Podcasts: Listen, Engage, Create

Use as inspiration for discussion or as models for your own podcasts
MPR: Young Reporters Series: MPR's Young Reporters Series pairs high school and college-age reporters from diverse backgrounds with an experienced MPR producer to create compelling stories for MPR News.

Curie Youth Radio: "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."
alt.NPR: YouthCast from PRX: Podcasts created by youth of all ages on subjects from bullying to recycling to advertising.
- This page is a listing of different playlists, organized by topic, of podcasts created by youth. Some of the topics include poetry, the economy, immigration - and a special list just for educators. Note: You have to create a free log-in to hear full episodes.

Sound Opinions from Chicago Public Radio: A weekly radio talk show hosted by two premiere music critics and writers: Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune and Jim DeRogatis who teaches criticism at Columbia College

Poetry Foundation Podcasts: The Poetry Foundation produces 9 different podcast series about poetry. I recommend Poem Talk, which is a discussion about a single, usually contemporary, poem. The guests on the show discuss, argue, analyze and interpret for the pleasure of reading a poem.

StoryCorps: "StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives." From this link, you can choose and listen to stories on a variety of different topics including identity, friendship, romance, and struggle by using the 'categories' drop down menu.

Radiolab: "Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. Bring your curiosity, and we'll feed it with possibility." - Some of my favorite full episodes are Words, Patient Zero, Lost and Found, Laughter, and Detective Stories - Some of my favorite shorts are The Bus Stop, Mutant Rights, Slow, and A Four Track Mind

This American Life: "One of our problems from the start has been that when we try to describe This American Life in a sentence or two, it just sounds awful. For instance: each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. That doesn't sound like something we'd want to listen to on the radio, and it's our show.
So usually we just say what we're not. We're not a news show or a talk show or a call-in show. We're not really formatted like other radio shows at all. Instead, we do these stories that are like movies for radio. There are people in dramatic situations. Things happen to them. There are funny moments and emotional moments and—hopefully—moments where the people in the story say interesting, surprising things about it all. It has to be surprising. It has to be fun."

TED Radio Hour: “A journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TEDTalks from the world's most remarkable minds.”


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