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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Veronica Miller takes a trip to the arena to solve the ultimate Howard University riddle: If the basketball team has a 5-23 record, why are the ble...

Bought by 90.5 WSNC


  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 04:04
  • Purchases: 1
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James Murdock (Columbia University) visits some bookstores and libraries in New York City. He finds that some customers are noticing a change in ho...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 05:31
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Lauren Fitzpatrick (Northwestern University) reports that even if gay marriage becomes legal throughout the United States, not all couples would be...

Bought by KSFR, WRNC-LP, WGBH Radio Boston, WCAI / WNAN, YouthCast and more


  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 06:46
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Alise Widmer(Arizona State University) examines a community in her own backyard near Phoenix, Ariz., that has long celebrated same-sex marriages.

Bought by KUNM, KSUT, and KRCC-FM


  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 05:46
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A look at how the development of technology has forever changed the way we listen - to music, film and radio. Adeline Goss reports.

Bought by WUAL, WAMC, KTNA, and WKMS


  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 03:26
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Minority kids become DJs

Bought by KFAI


  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 04:38
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Andrew Etuk explores how men could be spreading aids to Africn American Women "on the down low."

Bought by 90.5 WSNC and WAMC


  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 04:05
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Angela Taylor explores the 30th Anniversary of NABJ and the history of black journalism.

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 05:36
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A recent college graduate tackles more than just her shopping list on a routine visit to the grocery store.

  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 02:52
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Ashley Ahearn explores how red tide has affected a restaurant and the clamming industry.

  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 05:02
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A small but growing number of older rugby players are defying the odds and in many cases the advice of their doctors.

Bought by KISU, New Hampshire Public Radio, and WUAL


  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 03:04
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  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 02:51
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Claire Blaustein studies the musical elements in several scores of music that have long inspired a sense of horror in listeners.

Bought by SpiritHouse Inc/Youth Noise Network and WAMC


  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 06:01
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Elizabeth Dwoskin reports on finding the best way to use public transportation and remain environmentally responsible.

  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 04:10
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Eric Shih reports on the under-representation of Asian Americans in the media.

Bought by WDBM


  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 04:46
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Hispanic students tend to stay close to home for college. This trend is often blamed on low incomes. If this is the case, why do students of econom...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 05:28
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Why is Self-Determination and Sovereignty so important to Native Nations? Jaynie Parrish takes a look.

Bought by KSUT


  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 03:26
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Dowsers claim to have incredible success in finding one of life's most basic needs: water. However their method is controversial, unproven, and to ...

Bought by KWCW


  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 04:10
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College athletes are experimenting with an unlikely remedy for soreness called DMSO. It?s not FDA approved - but that?s not the only reason it?s tu...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 05:10
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The commentary will focus on how a rich girl from the Philippines, a third-world country, with maids at her beck and call, ended up working at McDo...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 04:26
  • Purchases: 1