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Open Orchard Productions

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Open Orchard Productions (www.openorchardproductions.org) is the umbrella organization that houses three podcast series.  This organization is staffed and managed by professionals who happen to be teens!  We have been very fortunate in attracting positive attention from industry professionals.

The first podcast series is called The Core and it focuses on teens interviewing teens about their own true, personal stories.  A cross-section of teens are represented which reflects the varied experiences of different ethnic and socio-economic groups.  By focusing on the differences and similarities that exist between us all, the podcast aims at breaking down barriers and revealing universal truths.
The two upcoming series are The Elements, which reports on local influential figures that are the "unsung heroes" of philanthropy, politics, sports, and education, and Fresh Picked, which spotlights artists whose work may be up-and-coming or little known but deserving of recognition for being innovative, captivating, or particularly relevant. These sections will be launched within the next 2 months.

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What she calls “real,” others may call superstition. Sarah Levai, a Romanian immigrant to the United States, came with hopes and dreams, but also w...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2016
  • Length: 01:08
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When I was twelve years old, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, four years later, mom and I reflect on how cancer brought us closer toge...

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  • Added: May 26, 2016
  • Length: 04:58
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When Abby was born, her mother knew she couldn’t keep her. Luckily for Abby, a loving family had been looking for a child just like her. Julia Hitz...

  • Added: May 16, 2016
  • Length: 03:13
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In an interview with Kitty and Michael Dukakis, journalist Katia Hauser explores the benefits and risks of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in treat...

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  • Added: May 16, 2016
  • Length: 10:43
  • Purchases: 1
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Train-Tracks. Metal-Mouth. Brace-Face. Whatever you call them, getting braces as a teenager seems to be a stereotypical right of passage. However,...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2016
  • Length: 04:36
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Packed in one car, Elaine Manis, her six siblings, and her mother set out on a trip from the small town of Forgan, Oklahoma, to the seaside town of...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2016
  • Length: 01:24
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Today, Americans seem to lack any type of silence in their lives. Silence should be a source of solace, but the modern mind is often discontent whe...

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  • Added: Apr 13, 2016
  • Length: 03:40
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High School Senior, Eavan Burke, had a life changing experience on the tea plantations of Kenya, Africa. She decided to aid to the workers by creat...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2016
  • Length: 04:52
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Within Taylor's 16 years, she has lived in eight places all over the country. Taylor explains the impact moving has had on her life and how each pl...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2016
  • Length: 03:03
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The summer before her sophomore year of high school, Audrey’s parents filed for a divorce. This momentous change affected her views on family, marr...

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  • Added: Mar 21, 2016
  • Length: 04:04
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Frank Kostrencich has been working the night shift as a crane operator at the Port of Los Angeles for the past 26 years. Using his precision and ex...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2016
  • Length: 01:00
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Fire engines roar through the city with their sirens warning cars to move out of the way. For most of us, these sirens are nothing more than that, ...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2016
  • Length: 01:01
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At the mere age of 16, Jihana Mendu went on the adventure of a lifetime to Peru. While there to pursue her ambition of working in the medical field...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2016
  • Length: 03:54
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As an aspiring singer who is anticipating the release of her upcoming EP, every post Marlena Anna makes advertises a distinct image she wants to pr...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2016
  • Length: 03:33
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Sherry Wang isn't just another teenager balancing good grades with studying for the SAT's and having fun. Instead, on top of all the expected press...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2016
  • Length: 04:56
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With miles of beautiful beaches, the sound of ocean waves often touch a deep part of California residents. For some, it’s not about the physical wa...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2016
  • Length: 01:00
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The wild peacocks of Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California have inhabited the area for over 100 years and now number more than 1,000. For a...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2016
  • Length: 01:00
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Robert Parker realized that his destiny in life was to help others and make the world a better place. Now, as a cancer research scientist, he refle...

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2016
  • Length: 04:41
  • Purchases: 1
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Olivia was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2010. Three years later, her best friend, Allison, was diagnosed with the same disease. They talk to e...

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2016
  • Length: 05:45
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New to Los Angeles, Ann was excited to start a new job and experience the Southern California lifestyle. However, she ran into some trouble when sh...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2016
  • Length: 01:48