NPR's Next Generation Radio

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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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During the Holocaust, a Polish woman named Irena Sendler rescued 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto. Intern Edition?s Liliya Karimova has ...

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LaToya Dennis visits the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO.

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The knitting revival that swept the country a few years ago has now gone from being a trend to a cool national pastime. Leslie Bishop reports.

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Marissa Harris reports on Marquetta Bell Johnson's textile artistry.

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Since 1946, the Fender electric guitar and bass company has been crafting simple, durable and affordable musical instruments that have been used by...

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Fans bid a fond farewell to the legendary Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Michael Katzif was there for the final game.

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An exploration of perceptions of mental health in the black community.

Bought by WCSU-FM, WJAB, and 90.5 WSNC


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Nicole Beemsterboer explores the disconnect between the lack of funding and the demand for services by people with develomental disabilities.

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Patricia Li reports on the changes to the Kansas City Symphony.

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HomeGIRL Caf? is the non profit's newest venture and it is run completely by women. After its first year, this cafe continues to change the lives o...

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The San Marcos hospice held its second annual Camp Heart Song this past week. Rita Garcia reports.

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Rita Garcia reports on a Lawrence, Kansas bar, the Hawk, and its poor reputation.

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Sabrina Hersi-Issa reports on the development of Somali Radio in Atlanta.

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Generations of Cuban immigrants have been coming to the United States seeking freedom since Castro took power. Sarah Bush takes a look at Cuban imm...

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Girl Scouts Behind Bars is a program for girls whose mothers are serving time. Vanessa Romo reports from the Women's Correctional Institution in Je...

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As a teen, Judge Hassan El-Amin saw hip hop as an underground expression of New York urban lifestyle. When he became a father of 7, hip hop became ...

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A young Egyptian-American attempts the recipes that evoke vivid dreams and powerful memories. But can she pull off such a heady task? Listen as Yas...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
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When elder care is required, working with social services can be difficult. Makayla Holloway reports.

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and WAMC


  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
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Andrew Ngo is mesmerized by the mystery of magic.

Bought by KUT


  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
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This radio piece is a window into the world of street racing. In this piece I hope to give the listener an unbiased view on what drives a street ra...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2006
  • Length: 04:46