NPR’s Morning Edition broadcast live from Youth Radio’s downtown Oakland studios March 21-25, 2016. Host David Greene and NPR partnered with Youth Radio’s local young reporters to co-produce and co-host stories covering Bay Area and national hot topics, trends and culture—all from a youth perspective.
Throughout the week, listeners heard student reporters from the Peabody award-winning Youth Radio as part of Morning Edition’s daily line-up. From gentrification and the San Francisco Bay Area’s housing crisis to Oakland’s vibrant arts scene and the 2016 Presidential Election, Youth Radio’s coverage highlighted youth voices on the week’s biggest stories.
Friday, March 25th, 2016
NPR’s David Greene talks with Youth Radio journalists Desmond Meagley, Billy Cruz, and Kensha Secrease about how young people approach politics, first time voting, and the issues they care about from college debt to growing up in an age of terror and economic inequality.
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
For many teen girls, the Internet can be hateful place. To counter the negativity, they’ve been coming up with their own social media solutions. According to Pew, 73 percent of teen girls use social media to get support from peers, so they’ve been creating spaces where teens play into the positive and taking national conversations about gender into their own hands.
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
Nearly one-third of teens between the 9th and 12th grade show symptoms of depression, according to the Childtrends, a non-profit research organization that analyzed statistics gathered from the CDC. In this audio diary style feature followed by a conversation, Youth Radio explores how young people build healthy habits (through friendships and technology) to get through tough emotional times.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
We talk about the “Latino vote” as if it were a thing, but in fact Latino voters are not easy to pin down because of their diversity. This is especially the case as the demographic skews younger. Youth Radio’s Nila Venkat has been talking to Latino college students around the country and looking into what defines this influential group of voters.
Monday, March 21st, 2016
Youth Radio looks at the ripple effects of a little-known restriction that blocks low-income college students from accessing public housing. While applying for public housing as a low-income student was once simple, that has changed in the last decade. In San Francisco, so-called “transitional age” youth face skyrocketing rents and limited options, especially those who want to pursue their dreams of higher education.
Oakland’s changing all around us. Youth Radio’s Senay Alkebulan sees his own neighborhood, West Oakland, as “ground zero” for gentrification. But the whole city’s affected–including downtown, where Uber’s ready to expand its huge headquarters. Join Senay and NPR’s David Greene as they walk the streets and sit down with public librarian Dorothy Lazard, who runs the downtown History Room.