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Join our Live Chat on Policing and Make your own Message to the NEW Mayor

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


The day after the Mayoral election, teens from around the city will sign on here for a live chat about relations between young people and the police. Afterward, participants will share their viewpoints by recording their own Message to the Mayor. 



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Staten Island Blues Live Chat

Monday, October 21, 2013


On Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, young people will come together online to discuss the prescription drug abuse epidemic. This live chat will allow teens from hot spots around the country to talk about their perspective on the problem, including New Mexico and Kentucky, both places with some of the highest prescription drug overdose rates in the nation.


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Data Shows Millennial Youth Are Less Religious

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Pew Research Center has found that Americans ages 18 to 30 are significantly less religious than older Americans. Current data shows that "millennials," people born after 1980, are unaffiliated with any religious group. The Takeaway is joined by Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, to discuss the data behind religion and how it affects American culture today.

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TEEN TALK on Improving NYC Schools

Monday, July 08, 2013


Radio Rookies and the Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP) will host an online live chat on Wednesday, July 24th from 1-2 PM, where teens can voice their opinions about and experiences in NYC schools and make suggestions for improvement.

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Thirsty for Sneakers

Sunday, June 30, 2013

It’s no secret that a lot of teenagers love sneakers. But for some kids, their passion for kicks consumes hours each day, and hundreds of dollars every season.   “Sneakerheads”, as they call themselves, will queue up overnight to be the first to buy a limited edition pair of Jordans. Radio Rookies Josh and Kyrie routinely try to convince their mothers to shell out $200-$300 for a new pair of shoes, which are walking markers of status for many teens, while Rookie Gibran finds the whole thing over the top. The three Rookies take listeners inside the wonderful and colorful world of Sneakerheads.


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One Phone At A Time

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

New York City Council members are calling for an end to the ban on cell phones in schools.  There's been no response yet from Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who has the power to change the policy, but both he and Mayor Bloomberg have defended it in the past.  A group of Radio Rookies reported on the issue earlier this year.  Check out their video here:

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A Public Housing Education

Thursday, May 03, 2012

More than 400,000 people live in public housing in New York City, and thousands more are on wait-lists for available apartments.  When Radio Rookie Winnie Guo’s family first moved into public housing, it felt like a big step up.  Then 14-year-old Winnie started wondering about how public housing can affect the aspirations and focus of kids who grow up there.

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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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Mother In Arms

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Rookie Reporters Yun Mei and Ricardo Castro profile Aida Salgado, a mother who’s been working for years to make the neighborhood she grew up in safer for young people coming up now. 

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Radio Rookies Joins Hive Learning Network NYC at World Maker Faire NYC 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DIY (Do It Yourself) galore at World Maker Faire NYC 2011

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