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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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


Pieces

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Julia Tecada was looking forward to her sophmore year at Tulane, then came Katrina. Now she's studying at Boston University, but it's proving hard ...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2005
  • Length: 02:22
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Hurricane Katrina stirred up a national dialogue about racial inequality and prompted Blunt's Bly Lauritano-Werner to take a look at some of the di...

Bought by KZYX, PRX Remix, KSFR, KTNA, and YouthCast


  • Added: Oct 18, 2005
  • Length: 04:15
  • Purchases: 5
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Eating toast, watching TV, playing guitar, these are the things David Barber-Callaghan likes to do on the weekend. But his father has a different i...

Bought by PRX Remix, YouthCast, WXLV-FM, YouthCast, and PRX


  • Added: Jul 22, 2005
  • Length: 02:20
  • Purchases: 5
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Weeks after S. Spencer Scott interviewed Lavinia Gelineau about the loss of her husband Chris, a young soldier who was killed in Iraq, Lavinia hers...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, KISU, KHNS, KFAI Minneapolis, KRZA and more


  • Added: Jul 22, 2005
  • Length: 07:45
  • Purchases: 16
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A primer on the most delicate of arts.

Bought by WXLV-FM and KHSU


  • Added: Feb 08, 2005
  • Length: 02:19
  • Purchases: 2
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The voices of eighteen-year-old, first-time voters in Portland, Maine on the eve of the 2004 election.

Bought by PRX Election Podcast, Littleglobe, and PRX


  • Added: Nov 01, 2004
  • Length: :34
  • Purchases: 3
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The voices of incarcerated first-time voters (and ardent non-voters) from the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, Maine.

Bought by Remix Radio, KUOW, KPFA, and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 11, 2004
  • Length: 02:28
  • Purchases: 4
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An experimental look at what it's like to be committed to the Long Creek Youth Development Center.

Bought by Remix Radio and East Village Radio


  • Added: Oct 11, 2004
  • Length: 04:08
  • Purchases: 2
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This dreamy feature puts listeners in the mind of Mark, a young man who feels hopeless against the cycles of drugs and violence in his life.

Bought by PRX Remix, Remix Radio, KFAI Minneapolis, and PRX


  • Added: Oct 11, 2004
  • Length: 04:33
  • Purchases: 4
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Two young women tell their stories of drug addiction.

Bought by Remix Radio


  • Added: Oct 11, 2004
  • Length: 04:47
  • Purchases: 1