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Playlist: Environmental Youth Radio Favorites

Compiled By: GPRX Youth Environmental Editorial Board

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The best in recent youth radio that touches on environmental issues. Hear young people take on the defining issue of their generation.

Gas Prices are the New Curfew

From Youth Radio | Part of the Youth Radio's the Best of "What's the New What?" series | 02:49

This piece from Youth Radio might not seem like it's about the environment, but it actually shows the links between a limited natural resource, the economics of petroleum, transportation infrastructure, and getting dates.

Wtnwlogo3_small This story is part of Youth Radio's Best of What's the New What? series, which asks what new trends in youth culture are replacing old trends. In short: What's the New What?

The Truffula Trees and WE!

From Voices of Youth - Moab | 04:54

Grace Tyler from Voices of Youth Moab finds new meaning in a Dr. Seuss classic from looking at today's very real environmental problems.

Default-piece-image-1 Grace Tyler is an environmentally impassioned young lady who has found new meaning in Dr. Seuss' book "The Lorax."

We've Got the Power: Austin's Youth Activism

From Youth Spin - KOOP 91.7 FM | 11:45

Interviews with young environmental activists in Austin who work with farmworkers, reuse trash, and...play tennis.

Default-piece-image-0 Youth activism is alive and well deep in the heart of Texas. Created as a contribution to Seattle's KUOW Public Radio series on teen power, this piece is a collection of new and archived interviews and commentaries on teen activism in Austin, TX. Interviewees include Circe, Emily and Rosalind of the Angsty Teen Eco-Warriors, Josh Hagar of Playing for Glimmer, Kate Kelly of Austin's Student/Farmworker Alliance and Joey Gibson-Gonzalez of OutYouth. The piece was planned, produced, recorded and edited by Youth Spinners Ali Halpin, Hannah Hagar (Josh's big sister) and Zoe Cordes-Selbin.

The Bioneers

From Littleglobe | 07:37

The Youth Media Project interviews the Bioneers, a husband and wife duo whose conference inspires environmental innovation.

The Bioneers

Default-piece-image-0 Youth producer, Dolna Smithback, along with her co-host Lee Merrill, interview the founders of the Bioneers conference - a convening of thinkers and change makers, after the hosts had attended the Bioneers Conference in Santa Fe NM. We find out why the Bioneers was created and hear inspirational stories from Nina and Kenny. Included are quotes from Melissa Etheridge at the end of the piece.

Water, Water Everywhere And Not a Drop to Drink

From WAMU | 05:11

This piece by Nick Greenfield examines Washington D.C.'s sewer system, and how faulty infrastructure and dirty rivers can impact local communities.

Default-piece-image-2 The sewer system in Washington D.C. is old and flawed. And when it rains, the sewers don't protect the city's rivers from toxic runoff, garbage and dangerous bacteria. Youth Voices Reporter Nick Greenfield reports.

City Farmers City

From WAMU | 03:40

Looking at the changes in agriculture in the larger mid-Atlantic region.

City Farmers City

Default-piece-image-1 Thomas Jefferson once said, "Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens." Yet a recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture shows farms are disappearing in the mid-Atlantic region. Youth Voices Reporter Nick Greenfield traveled the region to assess the health of the local agriculture industry and then filed this report.

Growing up in Alaska (VOX)

From Alaska Teen Media Institute | 01:43

One of the things many teens say is different about growing up in Alaska: the environment.

Default-piece-image-2 The Alaska Teen Media Institute's Cooper Galvin and Megan Haller interview youth from all over Alaska, asking them what they think about growing up in the last frontier. This VOX includes voices from youth in who live in Bethel, Ketchikan, Homer, Anchorage and more.

Global Warming Rap

From Terrascope Youth Radio | 04:03

Climate change, meet hip hop.

0210high_reztyr_logo-zigzag-350px_small Three youth blend music, VoxPop and one of their own voices to express the anger and urgency they feel about global warming and American policy. Available in full-length and shortened versions; for most stations the shortened version will be more suitable.

Dispatch from Michoacan: Week 1

From KRCB Voice of Youth | 11:31

Although most of this piece centers on other aspects of California teens' trip to Mexico, from 7:30 - 9:30 we hear about their efforts to witness the famous Monarch butterfly migration.

Monarch_small The 2,000 mile winter journey that east coast Monarch butterflies travel to a little forest on the top of a hill in the Mexican state of Michoacan was the subject of Voice of Youth's first international trip. This past December, three VOY correspondents, along with adult director Tatiana Harrison and editorial director Jeremy Hay, traveled all across the state of Michoacan to capture the sights and sounds of this state where a vast number of our own immigrant community is from. VOY director Tatiana Harrison brushed up her skills as a foreign correspondent and sent us this report, all the way from Morelia, the capitol of Michoacan, with sounds and stories captured by our teen correspondents. Enjoy these snapshots of our journey!

Environmental Psychology Interview

From Diego Ruiz | 05:17

Youth Editorial Environmental Board interview with Christie Manning, an environmental psychologist who specializes in the psychology of sustainability.

Default-piece-image-2 Christie Manning is an expert on the role human behavior and thought plays in environmental sustainability. I interviewed her to ask what psychology can contribute to environmentalism, why environmentalists can seem so annoying, and how to effectively influence the audience of an environmental story. (A hint: don't think of it as influencing.)

Environmental Justice Interview

From Diego Ruiz | 05:09

Stephanie Rutherford, a professor of cultural environmental studies, talks about what environmental justice is, who environmental issues really affect in America, and the meaning of environmental racism.

2286950627_d1ba63a77d_small As part of my job with the Youth Editorial Environmental Board at generation.prx.org, I interviewed Stephanie Rutherford, a professor at my college who's an expert on environmental justice. I hope this informs other youth and educators about new ways to think of environmental stories in their own communities.

