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  BROAD STREET REVIEW    "Actor Jenna Kuerzi... is happy to lend her voice, noting how powerless young people can feel in a world that seems out of control, even to many adults. 'Students are consistently underestimated. PYP is a way to get their thoughts, no matter how big or how small, out into the world. And they get to be spoken out loud by people who speak out loud for a living. Their words are given action, and that’s extremely empowering.'"    "This is our youth"  by Cara Blouin

BROAD STREET REVIEW

"Actor Jenna Kuerzi... is happy to lend her voice, noting how powerless young people can feel in a world that seems out of control, even to many adults. 'Students are consistently underestimated. PYP is a way to get their thoughts, no matter how big or how small, out into the world. And they get to be spoken out loud by people who speak out loud for a living. Their words are given action, and that’s extremely empowering.'"

"This is our youth" by Cara Blouin

 
  WHYY    "Riddick wrote the piece a few weeks after a friend was killed in the crossfire of a North Philadelphia gunfight... Writing the monologue spurred Riddick to do more. Her friend — whom she did not want to name — was a fan of basketball, so Riddick organized a community basketball tournament between district police and city teens. She wanted to bridge the gap of distrust between local law enforcement and neighborhood kids."     "Teens take on big subjects during Philly's Mouthful Monologue Festival"   by Peter Crimmins

WHYY

"Riddick wrote the piece a few weeks after a friend was killed in the crossfire of a North Philadelphia gunfight... Writing the monologue spurred Riddick to do more. Her friend — whom she did not want to name — was a fan of basketball, so Riddick organized a community basketball tournament between district police and city teens. She wanted to bridge the gap of distrust between local law enforcement and neighborhood kids."

"Teens take on big subjects during Philly's Mouthful Monologue Festival"  by Peter Crimmins

 
  PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS    "My perception is that young people are interested in telling stories about queer experiences of all kinds that are more nuanced than just ‘this person is gay or trans’ and that’s the most interesting thing about them... it’s incredibly inspiring and speaks to the advanced way that young people are thinking about sexuality and gender. It’s not reductive. It’s nuanced, it’s lived and it’s forward-thinking.”     "  Young playwrights get personal at upcoming Monologue Festival"  by A.D. Amorosi

PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS

"My perception is that young people are interested in telling stories about queer experiences of all kinds that are more nuanced than just ‘this person is gay or trans’ and that’s the most interesting thing about them... it’s incredibly inspiring and speaks to the advanced way that young people are thinking about sexuality and gender. It’s not reductive. It’s nuanced, it’s lived and it’s forward-thinking.”

"Young playwrights get personal at upcoming Monologue Festival" by A.D. Amorosi

 
  THE PHILADELPHIA CITIZEN    "When the student survivors of February’s horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, started eloquently and impactfully leading a nationwide conversation about guns in America, at least one person was not surprised: Lisa Nelson-Haynes, executive director of Philadelphia Young Playwrights.    'I see this kind of discussion all the time in our classrooms,' says Nelson-Haynes, who was dismayed by the idea that anyone would suspect these kids of being paid actors. 'Kids are ready, if given the platform.'"    "The Citizen Recommends: Mouthful"  by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

THE PHILADELPHIA CITIZEN

"When the student survivors of February’s horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, started eloquently and impactfully leading a nationwide conversation about guns in America, at least one person was not surprised: Lisa Nelson-Haynes, executive director of Philadelphia Young Playwrights.

'I see this kind of discussion all the time in our classrooms,' says Nelson-Haynes, who was dismayed by the idea that anyone would suspect these kids of being paid actors. 'Kids are ready, if given the platform.'"

"The Citizen Recommends: Mouthful" by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

 
  PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER    "On Tuesday, PYP kicks off the second season of Mouthful: The Podcast, a weekly series of 10 monologues (April 3-June 12) by PYP participants from Masterman, Central High, Barrack Hebrew Academy, Cheltenham High, and elsewhere...    Podcast and Festival monologues were selected from more than 600 submissions."   "Theater Beat," April 3, 2018, by John Timpane

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

"On Tuesday, PYP kicks off the second season of Mouthful: The Podcast, a weekly series of 10 monologues (April 3-June 12) by PYP participants from Masterman, Central High, Barrack Hebrew Academy, Cheltenham High, and elsewhere...

Podcast and Festival monologues were selected from more than 600 submissions."

"Theater Beat," April 3, 2018, by John Timpane


Season One

 Philadelphia Magazine  BEST PODCASTER: Yvonne Latty, host, Mouthful   "Latty takes a deep dive into a place few of us want to visit: the complex and contemplative minds of young adults. And through her Philly-based show, a collaboration with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, she adds a fresh perspective to topics that aren’t easy to discuss (eating disorders, gender identity, racial inequality), bringing some real talk and positive messaging to a vulnerable group."     BEST OF PHILLY 2017

Philadelphia Magazine

BEST PODCASTER: Yvonne Latty, host, Mouthful

"Latty takes a deep dive into a place few of us want to visit: the complex and contemplative minds of young adults. And through her Philly-based show, a collaboration with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, she adds a fresh perspective to topics that aren’t easy to discuss (eating disorders, gender identity, racial inequality), bringing some real talk and positive messaging to a vulnerable group."

