Drop That Knowledge: Youth Radio Stories

Drop That Knowledge: Youth Radio Stories

Drop That Knowledge: Youth Radio Stories

Drop That Knowledge: Youth Radio Stories

Synopsis

This is the first book to take us inside Youth Radio for a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at a unique, Peabody Award-winning organization that produces distinctive content for outlets from National Public Radio to YouTube. Young people come to Youth Radio, headquartered in Oakland, California, from under-resourced public schools and neighborhoods in order to produce media that will transform both their own lives and the world around them. Drop That Knowledge weaves their compelling personal stories into a fresh framework for understanding the relationship between media, learning, and youth culture at a moment when all three spheres are undergoing dramatic change. The book emphasizes what is innovative and exciting in youth culture and offers concrete strategies for engaging and collaborating with diverse groups of young people on real-world initiatives in a range of settings, online and in real life.

Excerpt

In 2005 eighteen-year-old Quincy Mosby walked into Youth Radio’s newsroom and announced, “We all have aids.” “Okay,” I said. “So what does that mean?” Quincy told me that his mom was HIV-positive and that he wanted to write about how her status was affecting him and his sister. We sat down together at the computer and he started describing the conditions of their lives leading up to his mom’s diagnosis:

When I was a little kid, I idolized my mom. Friday and Saturday, those
were our days. We didn’t have any furniture, but we’d just sit on the
floor and watch movies and eat day-old take-out and laugh. I used to
think, if I could be a parent, she was the kind of parent I wanted to be.

But that was before we moved to an apartment out in Georgia, and
a lot of things changed. Actually, an apartment is a grandiose term for
where we were living. It was more of a one-room shack. When we were

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