Blunt Youth Radio Project

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Blunt Youth Radio Project produces a weekly call-in public affairs radio show. Blunt airs every Monday night from 7:30 to 8:30 WMPG, Portland, Maine's community radio station.

Free and incarcerated, high school age youth from the greater Portland area staff the show. All Blunters learn interviewing, hosting, reporting, engineering, and studio production.

The show has won several NFCB and Maine Association of Broadcasters awards. Work by Blunt Youth Radio have aired on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, This American Life, re:Sound, the BBC, Maine Public Radio and others.

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Caption: Jacorey Monterio, Credit: Portland Press Herald
From the outside, Jacorey looks like the party guy - he's 16, has his own apartment and seems to be living large. But Jacorey's private desire for ...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2012
  • Length: 06:58
Caption: Jeff's first day out
Jeff's reputation as a bully was something of a legend in the coastal town where he grew up. Eight years later, and with a chance to start over ag...

Bought by Listen Edition, KUOW, and Vocalo.org


  • Added: Mar 12, 2012
  • Length: 09:34
  • Purchases: 3
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For students locked up in Maine's Long Creek Youth Development Center passing notes is a crime... and an art form. Jacorey investigates.

Bought by The Story, KUOW, PRX Remix, KUT, and YouthCast


  • Added: Dec 31, 2011
  • Length: 08:47
  • Purchases: 5
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Atsushi Ito runs a company in Tokyo, but his hometown is Miyagi, which was terribly devastated by the tsunami. He says that Japanese people will f...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Apr 27, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Atsushi Ito runs a company in Tokyo, but his hometown is Miyagi, which was terribly devastated by the tsunami. His friends told him that all the b...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Apr 27, 2011
  • Length: 01:09
  • Purchases: 1
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Atsushi Ito runs a company in Tokyo, but his hometown is Miyagi, which was terribly devastated by the tsunami. Right after the big earthquake happ...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Apr 27, 2011
  • Length: 01:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Kimiko Ishikawa lives in the Tohoku area which was horribly devastated by the tsumani. She says that currently, people in Tohoku have stopped goin...

Bought by KZYX and WMPG


  • Added: Apr 27, 2011
  • Length: 01:10
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Messages from Japan, Credit: Eleanor Graf
Akinori Adachi is an exchange student from Japan who is currently studying in Maine. He says that before the nuclear crisis in Fukushima caused by ...

Bought by KZYX and WMPG


  • Added: Apr 19, 2011
  • Length: 01:19
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Messages from Japan, Credit: Eleanor Graf
Danny Katz is a Japanese-American who grew up in the USA, but who now lives and works in Tokyo. After the big earthquake and tsunami, he made the d...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Apr 10, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Messages from Japan, Credit: Eleanor Graf
Miki Pyle lives in South Portland, Maine. Over 5,000 people in her hometown died during Japan's last major earthquake. Seeing how the Japanese peop...

Bought by KZYX and WMPG


  • Added: Apr 10, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Messges from Japan, Credit: Eleanor Graf
Atsuko Fujimori works at a bakery in Portland, Maine. Though she grew up in Tokyo, she was born in Iwate, the region where the earthquake and tsuna...

Bought by KZYX and WMPG


  • Added: Apr 02, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Shinji Ishikawa as intern at Blunt Youth Radio
When the earthquake hit, Shinji Ishikawa was at work on the 13th floor at the large trading firm he works for in Tokyo. He never expected the destr...

Bought by KZYX and WMPG


  • Added: Apr 02, 2011
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Theo Lichter
High school senior Theo Lichter ponders a life of no sweetheart at Valentine's day, or any day, of getting left out and just accepting life for wha...

Bought by WMPG


  • Added: Feb 14, 2011
  • Length: 04:02
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pat (left) and Joshua Presby
If Pat could tell his late step-mother, Barbara Jean, one thing, it's that he probably should have listened to her advice.

Bought by YouthCast and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 18, 2011
  • Length: 05:02
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Japanese WWII Propaganda
A Japanese student got fellow students from England, France, the USA, Germany, China and Japan to tell each other what World War II meant to them, ...

Bought by WMPG


  • Added: Dec 06, 2010
  • Length: 10:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Can environmentalism, cultural theory and marketing work together? Is Walmart green beyond the bills in the cash registers? Producer Isaac Woodbury...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio and WMPG


  • Added: Nov 15, 2010
  • Length: 06:39
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Crowd cheers Lady Gaga in Portland, Maine, Credit: Shinji Ishikawa
On September 20, 2010, Lady Gaga came to Maine to protest the U.S. military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. In this vox pop, members of Blunt Youth...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2010
  • Length: 04:11
Caption: Iris and her dad, Robert
When Blunt member Iris SanGiovanni was eight years old, her dad became homeless for six months after her parents divorced. A few years later, she h...

Bought by WSLR, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KSFR, WMPG, PRX Remix and more


  • Added: Aug 19, 2010
  • Length: 04:17
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Graduation Day
Libby Donovan wasn't challenged in high school, but she still got good grades. She feels that her high schools policy of heterogeneously mixing the...

Bought by WMPG and KUOW


  • Added: Mar 22, 2010
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Anna Flanagan
Now that 3 of Portland High School's (in Portland, Maine) environmental leaders have graduated, they're wondering if they did enough for the cause.

Bought by WMPG and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 20, 2009
  • Length: 03:37
  • Purchases: 2