“Don't reach for normal, reach for better”-Michelle Obama, Michelle Norris--Zorah Cohen, 11th Grade
Being a mixed race person or in a mixed family can be confusing. Cultures clash, strange questions are asked, no ethnic community considers you a real member, and some people just don't like you. But what are the individual experiences? Does everyone have trouble with their cultures rejecting each other? For me, they definitely do, but to further understand, I spoke with two other people in mixed households: One, a person of many ethnicities herself. Another, an adopted child with parents of two separate ethnic identities.
Written/Hosted by: Hisako Nakayama-Rogers
Produced by: Chris McGovern
Interviewees: Kai Nyame Drayton-Yee, Keilani Hansen Adachi
Hip hop and female MCs! Learn about the culture, female mcs that have made an impact in the game, and hear interviews from female rappers them self speaking on rap beefs and talking about how they started rapping! Enjoy.
Ella Zalon tackles her own feelings as a Jew about Israel as well as examining the discourse among Jews around the issue. For more perspective on it, she interviews a Jewish educator and a friend. The podcast was produced by Sarah Isen.
Shoe culture is adored by sneakerheads, but what about young middle and high school kids who subscribe to its addictiveness? It’s no secret that shoes create a class system for minority groups in schools, but how does someone measure the effects of its place? In this podcast, Jeff Pearlstine, co-owner of Solespace, a shoe store in Downtown Oakland, and Justin Walton, a current high school student, discuss the ways in which shoes effect/ affected their life in the school environment. Hosted by Elena Ruiz and produced by Elisa Minoue.
Do you believe the stereotypes between emphasis are true? Oakland School for the Arts is the most dramatic, fantastic ,over the TOP school you’d ever step foot in. I broke down the stereotypes in all emphasis from Literary to Theater and asked what they thought about them. You’ll even get a peek of how I thought OSA was going to be like, “So maybe OSA didn’t fulfill my Victorious-stereotype dreams, but two years in, I can say it’s certainly proved to have plenty stereotypes of its own. All you gotta do is hang out with some Digital Media kids, or Theatre students—and you’ll know what I mean. “- Mia Haskins
Written & Hosted By: Mia Haskins
Co-Hosted By: Elena Ruiz
Produced By: Seth Damany & Elisa Minoue
This story is about one bus that passes straight down Oakland: The 57. A slow, hot, crowded, and a never-new, sometimes busted bus. All kinds of people step on that bus from all different parts of Oakland—all different races and all different ages. I’ve seen the city change on the bus, and off it. Historic buildings have shifted into epicenters for mass corporations such as Uber and Pandora, bringing in another large boom of techies. But the migration to Oakland isn’t necessarily to all of Oakland. There are certain neighborhoods that boast more gentrification than others. The 57 has held its fair share of tension between these neighborhoods and I wanted to know if other people on my bus felt this tension. This story is the story of the bus, of Oakland, and of its community. -Chloe Xtina
What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, you’re grown now, kids. So what are you going to do? What leads us to achieve our goals and how does the transition between childhood to adulthood play into that? Essentially, how do we grow up to be what we want? In this podcast, we discuss the opportunities and challenges of new adulthood. Through interviews with teens and adults, we explore the new freedom and obstacles that crossing the line into adulthood brings.
Written by: Catie Tyler
Produced by: Rigpa LieuPalacios