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Battlefield 4 gives Xbox One a chance to shine

Nov 7, 2013

From our partners at Youth Radio.

From our partners at Youth Radio.

From our partners at Youth Radio.

Last week Causes, the company founded by founded by Sean Parker and Joe Green to leverage social media connections for grassroots campaigns, underwent a major facelift.

No longer would Causes.com be a fiefdom of Facebook, the site would become a social network of its own.

A recent study by the Black Organizing Project, Public Counsel, and the ACLU, shows  that the police presence in Oakland schools has a negative impact on students. School policing isn’t a new topic but since the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, administrators and school officials have been pushing for even more police presence in schools. But statistics show that the police aren’t helping.

Youth Radio: Life lessons from laundry

Sep 12, 2013

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Teenagers are three times more likely to be unemployed in this country than adults. In Castro Valley, California there aren’t that many newspaper routes or lawns to mow.  But I was able to land a gig close to home, fixing washers and dryers with Grandpa.

Youth Radio: A community college's fate affects mine

Sep 5, 2013
Steve Rhodes

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I was sitting in my boyfriend’s room in my pajamas, picking out classes when I opened the email informing me that my school had lost its accreditation and might close its doors next year.

It was definitely a shock, and I immediately felt sad. Just getting to college had been a struggle for me.

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I grew up in a middle-class, suburban county in New Jersey, but now I'm a twenty-something intern living in a low-income part of Washington, D.C. The realtor euphemism for such neighborhoods is “transitional,” a word that implies ongoing change. This is ironic because I feel that so many of the residents here feel as though things will never change, and will always stay the same. Since moving here, I've already become accustomed to the wail of sirens, the disconcerting, yet reassuring pulse of blue and red light through the heavy bars on my windows.

It was a little past seven o’clock on a late summer morning in Fremont, California, and 18-year-old D was already running late. At six-foot-one, with black hair and designer glasses, he looks like an Indian version of Clark Kent. It was an important occasion for D, which by the way, isn’t really his name. He asked not to be identified, since that would have defeated the entire purpose of what he was trying to do that day.

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About 18 months ago, novice entrepreneur Sue Khim flew to San Francisco from her home in Illinois to take part in an uncommonly public version of a Silicon Valley rite of passage — the pitch. With thousands of other young techies in the audience, she was scheduled to be onstage at the Launch Festival, a showcase for “stealth” startups that have managed to keep their products out of the voracious tech press, or have as-yet-unreleased products to announce.

Brett Myers


I don't know how I should feel about the George Zimmerman verdict. I was the same age as Trayvon Martin when he was killed. It was the first shooting case that got national attention where I felt connected -- like I could relate. When I first heard the story, it seemed clear: Trayvon Martin was young and he was murdered. I thought it would be an open and shut case. As time progressed, it changed. The more information came out, the more complicated the case became. And then the verdict was announced. I wasn’t surprised. But I was emotionless. Should I be angry? Should I be sad? I felt like goop. No shape. No structure.

Youth Radio: Rethinking fashion after Bangladesh

Jun 4, 2013
Adnan Islam

I’ve always had a deep love for fashion. I celebrate fashion week like it’s a holiday. But earlier this year, I realized the true cost of my clothes when I met a group of women I’d been stealing from my whole life.

As part of an exchange program, I traveled eight thousand miles, from Oakland, Calif. to Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Brett Myers

Seventeen year-old Andrew is filling out a job application for a Jamba Juice in Oakland, California. He’s making his way through the basics, filling out his name and contact information. However question five posed a challenge. It was a yes or no checkbox which read, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?”

Youth Radio: Undocumented teens out of the shadows at last

Mar 15, 2013
Mitzy Ballesteros

Seventeen-year-old Marco Pérez seems like an ordinary teenager. He wakes early each morning and rides his bicycle to Theodore Roosevelt High School. As a senior, he is applying to college. Yet he has a challenge unlike those of most other college-bound students. He is a “dreamer,” an undocumented immigrant student with dreams of legalizing his immigration status in the United States.

Youth Radio explores how a shooting at First Fridays, Oakland's popular monthly street party puts its future in limbo.

In the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, President Obama touched on several issues that might have pricked the ears of his young supporters who were instrumental in getting him re-elected.

