Youth Radio Investigates

Californians, Have Your Water Habits Changed?

Earlier this month, 17-year-old Youth Radio reporter Savannah Robinson did a story for NPR about how the historic California drought was affecting her life. Turns out, not enough, if the length of her showers (13 minutes!) were any indication. Sabby made ...

Want To Prepare For The Next Big Quake? Ask A Teen

by Amber Ly You’re sitting on your bed, and your mattress starts to stir beneath you. “Oh, it’s just the cat,” you think to yourself. But then your wardrobe starts to sway. Left, right, left, right. Unless your ...

Woodland Creatures Run Amok at Children’s Fairyland

Squirrel spotted at the Fairyland watering hole. (Photo: Ike Sriskandarajah) Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Squirrel Nutkin opens like this: “This is a tale about a tail—a tail that belonged to a little red squirrel, and his name was ...

The Darker Side of Black Licorice

Want to test your own knowledge of which candies have tested positive for lead? Check out the “Trick or Treat” app from the team at Youth Radio Interactive.  This Halloween, kids everywhere will be out trick or treating for candy. ...

7 Weird Ways to Save Water

By Scott Lau Whether it’s in response to California’s recent drought, or just to be economical, here are seven weird ways young people, like me and my peers, are saving water today. Dirty clothes? Wash your laundry in ...

Alternate Reality Game Eavesdrops On Climate Changed Future

By Darrell Owens The year is 20XX: Dallas is covered in 30 inches of snow, San Francisco is experiencing mild tornadoes, and Greenland has become a tropical paradise. At least, this is what inhabitants of possible futures are saying in the ...

Do Vape Pens Trick Teens?

By Jenny Bolario Vape pens, or e-cigarettes, are often billed as a safer way for smokers to get their fix. The user breathes in water vapor infused with nicotine and exhales what looks like smoke. But with flavors like banana ...

Community Activism Through Mapping

By: Sunday Simon Say there’s an issue in your community you want to fix. There are the obvious tactics. Maybe you try picketing, talking to your local government, or collecting signatures from your neighbors. But have you ever thought ...

Community Activism Through Mapping

By: Sunday Simon Say there’s an issue in your community you want to fix. There are the obvious tactics. Maybe you try picketing, talking to your local government, or collecting signatures from your neighbors. But have you ever thought ...

Pixar Producer Discusses Technology Behind Movie Animation

By: Bianca Brooks Insurance. That’s the field Oscar-nominated Pixar animator and visual effects director Andrew Jimenez credits for helping to make him the animator he is today. After studying film in college, he got an unglamorous insurance job, and ...

Pixar Producer Discusses Technology Behind Movie Animation

By: Bianca Brooks Insurance. That’s the field Oscar-nominated Pixar animator and visual effects director Andrew Jimenez credits for helping to make him the animator he is today. After studying film in college, he got an unglamorous insurance job, and ...

Pixar Producer Discusses Technology Behind Movie Animation

By: Bianca Brooks Insurance. That’s the field Oscar-nominated Pixar animator and visual effects director Andrew Jimenez credits for helping to make him the animator he is today. After studying film in college, he got an unglamorous insurance job, and ...

Brains and Beakers: Secrets Of Science Reporting

By Kendrick Calkins Alexis Madrigal has been called “the perfect modern reporter.” He’s written for The New York Times, Wired, and is now a senior editor of the Atlantic magazine, where he runs their technology section. He recently joined ...