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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4 Pieces

Blunt Presents Special Coverage of the 2004 Presidential Election

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3 Pieces

Teens and their families talk about S-E-X.

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3 Pieces

Blunt youth producers explore the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by documenting the displaced, and taking at hard look at the racial inequality exposed by the storm.

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22 Pieces

Incarcerated youth from the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, Maine tell stories of life behind bars.

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8 Pieces

Blunt goes to the Maine Women's Lobby Economic Summit.

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9 Pieces

Blunt Youth Radio is trying to give Japanese people a way to tell the story of their experience following the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. Messages from Japan is gathering and sharing the stories of regular Japanese people since the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

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13 Pieces

Youth Led Public Affairs Live from Blunt Youth Radio


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
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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
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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 PRX Remix, New Hampshire Public Radio, and WMPG

  • Added: Nov 15, 2010
  • Length: 06:39
  • Purchases: 3
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