According to CIRCLE, young black and Hispanic women provided the strongest support for President Obama among young voters in 2012. Young black male voters also heavily supported the president, although more of them voted Republican than in 2008.

Tesla Motors

What do you do when you’re the owner of a revolutionary electric car manufacturer and the paper of record slams your first mass product in a review?

If you’re Elon Musk of Tesla Motors you take to Twitter and accuse the newspaper of lying. At The Verge:

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We talk about the dangers of technology here from time to time, and have done some on the U.S. government’s use of military drones.

Here’s the mother of all drone reporting, from NBC News’ Michael Isikoff:

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stanning Nichelle Nichols, was instrumental in ensuring that the actress continued to play Lt. Uhura on Star Trek just as she was considering leaving television for Broadway.

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The Penny Arcade Report’s Ben Kuchera has a powerhouse of an editorial up today.

Kuchera uses Quentin Tarantino’s stark refusal to play into an interviewer gambit to see his films– specifically the gun violence heavy Django Unchained – through the lens of the Sandy Hook massacare as a prototype for how game makers should deal with the mainstream press on the issue:

If you haven’t already met 15-year-old Kelvin Doe, it’s time. The kid will no doubt be a household name in the U.S. within a decade.

Remember a year ago when Facebook announced Timeline? How it was going to change the way that people shared information about themselves? Then it came out and everyone just hated it because if there is one thing that people on the internet hate most it’s change?

Youth Radio Podcast: Politics creep into Halloween

Nov 1, 2012
Youth Radio

Who would you rather be for Halloween, Governor Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama? That's what Youth Radio asked people in the Bay Area, while trying to give them a little dramatic inspiration. This and more in the Youth Radio Podcast.

Turnstyle News: The making of an empty San Francisco

Oct 22, 2012

A new, eerily gorgeous empty city video features a San Francisco without cars, pets, or people.

But equally as entertaining for video production nerd types is the “making of” video Ching created, describing his technique.

The League of Young Voters

Young voters make up to close to 20 percent of the electorate in the United States  a big voting block for any candidate. As of early October, 14 percent of young voters remain undecided. The narrative of disengaged youth in this election is dominating headlines lately, and a recent Pew study points to voter registration among young people on the decline. Youth Radio’s Malachi Segers explores some efforts to turn that decline around, by meeting young people where they are: online.

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It would be the perfect media narrative. Barack Obama, a candidate molded in the image of a technocratic Millennial’s fantasy who had a Facebook profile way back in 2006, is losing in the social media theater to William Mittens Romney, who is an actual grandfather. So shocking it has to be true. Cue the contrarian articles and arbitrary data-parsing. There’s only one problem: the debate is totally irrelevant.

Turnstyle: OPD launches anonymous tip by text service

Oct 10, 2012
Pendarvis Harshaw

Oakland residents now have the ability to send completely anonymous texts or E-mail tips about crimes to the city’s police department, officials announced last week.

In response to a rash of homicides, with five deaths in a span of 18 hours from Monday, October 1 through Tuesday, October 2, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan announced in a Thursday press conference that the city was taking new measures in its attempts to fight crime: fuller and more protected citizen participation.

Turnstyle Opinion: Time to socialize social media

Sep 25, 2012

No one knows when the next Facebook redesign is going to come, but chances are you’re going to hate it. And if you’re on Twitter, you probably have opinions about the recent decision to excise third-party apps as well. There is always a sense of injustice when these autocratic changes are announced. The libertarians in the crowd will say “well if you don’t like the service, stop using the product” (conveniently ignoring, of course, that in these companies’ business models the user is the product).

It’s been difficult to be focused on anything but the slowly evolving news out of Libya today. The first thoughts through my head when I learned that a state department staffer was killed as part of a riot at the consulate in Benghazi was of Tehran in 1979. The Iranian Hostage Crisis had a huge impact on American politics. Not only was it a fateful blow to the Carter Administration, it set the stage for both the Iran-Contra scandal and tension that continues between Iran and the United States to this day. Deja vu all over again.

San Francisco Bay Area residents, techie or not, are swimming in the wisdom of startup culture, with its cognescenti profiting handsomely from the books and blogs that form the canon in their indust