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On Saturday, October 10th from 2-8pm on the Mission Campus of the City College of San Francisco, KALW will host the second annual Public Radio Party – a celebration of creative radiomaking and the community that supports it. 

You’ll have the chance to meet dozens of KALW host and producers, including Rose Aguilar, Hana BabaJoe Burke, Ashleyanne Krigbaum, and JoAnn Mar.  And Le Show's Harry Shearer is making a special trip to join the celebration.

The Trimmigrants of Humboldt County

Mar 4, 2015
Brett Myers / Youth Radio



On a Thursday in October, I arrive just in time for the morning lecture at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California.  A group of 23 students, mostly guys, with their pens and notebooks out, wait eagerly for their professor Jeff Jones to begin his lecture. Jones has been in the marijuana industry for over 20 years. As he starts to talk about “carbohydrates” and “magnesium sulfite” I feel myself getting completely lost. 

Brett Myers / Youth Radio

The August shooting of Michael Brown touched off protests and sparked a national discussion about race and justice. The 18-year-old African-American man was unarmed when he was shot multiple times by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. Youth Radio reporter Myles Bess lives in Oakland, California, and five years ago he lived through the police shooting of another unarmed black teen, Oscar Grant. Bess traveled to Ferguson for the protests and the funeral of Michael Brown, and he sent us this audio postcard reflecting on what happens next as things quiet down in that town.

This week on KALW's showcase for the best in public radio podcasts:

Youth Radio Podcast: “Prescription Drug Abuse In College”  Correspondent Cyrus Abusaba explores the lethal trend of recreational prescription pill usage among college students.

Double Charged: Teens on House Arrest With GPS

Jul 7, 2014
Brett Myers/Youth Radio

Seventeen-year-old Elisa Morris-Jackson is sitting on the couch in sweatpants and a hoodie. It’s seven p.m. and she’s watching the TV show “Dancing With The Stars.” Seven p.m. each evening is also the time when about 130 other juvenile offenders in Alameda County, California are required to plug in and sit down for their mandatory two-hour battery charge.

“I’m going to be so excited to get this thing off of me,” she said.



Editor's note: The author's last name has been withheld for privacy reasons.

When I was nine, my father started coming home late at night. He would walk through the door like nothing was wrong. But I knew something was. My mother would shout uncontrollably at him, and even threaten divorce. But these were empty words - my mother couldn’t afford to get a divorce, nor was it socially acceptable in Chinese culture.

I later learned that because of him, my mother’s bank account was cancelled, and all her hard-earned money was gambled away at the horse races.

From our partners at Youth Radio

Youth Radio: Ballet is a sport too

Apr 30, 2014

From our partners at Youth Radio.

From our partners at Youth Radio.

From our partners at Youth Radio.

Youth Radio podcast: "An on-line challenge turns deadly"  An online drinking challenge made popular in the UK and Australia has already been responsible for five deaths of men under 30 years old. Youth Radio’s Rafael Johns and his friends have been monitoring this trend on YouTube wondering if it will hit in the US.

Fasting from social media

Mar 19, 2014

From our partners at Youth Radio.

Stanford Storytelling Project: "How Not to Give" The story of an entrepreneur who wanted to give one million t-shirts to Africa.

Youth Radio podcast: “A Critical Look at MOOCs -- Massive On-Line Courses”

Do young "invincibles" need health insurance?

Mar 6, 2014

From our partners at Youth Radio.

The merits of being a teenage fangirl

Feb 27, 2014

From our partners at Youth Radio.

Finding therapy on facebook

Feb 12, 2014

From our partners at Youth Radio.

Are teens today more narcissistic?

Feb 5, 2014

From our partners at Youth Radio.

Oakland high school confronts daily violence

Jan 7, 2014
Brett Myers/Youth Radio

Castlemont High in East Oakland, looks like many other California schools – colorful box-style buildings with big windows – but inside, teacher Demetria Huntsman and several students are deconstructing a shooting that happened out front just 30 minutes before I got there.

Students put civic improvement ideas before the mayor

Dec 18, 2013

From our partners at Youth Radio.

Youth Radio: Young invincible on Affordable Care Act

Dec 5, 2013

From our partners at Youth Radio.

Math education equals more stress for students

Nov 14, 2013

From our partners at Youth Radio.

Battlefield 4 gives Xbox One a chance to shine

Nov 7, 2013

From our partners at Youth Radio.

Youth Radio podcast:  Civic Education for a New Generation

Contrary to popular belief, nearly 90 percent of high school students take a civics class. But what's the quality of those classes? This week's Youth Radio podcast looks at how racial and political diversity in the classroom affects what young people learn about politics and society.

99% Invisible:  Symphony of Sirens

From our partners at Youth Radio.

From our partners at Youth Radio.

Turnstyle News: A teen's letter to the NSA

Oct 10, 2013

You can listen to this piece here.

Dear random NSA officer,

It might have been my web search for notorious murderers that led you to my electronic abode but I promise, I don’t share their homicidal interests.

It’s okay if you search through my stuff, though.  Personally, I don’t mind. I have nothing to hide, at least not from you.

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 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.