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Inspiration - November 26, 2018

This week's show features inspiration! Upper Arlington High School students interview an extraordinary teacher who reflects on his career as a basketball player, coach, and teacher. We learn about the Passport to Fishing program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Division of Wildlife. What is the best way to transform our health? Hear about the Walk with a Doc program for Columbus residents of all ages and the ways that "movement cures so many things."

26:43 minutes (38.65 MB)

The Thanksgiving Journey - 1620 to Today - November 29, 2018

This week Youth Beat talks turkey! Tune in to live through the very first "Thanksgiving," then watch as it blossoms into a national holiday over 200 years later. Learn what the Pilgrims did and didn't eat, how a single woman saved Thanksgiving and how a Greek legend came to be a treasure centerpiece.

25:27 minutes (23.3 MB)

Honoring Our Veterans - November 12, 2018

This week's show honors our veterans. Learn some facts about Veterans Day and listen to some special music. Thank you to all the veterans for your service to our country!

26:08 minutes (35.89 MB)

Youth Empowerment - November 5, 2018

Don’t forget to VOTE! This week we explore an organization run by youth for youth who are politically active known as the Junior State of America. Former JSA State Governor, Weston Lindner, talks with us about how high school students can be civically active and about the benefits that come with being involved in an organization like the JSA. We also take a look at youth voting trends, teaching professionalism to high schoolers in rural schools, and an opportunity for students to express environmental issues to the public through displaying art.

29:05 minutes (39.94 MB)

All Hallow's Eve - October 29, 2018

All of the mystery, legend, and myth behind Halloween are brought to light in this special broadcast. Come learn about the history of Halloween! From an early Celtic religion to the massively popular holiday we now celebrate, Halloween has a rich culture and background all its own.

25:16 minutes (34.7 MB)

Discovery - October 22, 2018

This week Youth Beat is all about discovery. First, we travel to Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve and learn all about bogs, fens, dragonflies, wildflowers, and the amazing nature right here in Central Ohio. Looking for something to do this summer? Camp Canopy is coming up in June with opportunities for high school students to experience a week of camp learning about trees, wildlife, and career opportunities in the environment and natural resources field. Then we're off to Vancouver for a few highlights of the Children and Nature Network conference.

24:39 minutes (33.85 MB)

The World Outside Our Window - October 15, 2018

On this week's episode of Youth Beat Radio, we'll meet two teens using an internship to unite a community affected by gun violence, middle school and high school students working with Case Western University to study ecosystems in northern Ohio, and a family discussing the importance of getting outdoors at the Miami Valley No Child Left Inside Conference. We'll also take a look at Ohio's forests, the history behind them, and a popular bird that resides in them.

28:35 minutes (39.26 MB)

Downtown Voices - October 8, 2018

This week, Youth Beat heads into the heart of Columbus to learn more about what all goes on between the skyscrapers. Positively Charged features youth from the Academy of Urban Scholars and Juvenile Justice Coalition who are working to stop community violence in Columbus and planning a memorial in honor of the young people lost to violence. We also meet a local artist who uses his incredible talent as a platform to inspire others and Ohio State student who finds environmental opportunities, even in the city. No matter how long you've lived in Columbus, there's still more to learn: so stay tuned!

26:11 minutes (35.96 MB)

From the City to the Country Part 3: Kids in the Country - October 1, 2018

This is the third episode of Youth Beat Radio's Rural Series. This series highlights rural life and culture as presented by the voices of the students, many of whom have grown up in rural communities in Ohio and beyond. Seven students in Dr. Kristi Lekies' Rural Sociology 1500 class at the Ohio State University have produced segments on the challenges youth in rural America face, and what some organizations are doing about it.

28:32 minutes (39.19 MB)

Connections - September 24, 2018

This week's show is all about connections. Hear personal stories of connecting to nature and how Cleveland Metro Parks is bring nature to the people through its NatureTracks mobile bus. What is Social Lawn Art? We feature a special project by the OSU class Population, Place, and Environment and artist Jacklyn Brickman held recently on the OSU campus. Social Lawn Art (http//u.osu.edu/sociallawnart) is an innovative way to explore interrelationships between people, communities, and ecosystems through art. Finally we connect to the wonderful world of birds and what the OSU Ornithology club is doing to promote appreciation of the many birds in Central Ohio and beyond.

25:49 minutes (35.46 MB)
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