Blunt Youth Radio Project

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Blunt Youth Radio Project produces a weekly call-in public affairs radio show. Blunt airs every Monday night from 7:30 to 8:30 WMPG, Portland, Maine's community radio station.

Free and incarcerated, high school age youth from the greater Portland area staff the show. All Blunters learn interviewing, hosting, reporting, engineering, and studio production.

The show has won several NFCB and Maine Association of Broadcasters awards. Work by Blunt Youth Radio have aired on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, This American Life, re:Sound, the BBC, Maine Public Radio and others.


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4 Pieces

Blunt Presents Special Coverage of the 2004 Presidential Election

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3 Pieces

Teens and their families talk about S-E-X.

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3 Pieces

Blunt youth producers explore the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by documenting the displaced, and taking at hard look at the racial inequality exposed by the storm.

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22 Pieces

Incarcerated youth from the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, Maine tell stories of life behind bars.

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8 Pieces

Blunt goes to the Maine Women's Lobby Economic Summit.

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9 Pieces

Blunt Youth Radio is trying to give Japanese people a way to tell the story of their experience following the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. Messages from Japan is gathering and sharing the stories of regular Japanese people since the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

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13 Pieces

Youth Led Public Affairs Live from Blunt Youth Radio


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Libby Donovan wasn't challenged in high school, but she still got good grades. She feels that her high schools policy of heterogeneously mixing the...

Bought by WMPG and KUOW

  • Added: Mar 22, 2010
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 2
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Now that 3 of Portland High School's (in Portland, Maine) environmental leaders have graduated, they're wondering if they did enough for the cause.

Bought by PRX Remix, WMPG, and New Hampshire Public Radio

  • Added: Jun 20, 2009
  • Length: 03:37
  • Purchases: 3
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Afternoon drink turned nightmare for both my personal health and the environment. The problems of high fructose corn syrup which is in nearly EVERY...

Bought by KDNK, WMPG, and New Hampshire Public Radio

  • Added: Jun 19, 2009
  • Length: 03:24
  • Purchases: 3
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The Ins and Outs of Getting Away Without Going Anywhere

Bought by WMPG and WGXC

  • Added: Aug 28, 2008
  • Length: 05:31
  • Purchases: 2
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Libby was never even remotely interested in politics. But a trip to the New Hampshire primary changed that.

  • Added: Aug 28, 2008
  • Length: 01:59
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Libby's best friend Caitlin is very very shy-so shy that she feels like she was born into a world where she just doesn't belong.

Bought by and YouthCast

  • Added: Jul 31, 2008
  • Length: 05:20
  • Purchases: 2
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William's been a political junkie since he was a preteen.

Bought by WMPG, 90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR News Station, and PRX Election Podcast

  • Added: Jul 24, 2008
  • Length: 03:05
  • Purchases: 3
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No matter how many times Allen has screwed up his brother has always stood by him. Now Allen's incarcerated at the Long Creek Youth Development Ce...

Bought by Remix Radio

  • Added: Jun 26, 2008
  • Length: 04:26
  • Purchases: 1
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Hillary's been playing music all her life and her gender never seemed to matter. But when she began composing things got more complicated.

Bought by PRX Remix, WMPG, Remix Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, WAMC and more

  • Added: Jun 19, 2008
  • Length: 02:53
  • Purchases: 6
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In Agnes' neighborhood the police never let people gather around when something is going down. But what, she wonders, about the right to assemble? ...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2008
  • Length: 03:22