Wizened and cynical adults, take note. This production of the eponymous and long-running WNYC workshop, which helps teens in New York City make their own audio stories, had us gripped by the heart from our very first listen. The wide-openness of the program's young participants lends their stories a special power, and their diversity is a gift, bringing us voices that too often don't find their way to public radio. We hear from a teen sufferer of Sickle-cell disease, and a gay kid who wonders if he's too femme to be fanciable, and a young man whose soccer-mad father is (or rather, was) determined that he become a star. The production values are impressively high, and the brave exuberance of the storytelling makes up for occasional technical clumsiness.
If this is the future of radio, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Episodes from recent years are available via the podcast, and more can be heard online; each is about 10 minutes long.
Gateway episodes: Sickle and Me (12 Dec 2015) / Why Do I Stay? (19 Sep 2015) /