On the Beach

From Voices of Youth - Moab | 04:55

Pondering relationships and nature.

Default-piece-image-0 In this "stream of consciousness" oriented piece, Cori explores the nature of relationships and relationships with nature. The "beach" in this piece is the shore of the Colorado River, the great artery of the American West that flows right past our town. For her it's a refuge for when a teenage relationship ends and a catalyst for bigger insights.

R U Green?

From Terrascope Youth Radio | 01:16

A humorous look at what people are actually willing to do to help the environment.


While most people claim that they want to be environmentally friendly, Alexandros Zervos, a youth reporter, points out that while most people have the right intentions, they are not always too keen on changing their ways.

A day in the Life: Kids in America and Europe fight for the environment

From Radijojo World Children's Radio Network | Part of the Across the Ocean - the first Transatlantic Radio for kids series | 09:32

A world premier: For the very first time, radio kids from both side of the Atlantic have produced a common "green" radio show!

Transatlantic_poster_klein_small * Youth from Illinois and Berlin talk about ideas how to prevent climate change via internet!
* Fourthgrade Kids with learning disabilities from Berlin present their rap about waiste reduction!
* Kids from Berlin present a magic circus where they learn how to save our Earth on a daily basis!

"My Environmental Impact" - Zoe Martin of Youth Spin

From Youth Spin - KOOP 91.7 FM | 08:55

Youth Spinner Zoe Martin reflects on the perception of environmental activism and strategies for movement members.

Img_0621_small This piece combines editorial commentary, music and vox in an exploration of narrator Zoe Martin's feelings on her environmental impact.  The piece represents the work of Youth Spin as a submission to the collaborative project "A Day in the Life... Teens and the Environment", a project of Generation PRX's collaboration with New Hampshire Public Radio and Terrascope Youth Radio.  

Climate change in Shishmaref Alaska

From Alaska Teen Media Institute | 07:09

Three teens from Shishmaref, Alaska have seen the impacts of climate change first hand. Here they discuss how the warm weather is impacting them and their elders.

Atmi_small Three High school students traveled from Shishmaref, Alaska to Anchorage last month to represent the United States at the Alaska Model United Nations, held at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The Alaska Model U.N. is a three-day mock session in which students from all over the state represent countries from around the world and talk about the issues of today.

This year's topic, Climate Change and Sustainability was especially important to the students from Shishmaref.

Nithya Thiru and Nikki Navio caught up with the Shishmaref students and their advisor while they were in town to hear their story about climate change in Shishmaref.

A Little Flushed Up

From WHJE | 05:41

Our world's not so small porcelain problem

A Little Flushed Up

Toilet_small In this story, WHJE reporter Sara Zhang explores the unpleasant and often under-represented issue of global waste sanitation.  According to the World Health Organization, lack of waste sanitation kills as many people as AIDS, and twice as many as malaria.  Zhang documents her own experiences while visiting China and highlights awareness efforts being made by the World Toilet Organization in this piece.

The Chernobyl Disaster

From Radio Rookies | 08:17

Rookie Reporter Irina was born in Belarus 6 years after the Chernobyl disaster. She has always seen herself as a Chernobyl victim, but the more she learns about the effects of the nuclear radiation, the less she sees herself as one of those victims.

Irina_small Rookie Reporter Irina was born in Belarus 6 years after the Chernobyl disaster. Belarus bore the brunt of the radiation fallout and her family moved to the Bronx to escape the contamination. Now, Irina and her family attribute many of their health problems to the radiation. Their fears are common amongst people from the affected region, but according to experts are often unfounded. Irina always saw herself as a Chernobyl victim, but the more she learns about the effects of the nuclear radiation, the less she sees herself as one of those victims.

Two Zambian girls talk about climate change

From michal rahfaldt | Part of the COP16 Youth Voices from Africa series | 03:46

An interview of 17-year old Kapambwe Chanda who speaks with passion and intelligence about the importance of getting youth involved and interested in climate change issues, and what will happen if we do nothing.

Dsc_7064_small Speaking in the biology lab at their Lusaka-based school, 16 year-old Mwangala Mwale interviews her fellow classmate, 17 year-old Kapambwe Chanda, about what climate change means to her. Chanda speaks with humor and intelligence about the need to get youth more interested in these issues, the responsibility of young people to become involved in this pressing issue that they will soon have to take the lead on handling, and how small actions in one's daily life can make a difference. 

This project is a production of Unicef's Unite for Climate and the Children's Radio Foundation.  Unite for Climate is an online community of young people from all around the world working together on Climate Change. Under the umbrella of UNICEF, our goal is to empower all youth in all countries. Unite for Climate will be a participating member at COP16 in Cancun, Mexico and ready to share the knowledge we receive globally with interested youth.  The Children's Radio Foundation  gives young people a voice, connecting and empowering them to contribute to individual and social change. Through the use of radio and other existing low-cost technologies, the CRF creates innovative media content made by and for children. And through equipping them with the necessary skills and tools, the CRF allows young leaders to make their voices heard.  See our websites for more information: www.childrensradiofoundation.org and www.uniteforclimate.org 

A Crazy, Convoluted Journey: Getting Water to Tucson

From Terrascope Radio | 03:36

Tucson, Arizona, lives on water from the Colorado River, which is hundreds of miles away and half a mile downhill. This is the story of how it gets there, told from the water's point of view.

Img_3466_small Tucson, Arizona, lives on water from the Colorado River, which is hundreds of miles away and half a mile downhill. How does the water travel, uphill, hundreds of miles across the desert, to supply this thirsty city, and what happens to it when it gets there? Lyrically told, this is the story of that journey from the water's point of view.