Hop Dedication

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jimmy Musa dreams of making it in the hip hop world.  And he thinks he's found a way to get an edge over everyone else.

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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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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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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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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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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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An Hour By Teenagers for Everyone

Friday, July 10, 2009

This morning WNYC Morning Edition host Soterios Johnson asked Marianne McCune, the host of "Growing Up, Getting By," why the (mostly adult) public radio audience should listen to an hour from teenagers.

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Growing Up, Getting By

Friday, July 10, 2009

WNYC’s Radio Rookies program takes listeners inside the most intimate moments of teenager’s lives. Now, for the first time, we present a special, “Growing Up, Getting By”, an hour of stories and interviews about how teenagers find their way to adulthood.

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How To Survive Teasing

Thursday, July 09, 2009

As a little kid, Samr "Rocky" Tayeh was the adorable, chubby boy at home; but at school classmates called him "Barney", the big purple dinosaur. Rocky didn't hide in a corner and wait for the bullying to stop, he learned how to use his sharp tongue to shut other kids down, but sometimes he takes it too far. Rocky heads out to a park in Brooklyn to talk with kids about how they survive teasing.

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Best Couple

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"We go together like mac n' cheese."

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My High School Crush

Saturday, February 14, 2009

In many ways Valentine's Day is just as significant for people who are pining for love, as for those who have it. So, in honor of unrequited love, Radio Rookie Keith Harris shares a story about an all-consuming, exhilarating, and over-the-top high school crush. 

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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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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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Home Alone

Monday, December 08, 2008

Krystle Murray spent much of her childhood at school or in the care of babysitters, who watched her while her single mom worked full time at a law firm and went to college at NYU. 

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I'm Not Emo

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

When Josetta slipped into a depression, she started to listen to rock music that matched her mood. Her family and her community quickly labeled her as different. 

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