Youth Podcast

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The WUNC Youth Podcast is the result of a summer long exploration of the question "What is News?" Sounds like a simple question, Right? But in 2017 it’s one that comes with an incredibly nuanced answer, especially if you ask a group of predominantly African American 16 to 22 year olds. The show is hosted by WUNC’s Kamaya Truitt Martin and features interviews, youth reporter stories and round-table conversations with our team of Youth Reporters.

About the host

Kamaya Truitt-Martin
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Kamaya Truitt-Martin began her career in radio as a reporter during the first iteration of the WUNC’s Youth Reporting Institute.  She has since served as a Mentor in the program teaching teenagers how to produce culturally relevant radio. Kamaya is a 2017 graduate of North Carolina A and T State University. She is also an accomplished poet and one of the subjects of the documentary film Truth Underground.

Using Music To Release Your Emotions

Aug 16, 2019
Ismael Luna-Cornejo in the WUNC studios in Durham.
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Every Friday night at 9:19 there’s a cypher on the streets of downtown Durham. You know that big bull right across from the Marriott? That’s us. We meet there to freestyle – to release - to find reprieve from your everyday routine and express your innermost feeling. 

Kim Pollard

My mom was at home when the gunfire started.

"It was so hard," my mom recalls. "It was so hard as a mom to be strong because all I wanted to do was scream."

WUNC Youth Podcast: Black Swimmers

Sep 18, 2017
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This episode of the WUNC Youth Podcast features youth reporter Loulou Batta. Loulou is an upcoming freshman at NC State University and graduated from the North Carolina school of Science and Math. Her story that she made this summer focuses on the closing of the N.C. A&T swim team and how it affected those involved. In this interview we hear how she made the story and what it took for her to make it happen.

WUNC Youth Podcast: Girls Debate

Sep 3, 2017
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On this episode of the WUNC Youth Podcast we interview Katherine Gan. Katherine is a soon-to-be freshman at Duke University and is one of our youth reporters who produced a story over the summer. Her story touches on a debate camp in the Chinese-American community and what impact it has on the people involved.

WUNC Youth Podcast: Drugs and Harm Reduction

Aug 28, 2017
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On this episode of the WUNC Youth Podcast we have an interview with one of our youth reporters, Skylar Fisher. She dives into the complicated issues of drug use and what she does in her community to help. We get to hear her process and what she came across while making her story.

WUNC Youth Podcast: Prank or Hate

Aug 14, 2017

On this episode of WUNC Youth Podcast we have  a story from one of our youth reporters, Anthony Howard. In this episode we get to listen to the story he's crafted this summer and the steps it took for him to create it. He's being interviewed by our Youth Reporter mentor, Kamaya Truitt-Martin. 

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What is News?

In this episode Durham rapper, G Yamazawa, tells us his thoughts on the news.

"News has really broadened itself to different forms. One of the main forms of news for my generation and younger is social media. Not only do you get news clips but you also get a personalized reaction to it."


WUNC Youth Podcast: Hey Al Letson, What is News?!

Jul 30, 2017

What is News?

In this episode we have the host of  Reveal, Al Letson, with us. Al tells us:

WUNC Youth Radio Podcast
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What is News?


In this episode Los Angeles Hip-Hop Artist, De'Wayne Jackson says,  

"I feel like at times hip-hop can be news for a lot of kids. We just have to continue to give our voices to the world and hope the kids that are listening can make a change."

What is news? 

In this episode we also ask Katherine Gan "Can hip-hop be news?"

WUNC Youth Radio Podcast
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What is news?  

In this episode Snap Judgment’s Glynn Washington says, “It’s an interesting question not because I think that news is being redefined.  There used to be at least lip service or homage paid to a lack of bias in news."