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Playlist: Sounds of Summer: Youth Stories on PRX

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Curated Playlist

Grab a lemonade, put your feet up, and join us on the porch for ice cream. These youth-produced stories bring you summer in sound.

List curated by Generation PRX Project Director Jones Franzel. Visit generation.prx.org to find youth-produced radio for all seasons.

For more summer pieces, see our Summertime Editors' Picks.

Boredom

From KBOO Youth Collective | 07:15

Dramatization of a summer day gone wrong. From Callie Dean of KBOO Youth Collective.

Default-piece-image-0 Braodcast on the "Summer" themed show of The Underground, the KBOO youth collective's monthly public affairs show. Broadcast initailly August 25, 2004, on KBOO Portland OR.

More than Pimps and Pushers: A Lotta Love, Too

From Curie Youth Radio | 03:00

Keith Shine wants more for his neighborhood than a bad reputation. Look through the eyes of a Chicago teenager as he brings us back to his favorite four hours of the summer: the annual basketball tournament at the Ickes Homes on Chicago's South Side. From Curie Youth Radio.

Ickes_small Keith Shine wants more for his neighborhood than a bad reputation. Look through the eyes of a Chicago teenager as he brings us back to his favorite four hours of the summer: the annual basketball tournament at the Ickes Homes on Chicago's South Side. 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.

Family Vacation

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | 04:26

Your mom's got Van Morrison on repeat, she wants to talk "mother daughter trust," and there's still hundreds of miles left to go. Trapped inside a family car trip gone horribly wrong. From Jesse Chanin of Blunt Youth Radio Project.

Default-piece-image-0 Your mom's got Van Morrison on repeat, she wants to talk "mother daughter trust," and there's still hundreds of miles left to go. Trapped inside a family car trip gone horribly wrong. Jesse Chanin reports from the backseat.

Summer Jobs

From Alaska Teen Media Institute | 02:41

ATMI reporter Sara Perman got to wonder how other kids get their summer jobs. She soon found out it's often who you know rather than what you know, even when you're a teenager. From Alaska Teen Media Institute.

Default-piece-image-2 ATMI reporter Sara Perman got to wonder how other kids get their summer jobs. She soon found out it's often who you know rather than what you know, even when you're a teenager.

Will You Go To Prom With Me?

From Curie Youth Radio | 03:14

Asking is the hardest part.

Phil attempts to ask someone -- anyone -- to Prom. From Phillip Baggett of Curie Youth Radio.

16857_small 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.

Ricky, The Banjo, and Me

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | 04:09

David Barber-Callaghan grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, listening to his parents and their friends play old-time music on sticky summer nights. These days David is a reporter with the Blunt Youth Radio Project in Portland, Maine. And while there's plenty of live music in Portland, he still misses those cozy bluegrass jams.

Bluntphotos04_small David Barber-Callaghan grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, listening to his parents and their friends play old-time music on sticky summer nights. These days David is a reporter with the Blunt Youth Radio Project in Portland, Maine. And while there's plenty of live music in Portland, he still misses those cozy bluegrass jams.

Dominican Republic

From Radio Rookies | 08:10

Angely has family in the Dominican Republic, and she goes there every year for vacation. She adores the Dominican Republic and often wishes she lived there, instead of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. But many Dominicans, like Angely's father and grandfather, immigrate to New York for a "better life." Angely's not sure they're making the right choice. Reported by Angely Tavares, Produced by Czerina Patel with assistance from Michael Kavanagh. From Radio Rookies.

Angely_small Angely has family in the Dominican Republic, and she goes there every year for vacation. She adores the Dominican Republic and often wishes she lived there, instead of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. But many Dominicans, like Angely's father and grandfather, immigrate to New York for a "better life." Angely's not sure they're making the right choice.

Slangin

From SpiritHouse Inc/Youth Noise Network | 08:45

An informative and humorous piece on the slang youth use today. This piece might help answer the question, "Why is slang so unique and important to young people?" From Emmanuel Watson and Spencer Washington of Youth Noise Network at the Center for Documentary Studies.

Default-piece-image-1 Eh! if you watch the Daily Show, check this out. This piece will inform you on things you need to know about this generation's slang. And it might help answer the question, "Why is slang so unique and important to young people?" This piece was produced during Youth Document Durham (YDD), a summer program at the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, North Carolina.

Bike Riding

From Alaska Teen Media Institute | 02:02

Alaska Teen Media Institute's Michael Eddy is excited for summer, because it means biking. And he likes biking. A lot. Listen through clicks, clacks, chain pulls and tire screeches as Michael describes just why he's so obsessed.

Default-piece-image-0 ATMI's Michael Eddy is excited for summer, because it means biking. And he likes biking. A lot. Listen through clicks, clacks, chain pulls and tire screeches as Michael describes just why he's so obsessed.

The Rise of the Staycation

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | 05:31

The Ins and Outs of Getting Away Without Going Anywhere. From Libby Donovan of Blunt Youth Radio Project.

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YouthCast #177: My Time in Greece from Alaska Teen Media Institute

From YouthCast | 13:29

Last month, Jacob Holley-Kline went on a school trip to Greece. He had worked all of the previous summer to pay travel expenses. When he got there, he was stunned by the beauty of the place. "The water looked like a melted gemstone or something. Like congealed tanzanite," Jacob told me. But something was bothering him. Why does he get to go to Greece, and other folks don't? Did he deserve to be there?

This is the question Jacob puzzles over in this beautifully written and delivered commentary, from the Alaska Teen Media Institute.

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While Jacob was in Greece, he kept a diary — writing between 5 and 9 pages every day. "As it stands now," Jacob said, " the whole 8 or 9 days is a complete blur."

So how did he decide which details, from all those pages of writing, he should include in a three-minute commentary? "After living in Alaska for my whole life, there's a lot of beauty here, but it's a totally different kind of beauty than in Greece…. So I tried to find the aspects of it that seemed the most unreal . And this is what it came down to."

Jacob also wanted to shout out to Robert Stormo and Rosey Robards at the Alaska Teen Media Institute, "for making me write this — or not making me, but pushing me to write it — because it is one of the reasons I'm able to appreciate the trip as much as I did."

School: Are We Better Off Without It?

From City High Radio | 02:38

Freshman producer Krysta and her friends wonder what life would be like without school .

Default-piece-image-0 Freshman producer Krysta and her friends wonder what life would be like without school .

We All Scream for Ice Cream

From Stories from Deep in the Heart, a project of Texas Folklife | 03:50

Youth reporters from Kealing Middle School visit an iconic and eccentric Austin creamery, Amy's Ice Cream.

Img_3024_1__small Youth reporters from Kealing Middle School visit an iconic and eccentric Austin creamery, Amy's Ice Cream.