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Teenage Pregnancy

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Like many New Yorkers, Radio Rookies Shakoya Hamilton, Marvin Ramos, and Anna-Lisa Gordon have seen the advertisements for New York City’s teen pregnancy prevention campaign. Accompanying the face of a toddler, are big-lettered statements like, “Got a good job? I cost thousands of dollars each year” and “Honestly Mom, chances are he won’t stay with you. What happens to me?” Each of these Radio Rookies shares an experience with pregnancy and parenthood, but their stories were not reflected in the faces of the posters. This is the story about what it’s really like to face teen pregnancy, from teenagers themselves. (Watch it here)

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The Honorable William F. Hagarty on the Benefits of Exercise, December 1931

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

WNYC

“May heaven speed the day when the length and breadth of our United States shall be peopled with men and women, and boys and girls, solely by those of this type: strong bodied, true hearted, big souled patriots, athletes all for the land they love and the God they worship.”

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Listen to Lucy

I am 54 and a half – how old are you?

Sunday, December 01, 2013

I am 54 and a half – how old are you?

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WNYC News

Study Finds 14% of the City's Youth are Disconnected

Monday, November 04, 2013

A new study finds that more than 14 percent of the city's 16 to 24-year-olds are either unemployed, or not going to school.

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Listen to Lucy

Nine valuable lessons from rubbish jobs

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Nine valuable lessons from rubbish jobs

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Transportation Nation

Young Adults: We're Just Too Busy to Get Driver's Licenses, Says Survey

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

WNYC

Kids today: they just don't drive like they used to. There's been speculation as to what's behind the national decline in driving. Now, a new survey asked hundreds of unlicensed people just why they're not queuing up at the DMV. Here's what they said.

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From the Top

Davis, California

Saturday, August 03, 2013

This week, From the Top comes to you from the Robert and Margaret Mondavi Performing Arts Center at the University of California Davis, where you’ll meet an array of award-winning young musicians, including a 17-year-old guitarist who plays Chopin and a 16-year-old flutist who beatboxes on her flute. You'll also meet a 15-year-old pianist who plays Johann Strauss, a trio who plays Astor Piazzolla, and an 11-year-old violinist who performs Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen.

Radio Rookies

Radio Rookies DIY Workshop with DreamYard

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

WNYC

On July 2, 2013 Radio Rookies teamed up with the organization DreamYard for a Do-it-Yourself (DIY) workshop on how to produce stories through interviews and digital media. The DreamYard kids were an enthusiastic group who were eager to learn how to conduct their own interviews.

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Radio Rookies

Get it Out

Monday, July 01, 2013

Alicia first turned to writing music after her beloved grandfather died suddenly four years ago. She’s fortunate enough to attend a high school with a music writing program, Beat Rhymers, so last year when her mother was shot in the leg and her uncle was killed in a car accident she found release in her beats and lyrics. Alicia wonders if other kids struggling with loss and violence use the arts to “get it out.”

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Radio Rookies

Battling Homophobia at East Side Community School

Saturday, June 29, 2013

At East Side Community School homophobia isn’t tolerated. Kids say that teasing and bullying are rare and when it does happen, teachers and fellow students get involved to stop it. The school has an active gay-straight alliance club, “Rainbow Bright”, and teachers strive to be inclusive in their curricula and language. But not all schools are so supportive of LGTBQ students and homophobia is everywhere.  Four East Side students want to find out what actually helps homophobic people change their minds to become more accepting.

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Radio Rookies

Losing Language

Friday, June 28, 2013

Grisel speaks Spanish at home with her mom in NYC, and during the summers with her dad and cousins in Puerto Rico. She never thought it was a gift to be bilingual, but her close friend Aura had a very different experience. Aura’s Chilean parents chose to speak English with her when she was a little girl and, as a result, she can’t speak Spanish or communicate easily with her grandparents. Aura longs to have Spanish tumble easily out of her mouth and she wonders why her parents made the choice to teach her English first.

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Radio Rookies

This is America, Speak English

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Radio Rookies Sam and Sydne both grew up in New York City and are used to hearing the polyglot of language that makes up the fabric of this city. The multitude of languages spoken in their communities has never bothered Sam (who speaks Spanish with her parents) or Sydne, which is why they are dismayed by the “English-only” movement and people who express anger over having to “push 1 for English” on automated phone calls. But when some people in their own school and even families express a similar sentiment they decide to dig a little deeper.

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From the Top

El Paso, Texas

Saturday, June 22, 2013

This week, From the Top comes to you from the historic Plaza Theater in El Paso, Texas, where you'll hear an extraordinary 13-year-old clarinetist performing Concertino, Op.26 by Carl Maria von Weber and meet a charming 11-year-old harpist who will play the music of Reinhold Gliere. Also, a 19-year-old organist treats us to a performance on the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ.

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Brunswick, Maine

Saturday, June 15, 2013

This week, From the Top comes from the Studzinski Recital Hall on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where you'll hear a teenage cellist from Chicago perform from Rachmaninoff’s beautiful Sonata in G Minor and a young violinist from Washington play the first movement from Poulenc's Sonata and talk about her colorful home on Whidbey Island. Also, a From the Top alum returns to play piano and challenge Christopher O'Riley to a "pepper flipping" contest.

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Every Kid Wins

Monday, June 03, 2013

Jeff Ourvan, author of How to Coach Youth Baseball So Every Kid Wins, discusses his guidelines for making the game a constructive and fun experience for all players.

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From the Top

Recorded In Studio

Saturday, June 01, 2013

This week, host Christopher O'Riley catches up with some of From the Top's most illustrious alumni in our annual "Where Are They Now Show." You'll enjoy the extraordinary music these young pros are making in their early careers and hear their stories of triumph and struggle as they work to define their own creative space in the world. Featured alumni include a brilliant young composer who is about to have a concert of his work performed by the Shanghai Philharmonic, a touring violinist who's just released a CD of all unaccompanied pieces, and a French horn player who has founded a free music school in his home town.

Radio Rookies

Getting the Bearings

Saturday, May 04, 2013

WNYC

Over a decade ago, I was a Radio Rookie myself. A lot has happened since then -- high school, college, and various jobs -- but I recently found myself drawn back to radio as an intern. Throughout the last few months, I have had the opportunity to help lead the Short Wave multimedia workshop, an after school program held in two high schools in lower Manhattan.

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From the Top

Athens, Georgia

Saturday, May 04, 2013

This week From the Top comes to you from Hodgson Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, where you'll hear a young guitarist from New York evoke the palace of Alhambra and an outstanding piano trio from Minnesota play the music of Smetana. Also, a teenage cellist beautifully performs Maurice Ravel's "Kaddish."

From the Top

Highlight Show: Recorded in Studio

Saturday, April 27, 2013

This week's "Uncommon Combos Highlights Show" features teenage chamber music groups that are extraordinary not only for their musicianship, but also for their unusual instrumentation or repertoire. A trio of percussionists who share one marimba, a bassoon sextet, and a flute choir are among the uncommon combos in this celebration of the world of great teen chamber music beyond the string quartet.

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Highlight Show: Recorded in Studio

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Gunther Schuller, the great American composer, conductor, author, music educator, jazz innovator and French horn player is the special guest artist on From the Top this week. You'll hear some of his favorite From the Top moments, he’ll share stories of his multiple lives in music and host Christopher O’Riley presents a world premiere of his work with three young musicians.