Real stories by New York City teenagers take listeners inside their lives and their communities in this Peabody Award-winning youth journalism initiative. For teens, by teens and about the challenges of teen life, Radio Rookies gives students the tools and the training to share their own stories through the medium of audio.
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The Mary Jane Mindset: Rookies report on Marijuana
Temitayo and Gemma spoke with nearly three dozen high school students who smoke weed to learn more about what they call "the Mary Jane mindset".
Father's Day from Radio Rookies: Trying to Do it Right and Not Repeat a Father's Mistakes
When people think about teen parents, they usually picture a young mom. But what about the dads?
Tough to the Corps: Teen Girl Wants to Join Marines
Cece Rodriguez may be tiny at 5 ’4”, 100 lbs, but she’s physically strong. Despite her family’s concerns, she dreams of testing her toughness by enlisting in the U.S. Marines.
Sickle and Me
Nearly 100,000 Americans suffer from a disorder called Sickle Cell Anemia. Radio Rookie Bree Person hates talking about Sickle cells – but she put together this report nevertheless.
American Dream - Minus My Mom
At 17-years-old Tangeneka Taylor moved to the U.S from Guyana with her dad and sister. Along with having to adjust to a new country, she’s had to adjust to life without her mom.
Eyes Off the Goal: When Sports Rule and School Suffers
Fresh grass. Freedom. Success. That was the sensation Edward Munoz experienced every time he walked onto a soccer field. But in school, he felt like he wasn’t meant to be there.
Really Miss Radio Rookies
This was the podcast that got me listening to podcasts back in 2010. I loved the raw emotion the kids shared about their topic of choice and the fact that I learned so much about NYC culture through the eyes of the local youths. I keep coming back here every so often, hoping a new episode will get posted...really wish that the Radio Rookies program comes back one day!
I love Radio Rookies!
The Next Generation
Listening to these young people is like sticking your ears into the future. Thanks WNYC for giving teens the tools to put their voices out there.