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Radio Rookies

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Radio Rookies® is a New York Public Radio® initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their world. Since 1999, Radio Rookies has been conducting workshops across New York, in predominantly under-resourced neighborhoods, training young people to use words and sounds to tell true stories. Upon completion, the Rookies' documentaries air on WNYC - usually during Morning Edition (5am to 9am weekdays on WNYC 93.9 FM, 6am to 10am on WNYC AM 820 and online at wnyc.org) Some documentaries also air nationally, often on NPR's All Things Considered. Radio Rookies typically runs one or two workshops a year, each lasting anywhere from four to eight months. During the workshops, Rookie Reporters learn everything about radio journalism: from how to conduct an interview and develop a story to how to craft a script and digitally edit their audio. There is no fee, and the program provides all the equipment and instruction needed.

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Radio Rookies Temitayo Fagbenle and Gemma Weiner spent the past several months talking to dozens of teenagers who smoke weed about where they buy i...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Dec 19, 2013
  • Length: 08:17
  • Purchases: 2
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These days, many teenagers live half their lives on social media sites, and they're writing the rules as they go. One online trend 16-year-old Radi...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 16, 2013
  • Length: 08:24
  • Purchases: 1
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Rebelling against your parents is the norm for most teens in America, but for some young people who immigrate to the U.S. without one or both of th...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Jan 16, 2013
  • Length: 06:35
  • Purchases: 1
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New York State has the worst high school graduation rate in the country, according to a recent study by the Schott Foundation for Public Education....

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Jan 16, 2013
  • Length: 06:18
  • Purchases: 1
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18-year-old Radio Rookie Reporter, Danielle came from the Congo when she was 13 years old, leaving her mother and the life that she knew behind in ...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WCAI / WNAN, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 16, 2013
  • Length: 07:27
  • Purchases: 3
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Nearly 100,000 Americans suffer from a blood disorder called Sickle Cell Anemia, a painful disease that shortens life-expectancy. Sickle cells aren...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 16, 2013
  • Length: 07:11
  • Purchases: 2
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About two thirds of New Yorkers are from immigrant families. And when parents - who came here from other countries - raise American children, they ...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, The Story, Vocalo.org, KUOW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 24, 2012
  • Length: 08:02
  • Purchases: 5
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Radio Rookie Alexis Gordon's dad has been in the Army Reserves since before she was born. He served a tour in Iraq when she was in the 5th grade an...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, KUOW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 24, 2012
  • Length: 07:51
  • Purchases: 3
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Just when you think the vampire craze might have run its course, a new book hits the stores or another TV show launches. Next week the latest Twili...

Bought by KUOW and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 24, 2012
  • Length: 07:27
  • Purchases: 2
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Civil rights groups are pushing the NYPD to change its stop and frisk policy and 17-year-old Radio Rookie Edwin Llanos thinks a change might help p...

Bought by KUOW, PRX Remix, and The Story


  • Added: May 24, 2012
  • Length: 07:04
  • Purchases: 3
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Most New Yorkers know that over the past half century, Flushing Queens has transformed from a mostly white suburb to one of the largest Asian popul...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: May 24, 2012
  • Length: 07:35
  • Purchases: 1
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Video Games! Millions of people play some form of them - from Farmville on Facebook to more complex games on consoles like the Xbox, PlayStation, a...

Bought by KUOW and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 24, 2012
  • Length: 07:25
  • Purchases: 2
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18–year–old Melissa Best has very high expectations for herself and so do her parents, but her friends wouldn’t describe her as a hard worker. She’...

Bought by PRX Remix and KUOW


  • Added: May 24, 2012
  • Length: 06:32
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Rayon Wright with K-Pop Artist JYP
18 year old Caribbean American, Rayon Wright, sets out to be a K-Pop producer.

Bought by Third Coast Festival/Re:sound and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 16, 2012
  • Length: 08:27
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Staten Island 2011
A lot of teenagers want to make it big as artists--whether acting in movies, singing ballads on American Idol, or making it in the hip hop world. T...

Bought by KSFR, Vocalo.org, KUOW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 21, 2012
  • Length: 06:07
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Staten Island 2011
When I first went into foster care, I just felt lost. My friends kept saying, “Yo, you’re changing. You’re acting like you’re depressed.” I used...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, KUOW, Vocalo.org, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 21, 2012
  • Length: 08:34
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Staten Island 2011
I remember going to my first rock show, the Alkaline Trio, I was 12, a tall 12-year-old. I left there a mess. I had been hit in the face, my shir...

Bought by PRX Remix, Vocalo.org, and KUOW


  • Added: Mar 21, 2012
  • Length: 09:16
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Staten Island 2011
Last year a couple of kids at my lunch table were talking smack about gay people. So I got angry and said “what if I’m gay?” I couldn’t believe I ...

Bought by Louisville Public Media, The Story, Vocalo.org, PRX Remix, and KUOW


  • Added: Mar 21, 2012
  • Length: 05:05
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Staten Island 2011
Ok, truthfully, if it weren’t for my mom I’d go wild on Facebook. But my mom would never let that happen. She tells me “You guys think it’s fun a...

Bought by Vocalo.org and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 21, 2012
  • Length: 06:54
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Staten Island 2011
"At some point when I was growing up I admit I was mad at my parents for coming here. I was mad that they had to work so hard, that we had to wait ...

Bought by KDNK, KSFR, KUOW, Vocalo.org, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 21, 2012
  • Length: 07:19
  • Purchases: 5