NPR's Next Generation Radio

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Pieces conceived, reported, written, edited and produced by college journalists

Next Generation Radio came out of hundreds of "coffee klatch" conversation I have had over my 20+years in public radio. I'm a producer, but I'll talk to anyone.. editors, engineers, reporters, writers, marketers, PR professionals, lawyers and yes, even business people. Within public radio, many were concerned about who would replace them when they decided they didn't want to do it anymore. I had wondered that myself. Most of the people I spoke with had/have stellar careers, but felt a little marginalized. They could rage against the machine. Many employed lawyers to do so, but I thought otherwise. If they say they can't find qualified people, then lets invest in developing and nurturing those missing qualified people. We'll grow our own.
Nobility will only get you so far because when it comes down to it, everything costs money. Yet, at NPR, we have been fortunate to have advocates in high places who made sure some money was there. They created the budget line, we created the people. It's not easy and often difficult. We're on the road or at NPR working with people who have never seriously put a radio story together. Everything could blow up and early on it did a few times. Why did we keep going? You should see the students faces once they hear their own idea as a finished "public service journalism" story. The light bulbs go on and today, so do we. I understand now why my Dad in college, and my Aunt's in Detroit and New Orleans public schools have taught each for over 30 years. By my count 40 or 50 people former college students who came through our projects are now working in public radio someplace
In summing up her frustration while attending a journalism conference, one of my mentor's said something I'll never forget. She said, "Everybody's bitching, but what are they doing about it."
I remember that each time we hit the road for another training project. We're doing something about it. This series is on-going and, oh by the way, the people you see and hear in this area of PRX are either looking for work or need to graduate so they can look for work.
From several dozen pieces, I tried to select those that best represent what we do and who we work with. These pieces were created over a few weeks and produced in a few days. They would like to know what you think and so do I. Hide full description

Next Generation Radio came out of hundreds of "coffee klatch" conversation I have had over my 20+years in public radio. I'm a producer, but I'll talk to anyone.. editors, engineers, reporters, writers, marketers, PR professionals, lawyers and yes, even business people. Within public radio, many were concerned about who would replace them when they decided they didn't want to do it anymore. I had wondered that myself. Most of the people I spoke with had/have stellar careers, but felt a little marginalized. They could rage against the machine. Many employed lawyers to do so, but I thought otherwise. If they say they can't find qualified people, then lets invest in developing and nurturing those missing qualified people. We'll grow our own. Nobility will only get you so far because... Show full description


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Addie Whisenant meets up with Geneva Williams, AKA Gee Whiz, a black female race car driver.

  • Added: Sep 11, 2006
  • Length: 04:38
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Jenee Darden reports on the hip-hop leadership camp, which is a free summer program where kids learn the business side of the hip-hop industry.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KISU, and KUOW


  • Added: Sep 11, 2006
  • Length: 04:08
  • Purchases: 3
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LaToya Dennis reports on a new power plant being built in small-town Reynolds, Indiana.

  • Added: Sep 11, 2006
  • Length: 03:29
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Bethany Ocansey reminisces about the influence of racism on her childhood and how it didn't affect her until she moved from Europe to America.

  • Added: Sep 11, 2006
  • Length: 03:55
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Shakima Swain explores the obsession women have with their shoes and the effort to have perfect feet.

  • Added: Sep 11, 2006
  • Length: 04:01
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Katherine Larkai reports on the Senegalese influence in Harlem.

  • Added: Sep 11, 2006
  • Length: 05:04
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Joyce Vargas explores the idea of "city famrs" and how it might just bring change to one of the roughest neighborhoods in New York City.

  • Added: Sep 11, 2006
  • Length: 04:34
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Geoge Diaz reports on how the Catholic Church may be protecting the rights of illegal immigrants.

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Sep 11, 2006
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Chad Scott reports on the New York Knicks' 2005-2006 Season.

  • Added: Sep 11, 2006
  • Length: 04:00
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Akilah Amapindi looks at how the mega-church phenomenon has affected the traditional African American church.

  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 05:34
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Caroline Nathan looks reports on the increase in interest in cricket in America

  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 04:33
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Elementary school-aged children are feeling pressured into joining street gangs.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 12:25
  • Purchases: 1
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Emily Schwing takes a look at how location influences language differences.

  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 03:29
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Erika joined a group of real live Ghost Busters in Kansas City.

Bought by PRX Administrator and KDNK


  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 05:15
  • Purchases: 2
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When Leticia Makin went to London to shadow a paparazzi photographer, she expected to get the inside scoop on the profession. She ended up learning...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 03:56
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There's more to bike racing than the Tour de France. Some bike messengers organize and compete in their own races called "alley cats." Mac Henry re...

Bought by KUT, Marfa Public Radio, KZSC, and BSR Radio


  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 04:51
  • Purchases: 4
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Intern Edition reporter Molly Samuel took a road trip to the town Whitesburg, Kentucky, where the radio show "Ska, Punk and Other Junk," is finding...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 05:31
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In the hottest big-city clubs, Arabic music is making its mark. Reporter Rana Sweis finds out why finding musical connections could mean something ...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 04:44
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Sae Komura reports on how long-established Hmong social service agencies and providers are trying to prevent entrance to these gangs.

  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 04:18
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Mp3 players are everywhere with most people flashing those white iPod earbuds. Intern Edition's Tristan Kraft wanted to know what these people were...

Bought by WMUK


  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 1