Episode 16: War Paint

Episode 16: War Paint

A monologue about claiming and reclaiming power over one's body starts a conversation about sexual harassment. Featuring conversations with Dori Hoffman, a high school junior who wrote her monologue "War Paint" after four years of silence about her own experience of sexual harassment; and Nuala Cabral, a filmmaker, educator, and activist dedicated to teaching consent and confronting sexual harassment in all its forms.

Episode 15: The Initiation

Episode 15: The Initiation

A monologue about a girl getting her period for the first time starts a conversation about puberty, menstruation, and what it means to enter the next stage of your life. Featuring conversations with Kaltra Zabiku, whose monologue "The Initiation" inspired this episode; and with Nadya Okamoto, who has become a leading voice in the Menstrual Movement since she started PERIOD, an organization that provides feminine hygiene products to those in need.

Episode 14: A Last Stroll Through Pain

Episode 14: A Last Stroll Through Pain

A monologue about young Chinese American grappling with her cultural identity and embarrassment about her inability to speak Chinese starts a conversation about the challenges of being a first generation American. Featuring conversations with Donna Zhang, a senior at Drexel University whose monologue "A Last Stroll Through Pain" inspired this episode; Rebecca, Faith, and Nikita, three first generation Americans; and Raquel Salas Rivera, a Philadelphia transplant from Puerto Rico and the  2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.

Episode 13: Pressing My Issues LIVE

Episode 13: Pressing My Issues LIVE

A monologue about the stresses of being a teenager starts a conversation about teen stress and teen resilience. Recorded live at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake, this episode features conversations with: Brittany Blythe, a senior at Lankenau High School; Kay'Stienna Carter, a junior at Benjamin Franklin High School; Ericka Morris, educational consultant; and Dr. Ken Ginsburg, a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Episode 11: Addiction

Episode 11: Addiction

A monologue written from the perspective of a cigarette starts a conversation about addiction. Featuring conversations with Charmira Nelson, who wrote the monologue while struggling with a secret addiction to cigarettes when she was a junior in high school, and "John," a recovering addict and member of Narcotics Anonymous.

Season Two Trailer

Season Two Trailer

A monologue asking questions about why we pursue things beyond our reach sets the tone for our second season. This season, we'll turn to young people to lead conversations about everything from gun violence and sexual harassment to coming out and resilience in the face of challenge. Introducing our new host, Trenae Nuri, new youth producer, Maya Pen, and editor/producer Mitchell Bloom. We're adding new voices and new perspectives, but most importantly we're continuing to lift up the voices of young people. Mouthful Season Two begins April 3rd.

Bonus Episode: LIVE SHOW

Bonus Episode: LIVE SHOW

A monologue about a young man and his family facing eviction starts a conversation about housing instability, youth homelessness, and aging out of the system. Featuring conversations with Selena Ortiz, a young woman currently in the system, and Dr. Nikia Owens, the Director of Income and Financial Stability Community Impact at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Episode 10: Autism Speaks

Episode 10: Autism Speaks

A monologue about a sister saying goodbye to her severely autistic older brother starts a conversation about autism spectrum disorder. Featuring conversations with Lisa Gardner, a mechanical engineering student whose monologue was written at a time when her relationship with her brother was particularly challenging; and Dr. Kate Wallis, a pediatrician who specializes in youth with autism spectrum disorder.

Episode 9: Diagnosis

Episode 9: Diagnosis

A monologue about a young woman at the therapist following the death of her brother starts a conversation about grief, death of a sibling, and loss. Featuring conversations with Taliya Carter whose monologue draws upon her interest in psychology as well as from her own personal experiences of sibling death; and Darcy Walker Krause, the Executive Director of The Center for Grieving Children in Philadelphia.

Episode 6: Not Ready

 Episode 6: Not Ready

A monologue about a young black man encouraging his friend to pursue higher education starts a conversation about black male engagement. Featuring a conversation with "The Tribe," four young black men whose bond helped them thrive at Philadelphia's academically rigorous J.R. Masterman School. 

Extended Play: Stop & Frisk

Extended Play: Stop & Frisk

On April 15th, 18-year-old Dubois Stewart was on his way home from community service. A police car pulled up behind him. He was stopped and frisked.

“I was terrified.” Dubois said in an interview with Mouthful for our episode on community policing. “I’d never been stopped and frisked before. I seriously thought I wouldn’t go away unharmed because of all the cases I’d recently heard of police brutality between black young males and police officers in general.”

For today’s episode of Mouthful, we’re doing something different. We’re revisiting our conversation with Dubois and his mom, Vashti, in the wake of the stop and frisk.

In Vashti’s words, “We can’t normalize injustice and by telling people the story we keep the conversation going.”

Episode 5: Pedestals

Episode 5: Pedestals

A monologue about a young black woman who is expelled from school for standing up to racism starts a conversation about the high expectations and double standards imposed on students of color in majority-white institutions. Featuring an interview with Angela Antoinette Bey, whose life growing up in Southwest Philadelphia looked very different than the private high school she attended, and an honest conversation with two mother/daughter duos who share the experience being de facto representatives of diversity in mostly white spaces.

Episode 4: Neighborhood Blue

Episode 4: Neighborhood Blue

A monologue about a Latina woman who is confronted by the police in her home starts a conversation about community policing and law enforcement. Featuring conversations with a young Afro-Latina woman who channels her Puerto Rican father's stories about law enforcement into her writing and activism, Michael J. Chitwood, a police chief with a 53-year career in law enforcement, and Vashti Dubois and Dubois Stewart, a mother and son in the wake of a stop and frisk.

Episode 3: Misunderstanding, Didn't Understand

Episode 3: Misunderstanding, Didn't Understand

A comedic monologue about a young man faced with the prospect of losing his virginity after a date starts a conversation about masculinity and the expectations we put on boys. Featuring conversations with Alex, a 17 year old high school senior who finds humor in stereotypes of men as sex-hungry animals, and Steve Bandura, father of a teenage son who is more widely known as a coach to hundreds of inner city boys (and girls!) at the Marian Anderson Rec Center in South Philly.

Episode 2: Comfort

Episode 2: Comfort

A monologue about a young woman with an eating disorder begins a conversation about who is at risk, what to look out for, and how to get better. Featuring conversations with a young Latinx female, whose personal experience with an eating disorder challenges harmful stereotypes about who is at risk, and clinical therapist Dr. Samantha DeCaro.

Preview

Preview

A sneak peek at a new podcast that puts young people at the center of important conversations. Every week, we dig deep into the experiences and perspectives of a teen, using dramatic monologues they've written and shared on stages across Philadelphia as our starting point. Then, we go out into the community to talk to teens, adults, experts: anyone who can broaden the conversation. Part performance, part interview, part conversation, we’ll touch on issues from race and diversity to eating disorders, gender identity, community policing, sexual assault, and immigration. Produced by Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Yvonne Latty, Mouthful officially launches April 13th.