Dear Father

Photo by jacquelinetinney via Flickr
Photo by jacquelinetinney via Flickr

Gabriel Martinez, a seventh grader, wrote this thoughtful and moving letter to his unknown father. This story was selected by PRX editors as both a Staff Favorite and a Best of Youth-Made Radio. “Dear Father” was also picked up by Remix, PRX’s 24-hour stream, which prompted this letter as a result of hearing the story at dawn within a Massachusetts Corrections Facility.

What It Means to be a Woman — Chloe Espinosa

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Image from DonkeyHotey via Flickr

Chloe Espinosa, a student at St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico explores what it means to be a woman from a variety of different perspectives. She interviews her classmates, friends, parents and siblings as well as articulates her own opinion in this engaging vox pop and commentary.

Jimmy’s Story

High school isn’t easy. Jimmy’s high school experience was especially difficult. Now a student at the United World College in Montezuma, NM, Jimmy went through years of being bullied. Jimmy’s story was part of a radio show put on by YMP and the Santa Fe High School’s Student Wellness Action Team that was created to illuminate the dangers of bullying to help reduce the terrible trend. Please lend your ears to this intensely raw story that details the horror of being bullied to put a stop to the violence.

Bullying and Gender

The Santa Fe High School Student Wellness Team (SWAT) decided to better their community and peers by creating a radio program dedicated to reducing bullying. This beautifully interwoven poem, written and performed by Ariana Maestas with performance help from Alix Monastero is meant to explore the ways people react to bullying differently.  Her simple structure and narrative flow makes this piece extremely powerful and intense. Please take the time to learn from the heart about gender differences in bullying situations.

Facebook Cyberbullying Radio Drama

As part of an Audio Revolution! show about bullying created by Santa Fe High School’s Student Wellness Action Team (SWAT), this radio drama is meant to illuminate the dangers of cyberbullying. Created by a group of students from the Academy of Technology and the Classics, the radio drama focuses on the abusive language is commonly part of bullying over the internet. Because of its extreme popularity, Facebook is a main site for cyberbullying and is the site of interaction in this very informative, creative and palpable expose on the dangers of this new form of bullying.

2012 Politics

Ari Rappaport, a junior at the MASTERS program, wants you! to vote (if you can.) He wrote this radio commentary to get youth involved in politics. He believes that this year’s presidential election is of utmost importance to everyone living in the US.

Take a listen to these impassioned words by Ari Rappaport:

Gay Rights and Religion

Chloe Espinosa, a student at a Catholic school in Santa Fe, NM, explores the issue of gay rights in the context of religion. She interviews a local pastor and her aunt, who is gay. With humor and conviction, Chloe looks at how you can be both a supporter of gay rights and maintain your religious beliefs.

2012 Consciousness

Max Kalyani, when asked what’s going on in 2012, first responds with “New Age consciousness…the Mayan Calendar!” In this commentary, Max, a senior at the Academy of Technology and the Classics, delivers some hilarious and informative facts about December 21st, 2012. Listen in closely!


Taking his inspiration from Marvin Gaye’s song “What’s Going On,” Ryan Lawless, SFCC student, explores family dynamics in the 21st century while recounting stories and sounds from Marvin Gaye. This personal narrative will take you on a journey through what it means to be ‘family’ today (including all the ups and downs!) This radio narrative was performed live at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as part of Youth Media Project’s participation in the nation What’s Going On Now program. To watch Ryan perform, click here, and go to 35:35.

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New Mexico SBA Testing

Public education is a huge deal in New Mexico- Aaron Baca, a junior at Capital Highschool, discusses his newest problem with his schooling: a test that decides whether or not he receives a diploma or not. Having struggled through school, Aaron doesn’t believe it is fair that his academic worth should be determined by ONE TEST.