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


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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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5 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


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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...

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  • 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 Northeast Public Radio 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
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It's considered by many to be a rite of passage, but Blunt reporter David Barber-Callaghan isn't sure whether he wants to go to his senior prom. In...

Bought by PRX Remix, WMPG, and YouthCast

  • Added: May 15, 2008
  • Length: 05:19
  • Purchases: 3
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A sonic exploration of lives and dollars spent in the Iraq War.

  • Added: May 08, 2008
  • Length: 02:43
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Chandra's mother is distant toward her activities, including cheerleading, at high school. Her mom has never watched her cheer. She objects to the ...

Bought by WMPG and YouthCast

  • Added: Jan 17, 2008
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 2
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Getting letters in jail is part of what keeps Randy going. Here he shares some from his friends in Texas.

Bought by KDNK

  • Added: Jan 17, 2008
  • Length: 02:06
  • Purchases: 1