Blunt Youth Radio Project

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WMPG’s Blunt Youth Radio Project brings together Maine teenagers to produce audio stories and interviews on topics that matter to them. Finished work is aired on WMPG or made available in podcast format.

The young people handle all aspects of audio production: story development, contacting interview subjects, reporting, recording, editing, on-air hosting, broadcast engineering, podcast production, and sharing and promoting finished audio pieces. Whether youth are participating in Blunt-hosted workshops or are long-term audio correspondents, there is room for everyone to be part of our audio team. 

Blunt Youth Radio Project is the winner of thirteen regional and national broadcasting awards. Blunt has been on air for 20 years, and our work has aired on various NPR programs, the BBC, Marketplace, and This American Life, as well as many stations around the country through the Public Radio Exchange. Our broadcast can be heard Tuesday nights from 7:30-8:30 EST on WMPG-FM, Greater Portland, Community Radio

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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4 Pieces

Young people all over the country are deeply driven to be youth climate activists. One way they are doing this is by figuring out how to best use their voice to advocate for the issues that matter most to them. Youth producers from around southern Maine met virtually during the pandemic as part of a 12-week Blunt Youth Radio audio workshop focused on climate activism. These pieces are their final projects created during the workshop.

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13 Pieces

Youth Led Public Affairs Live from Blunt Youth Radio


Pieces

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Quinnisa interviewed two ocean advocates and marine researchers about their work and the impact of marine debris in our oceans.

  • Added: May 10, 2021
  • Length: 12:50
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It’s hard to shift from the toxic mindset of fast fashion, trend-driven new-each-season purchasing, but that can have a big impact on the volume of...

  • Added: May 10, 2021
  • Length: 10:38
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Producer Idey Abdi interviewed members of her community and youth activists about how climate change impacts their lives here in Maine and the live...

  • Added: May 10, 2021
  • Length: 08:37
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Producer Anna Ravis interviewed an activist, a chef and seaweed researchers to understand some ways that people are trying to reduce the impacts of...

  • Added: May 10, 2021
  • Length: 16:51
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An interview with Zak Ringelstein, candidate for U.S. Senate from Maine in the 2018 elections.

  • Added: Oct 28, 2018
  • Length: 32:16
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Blunt Youth Radio goes to the Maine Women's Lobby Economic Summit.

  • Added: Mar 15, 2016
  • Length: 03:18
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Blunt Youth Radio goes to the Maine Women's Lobby Economic Summit.

  • Added: Mar 15, 2016
  • Length: :58
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Blunt Youth Radio goes to the Maine Women's Lobby Economic Summit.

  • Added: Mar 15, 2016
  • Length: 05:41
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Blunt Youth Radio goes to the Maine Women's Lobby Economic Summit.

  • Added: Mar 15, 2016
  • Length: 03:09
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Blunt Youth Radio goes to the Maine Women's Lobby Economic Summit.

  • Added: Mar 15, 2016
  • Length: 04:08