READING: Our reporters read Out on the Wire: Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio by Jessica Abel. It's an illustrated, graphic novel-style book about how to make great radio from start to finish, and it's the coolest thing in the whole world. 

Other text resources we love include: 
Before the First Question | Transom
Interviewing: The Basics | Transom
Digital Storytelling Cookbook | StoryCenter
Teen Reporter Handbook | Radio Diaries
Can a Woman’s Voice Ever Be Right | Jordan Kisner
Vocal Color in Public Radio | Chenjerai Kumanyika

LISTENING: Throughout the course of our program, our reporters listen to a ton of radio. We try to offer a diverse sampling of audio storytelling. Below are some of the pieces we've used consistently: 

YOUTH RADIO: 
Overcoming the Insult of “Acting White” | MPR Youth Radio (4 min)
Gender Fluid Generation: Overcoming Gender Norms | Youth Radio (4 min)
Not the Right Kind of Gay | Radio Rookies (6 min)
Nine People, One Bedroom: A Teen’s Take on Life in Poverty | Radio Rookies (8 min)
For One Teen, Ferguson Made Anxiety around Police More Severe | Youth Radio (4 min)
Feeling Raced | Terrascope Radio (4 min)
Modern Day Scarlet Letter: Sexual Cyberbullying | Radio Rookies (8 min)
A child’s English skills are a lifeline for some immigrant families | MPR Youth Radio (4 min)
Why Do I Stay?* | Radio Rookies (27 min)
Shoulda Been Dead | This American Life (10 min)
From a Distance | This American Life (13 min)
PRX Best Youth Radio of 2015 | PRX (playlist)

MAKING RADIO: 
Writing Out of Tape - Transom (12 min)
How Not to Write for Radio | Transom (10 min)
Barft Draft with an iPhone - Transom (16 min)
Finding the Story When You Know Too Much - Transom (20 min)
First Person Reporting | Transom (15 min)
Finding and decoding identity on the air - NPR and Nieman Lab (6 min)
This is Radio: Glynn Washington (6 min)
This is Radio: The Kitchen Sisters (5 min) 
Subjective Reporting** | HowSound (12 min)

OUR FAVORITES: 
Real Teens, Fake Babies | The Longest Shortest Time (22 min)
Tom Girls | Third Coast Audio (17 min) 
How to Become Batman | Invisibillia (60 min)
Harper High School | This American Life (60 min)
The Wheel | The Memory Palace (15 min)
Yik Yak Returns | Reply All (35 min)
Where No One Should Go | Snap Judgement (16 min)
Faith and Love Between the Lines | The Moth (7 min)
Reagan's Neighbors | Scott Carrie's Home of the Brave (18 min)

TEACHING TOOLS:
Rabbit Hunt | All Things Considered (2 min/story structure)
The Whitest HBCU in America | Code Switch (6 min/conversational writing)
Can You Help Me Find My Mom? | The Truth (14min/radio as a unique medium)
Razzle Dazzle | 99% Invisible (12min/radio as a visual medium)

ON BEING A TEENAGER: 
21 Chump Street | This American Life (13 min)
How I Got Into College | This American Life (60 min)
Sex, Boyhood and Politics in South Carolina | This American Life (30 min)

SHORTS: 
The Human Voice | StoryCorps (3 min)
Miss Devine | Story Corps (3 min)
Questions for Dr. Martin Luther King | Third Grade Audio (1 min)
Will and Olivia Smith | Story Corps (2 min)
Ira Glass and Nico Muhly: Contemporary Color (2 min)
Things We Wish We Could Tell Our Parents | Curie Youth Radio (1 min)
Love and 27 Other Firsts | PRX (1 min)

THIS I BELIEVE: 
Be Cool to the Pizza Delivery Dude | This I Believe (3 min)
The Essentials to Happiness | This I Believe (3 min)

RADIO DIARIES: 
Teen Diaries: Girlfriend (Amanda) - Radio Diaries (10 min)
Amanda 16 Years Later - Radio Diaries (10 min)
Teen Diaries: Teen Mom (Melissa) - Radio Diaries (12 min)
Melissa 16 Years Later - Radio Diaries (19 min)

RACE, RACISM AND IDENTITY: 
When You See Racism, Say Racism | This American Life (22 min)
The Guide To Handling Casual Racism | Code Switch (24 min)
 What Does "Objectivity" Mean To Journalists Of Color? | Code Switch (37 min)
Can We Talk About Whiteness? | Code Switch (37 min)
The Problem We All Live With | This American Life (1 hour)

HOLIDAYS/SEASONAL: 
Spooked | Snap Judgement
Campfire Stories | Snap Judgement
Santaland Diaries | David Sedaris on NPR (10 min)

PODCASTS WE RECOMMEND:
This American Life
Snap Judgement
RadioLab
Invisibillia
The Moth
Strangers
The TED Radio Hour
StoryCorps
Radio Rookies
The Longest Shortest Time
Hidden Brain
Reply All
The Memory Palace


Content Warnings:
*Dating violence
** Drug abuse