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The NPR Student Podcast Challenge searches for the voices of tomorrow.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Brenna Wynn Greer follows the history of Black image makers in her book "Represented"; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks reflects on her novel of life during the bubonic plague, called "Year of Wonders".

NPR student podcast challenge hero The NPR Student Podcast Challenge is a talent search for the voices of tomorrow!
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Arizona Spotlight

May 13, 2021

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Featured on the May 13th, 2021 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • Listen to some examples of what the next generation of broadcasters is creating, as local students compete for recognition in The NPR Student Podcast Challenge. These three excerpts all come from Julie Michel’s 5th grade class in the Catalina Foothills School District, featuring "Shootout at the OK Corral" produced by Chappell, "Origin of Fantasy" produced by Julia, and "AZ Dinos" produced by Alden.

  • A conversation with Wellesley history professor Brenna Wynn Greer, the author of Represented: The Black Imagemakers Who Reimagined African American Citizenship. Greer talks about the evolution of media portrayals of Black Americans both before and after the Civil Rights era, and the significance of their messaging.

represented book cover unsized VIEW LARGER The cover of “Represented: The Black Imagemakers Who Reimagined African American Citizenship”, by Brenna Wynn Greer.

depression line hero In 1937, eight years into the Great Depression, Life magazine published "American Way", taken by Margaret Bourke-White, a noted documentary photographer.
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  • And, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks’ best-selling career began in 2001, with Year of Wonders. It told the story of a woman in the year 1666, struggling to make sense of her world during an outbreak of the Bubonic plague. Mark talks with Geraldine Brooks about how her book explores many aspects of pandemic life that ring true today.
year of wonders book cover unsized VIEW LARGER Geraldine Brooks' first novel, "Year of Wonders", was released in 2001.
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