The average American child grows
up in a house with three TVs, three Radios, two VCRs, two CD players,
a video game player and a computer. That's a lot of media. In this hour
of To the Best of Our Knowledge what happens when kids stop consuming
media and start making it? We'll meet kids who make radio, make TV and
design video games - kid-powered media.
Kaari Pitkin produces Radio
Rookies, New York's Peabody Award winning radio project for teenagers.
She and one of the Rookies, Jaimita Haskell, tell Jim Fleming
about the project and how if affects the lives of the kids involved
with it, and their communities. And we hear excerpts of Jai's piece
on educational tracking. And we meet the 4th graders of Mrs. Mincberg's
class at Randall Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin, as they
begin the school day. Also, TTBOOK producer Charles Monroe-Kane
reports on what he thought was a piece of youth media - MTV's hit comedy
"The Andy Milonakis Show."
We go to recess with the Randall
Elementary 4th Graders. Also, Daniel Handler wrote "A Series
of Unfortunate Events" under the pen name of Lemony Snicket. It's
a hugely successful sequence of novels for children - the 13th and final
one is due in October - which feature the dreadful misadventures of
the Baudelaire orphans. Handler tells Anne Strainchamps that he never
wanted to write for children, and we hear a brief excerpt from Volume
12. And the Randall 4th Graders talk about books and reading and book
Maurice Sendak is the beloved
author of the children's classic "Where the Wild Things Are."
Now he's written and narrates a story called "Pincus and the Pig:
A Klezmer Tale." It's based on Prokofiev's "Peter and the
Wolf" and features Klezmer music by the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra.
Sendak tells Steve Paulson that he grew up speaking Yiddish and loves
its vituperative quality. And he says that he regards some great artists
as close personal friends. And the Mrs. Mincberg's 4th graders read
and talk about poetry.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 06-05-28-A.
- "World Playground" (Putumayo).
- Theme music from the film, "Lemony
Snicket's Series of
Unfortunate Events," starring Jim Carrey.
- Selections from the CD, "Maurice
Sendak's "Pincus and the Pig: A
Klezmer Tale."" The Shirim Klezmer Orchestra. (Tzadik).
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