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.

Series

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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


Pieces

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Weed, cocaine, morphine, oxycontin, crack, Ryan has tried them all. Once he developed a tolerance for one, he just moved on to the next. Now he's i...

Bought by Remix Radio and WXLV-FM


  • Added: Apr 12, 2007
  • Length: 04:53
  • Purchases: 2
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The 1998 "Master Settlement Agreement" was supposed to stop cigarette companies from marketing to kids. So why are those Marlboros right next to th...

Bought by WXLV-FM and KFAI


  • Added: Mar 29, 2007
  • Length: 02:39
  • Purchases: 2
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Emily and her cousin Sarah come up with a novel scheme to save her grandfather from his smoking habit. Rather than being rewarded, their efforts la...

Bought by PRX Remix, WMPG, and WXLV-FM


  • Added: Mar 15, 2007
  • Length: 06:06
  • Purchases: 3
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David Barber-Callaghan grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, listening to his parents and their friends play old-time music on sticky summer nights. Thes...

Bought by WMMT, PRX Remix, Troy Public Radio, WMPG, Remix Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 23, 2007
  • Length: 04:09
  • Purchases: 10
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Emily LaFond can't handle the shame of not being the best. But an embarrassing stint on the school swim team helped her lose her ego.

Bought by WXLV-FM


  • Added: Jan 02, 2007
  • Length: 06:30
  • Purchases: 1
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When Nikki became a mother of two at the age of seventeen she promised to leave her life of drugs and crime behind. It was a promise she couldn't k...

Bought by KFAI, Remix Radio, YouthCast, and WXLV-FM


  • Added: Nov 28, 2006
  • Length: 06:25
  • Purchases: 4
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In 1969 the Supreme Court found that students "do not shed their constitutional rights...at the schoolhouse gate." Today, most schools retain the r...

Bought by KUOW, WXLV-FM, KOOP, WXLV-FM, and KXOT Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 21, 2006
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 5
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Some kids joke about dropping out, but when Sarah Smith's family started to fall apart, she saw it as her only option.

Bought by SpiritHouse Inc/Youth Noise Network, WXLV-FM, YouthCast, and KFAI


  • Added: Jul 03, 2006
  • Length: 02:21
  • Purchases: 4
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Do you need to lose your virginity to be considered a man? Parris Cayer-Leary turns to his grandfather for answers.

Bought by WXLV-FM


  • Added: Nov 22, 2005
  • Length: 05:06
  • Purchases: 1
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Johanna Greenberg says parents, including her own, are falling down on the job when it comes to "the talk." So she makes the first move.

Bought by KZYX, PRX to iTunes, and YouthCast


  • Added: Nov 21, 2005
  • Length: 03:16
  • Purchases: 3