Playlist: Growing Up
Compiled By: PRX Administrator
Nine-year-old Stephanie reveals the amusing and unexpected events which happened on the way from recess to gym.
Why was Stephanie late to gym class? After a year of silence, she finally reveals what happened one day back in second grade. This story was originally part of a site-specific audio tour of our school written and recorded by third graders. The stories recount school memories ranging from kindergarten to third grade which reference specific locations, landmarks and objects on campus. While these pieces were originally created to be listened to on-site, they can be enjoyed on their own as well. We also recommend that you listen using headphones.
From David Green | 02:49
A third grader recalls an unusual problem he had during an assembly when he was in first grade.
Chris recalls the complications which ensue when a seven-year-old's curiosity and impulsiveness combine with an inclination to follow the rules. Ultimately, a bit of first grade ingenuity solves the problem. This story was originally part of a site-specific audio tour of our school written and recorded by third graders. The stories recount school memories ranging from kindergarten to third grade which reference specific locations, landmarks and objects on campus. While these pieces were originally created to be listened to on-site, they can be enjoyed on their own as well. We also recommend that you listen using headphones.
From David Green | 02:23
Third Graders tell stories about their favorite stuffed animals and dolls.
Did you have a special stuffed animal when you were little? A group of third graders recorded recollections and stories about their own stuffed animals and dolls and wove them into a series of audio collages. Names, descriptions, stories as well as testaments of love and indifference were captured. From the cherished to the forgotten, from the magical to the mundane, from the serious to the silly, take a peek into a small part of the world as experienced and recounted by eight and nine-year olds. In this first of three audio collages, third graders entertain each other with tales of stuffed animals, revealing the important place such dolls hold in the lives of children as objects of both love and distraction.
This is a vox pop I made about divorce.
My parents have been divorced for 11 years and it's been an ongoing struggle for me. I wanted to know what it was like for other kids, so I walked around Montpelier, Vermont and talked with kids about divorce. Here's what they said....
From Curie Youth Radio | 01:58
How we learned that Santa wasn't real.
Parents, take heed. Kids, close your ears. Teenagers from Chicago remember the exact moment they found out that Santa wasn't real. Curie Youth Radio is a writing and radio production class at Curie High School on Chicago's Southwest side. Here, students create their own stories: fresh takes on everything from snowball fights to gang warfare. They see their stories as a way for teenagers in one Chicago high school to reach out to the rest of the world.
From Briana O'Higgins | 06:09
11 Year-old entrepreneur.
From KBOO Youth Collective | 07:15
Dramatization of a summer day gone wrong
From Dmae Roberts | 05:51
Sound collage of Rock and Roll Camp for Girls
Every summer, kids are packed off to thousands of day camps across the country. A chance for kids to learn something new and be with other kids. A break for parents to make sure their kids are somewhere safe and out of their hair. There?s a camp for every possible activity from chess to art to actual camping in the outdoors. But there?s only one rock and roll camp for girls in the country. Located in Portland, Oregon, the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls is in its second year with more than 125 girls from as far away as Florida and South Korea and 100 volunteer musicians as mentors to these girls. This year, the camp was housed in a small ballroom in North Portland with classes in songwriting, guitar, bass, drums and vocals and sprinklings of self-defense and self-esteem. I spent the whole week with the girls singing, playing instruments, and performing. Some were new to rock. Others girls like Maya Traisman and Lauren Krueger already had their own bands. I follwed the girls around as they pursued their dreams of being a rock star. This sound collage on the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls and was produced with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Regional Arts and Culture Council and was broadcast on Studio 360
From mira burt-wintonick | 06:28
Radio Portrait of a Grandma
From Curie Youth Radio | 03:14
Asking is the hardest part.
Phil attempts to ask someone -- anyone -- to Prom. At Curie Youth Radio, a workshop at Curie High School on Chicago's Southwest Side, students write, record, and produce their own pieces about everything from snowball fights to gang warfare. We work with ProTools, and we collect our sound from our high school hallways, our families' kitchen tables, and anywhere else the train takes us.
From Alaska Teen Media Institute | 06:26
High school student Noah Magen comments that high school security guards at his school have become way too serious about their jobs.
From Curie Youth Radio | 01:34
18 year old Giancarlo remembers his mother's lullabies.
Giancarlo's brother freaked him out by telling him there were aliens outside the window. He remembers creeping into his parents' bed and being soothed by his mother's lullabies. His personal story simply and quietly reminds us how much a child treasures and remembers the warmth of a parent's love. Giancarlo is part of Curie Youth Radio, a radio project at Curie High School on Chicago's Southwest Side. This piece was broadcast on April 14, 2005, on EIght Forty-Eight, a news magazine show on Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ). Transcript included below: "I gazed at the ceiling, which was divided into light and darkness. The outside lights shone through the curtains, creating a shadow of my bed on the wall. I didn't want to look out the window, because then I would see the aliens that my brother would freak me out about. I coiled onto the sheets, but that didn't help. So I crept into your room, the floor creaking with every step. I slithered onto your bed between you and my dad. The warmth you released engulfed me. I poked you and whispered into your ear, "Ma, despiertate." But you didn't wake up. I dragged myself back to my room. My eyes were heavy, but my nerves didn't let me sleep. That's when you came. You moved me over and lay beside me. You caressed my head and began your lullaby: my private music." Piece ends with "A La Nanita Nana," by Tish Hinojosa, from "Lullaby: A Collection," 1994.
From Radio Rookies | 06:48
Bronx teen Judith Rudge turns to poetry to express her experience as an outsider.
Since she moved to the Bronx from Suriname at age 12, Judith hasn't felt she fits in with any group. Dutch is her first language. She wants to be an opera singer. She's black. In Junior High, her peers wondered why she couldn't sing like 'Monica.' In High School, she remembers a girl from an African-American club telling her, "Dutch is not a Black language." She did not take up arms, as some outsiders have -- instead she took up poetry.
Johanna Greenberg says parents, including her own, are falling down on the job when it comes to "the talk." So she makes the first move.
From WAMU | 04:46
An examination of today's social networking phenomenon.
- The Not-So-Secret Life of Every Teen: A Facebook ...
They're called the MySpace generation because young people are using social networking sites such as MySpace for just about everything: keeping in touch with friends, checking out future roommates, and sharing photos and music. But recent news reports about the possible dangers of being listed on MySpace and Facebook are raising fears about online safety. As Youth Voices Reporter Lexi Ramage discovered, those fears have not stopped the rapid growth of the social networking phenomenon.