BEST OF PHILLY 2017

 
  THE PHILADELPHIA CITIZEN    "It’s not your normal podcast, I’ll say that much. It’s a far classier production than most of the stuff that’s out there, the kind of thing you’d normally pick up through an NPR or New Yorker affiliate."    "The monologues themselves run the gamut of drama—funny, heartfelt, bitter and rousing—about issues that speak to the heart of being a young American today."     "Getting a Mouthful"   by Quinn O'Callaghan 

THE PHILADELPHIA CITIZEN

"It’s not your normal podcast, I’ll say that much. It’s a far classier production than most of the stuff that’s out there, the kind of thing you’d normally pick up through an NPR or New Yorker affiliate."

"The monologues themselves run the gamut of drama—funny, heartfelt, bitter and rousing—about issues that speak to the heart of being a young American today."

"Getting a Mouthful" by Quinn O'Callaghan 

 
 Billy Penn  Mouthful LIVE is named one of Billy Penn's "5 can't-miss" at the Fifth Annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival!   "It starts with a monologue. Philadelphia youths pen each one, then actors perform them. Host Yvonne Latty, noted journalist and NYU professor, interviews the young writers on what inspired them, and speaks with experts who lend insights on the issues at play. Produced by Latty and the Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Mouthful hits on topics from virginity, grief, family illness and diversity. It’s touching and, at times, gut-wrenching."     "Philly Podcast Festival Preview"   by Cassie Owens

Billy Penn

Mouthful LIVE is named one of Billy Penn's "5 can't-miss" at the Fifth Annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival!

"It starts with a monologue. Philadelphia youths pen each one, then actors perform them. Host Yvonne Latty, noted journalist and NYU professor, interviews the young writers on what inspired them, and speaks with experts who lend insights on the issues at play. Produced by Latty and the Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Mouthful hits on topics from virginity, grief, family illness and diversity. It’s touching and, at times, gut-wrenching."

"Philly Podcast Festival Preview" by Cassie Owens

 

WURD RADIO

A conversation between Executive Producer Lisa Nelson-Haynes and Stephanie Renee, host of WURD Radio's The MOJO.

 

Interview: May 17, 2017 on WURD Radio's The MOJO with Stephanie Renee

 
 Philadelphia Magazine   "Mouthful, a brand new podcast featuring the real-life and often gritty stories of Philly teens."    "These are moving first-person narratives that shed a light on just how difficult it is to be a teenager today."    "As for Mouthful, it will make you change the way you think about Philly teens — and teens in general — and if you have kids who haven’t quite hit those years, it may be a real eye-opener."     "This New Podcast Will Change the Way You Think About Philly Teens"   by Victor Fiorillo

Philadelphia Magazine

"Mouthful, a brand new podcast featuring the real-life and often gritty stories of Philly teens."

"These are moving first-person narratives that shed a light on just how difficult it is to be a teenager today."

"As for Mouthful, it will make you change the way you think about Philly teens — and teens in general — and if you have kids who haven’t quite hit those years, it may be a real eye-opener."

"This New Podcast Will Change the Way You Think About Philly Teens" by Victor Fiorillo

 
 The Philly Voice   “As a mother, I’m seeing the effects of how the things that we’re hearing and seeing on TV and watching unfold around us are affecting my kids,” Latty says.     “I’ve always been fascinated by the insights my daughters have expressed into really complicated issues. I thought it would be a good idea to see how we could explore that. Young people have a lot to teach us.”      " New podcast tackles today's tough issues from a Baby Boomer mom's point of view"   by Shaun Brady

The Philly Voice

“As a mother, I’m seeing the effects of how the things that we’re hearing and seeing on TV and watching unfold around us are affecting my kids,” Latty says. 

“I’ve always been fascinated by the insights my daughters have expressed into really complicated issues. I thought it would be a good idea to see how we could explore that. Young people have a lot to teach us.”

"New podcast tackles today's tough issues from a Baby Boomer mom's point of view" by Shaun Brady

 
 Philadelphia Gay News   "Latty said that while the podcast is focused on teens, adults and parents can also learn a lot.    “To hear kids talk about these things in an honest way really helps you understand what they are going through and where we are headed.'"     "Local Journo Talks Youth-Focused Podcast"   by Larry Nichols

Philadelphia Gay News

"Latty said that while the podcast is focused on teens, adults and parents can also learn a lot.

“To hear kids talk about these things in an honest way really helps you understand what they are going through and where we are headed.'"

"Local Journo Talks Youth-Focused Podcast" by Larry Nichols

 
 The Philadelphia Tribune   "...'Mouthful' investigates identity, access, equity and inclusion."    "...opens up and unpacks complicated issues while encouraging conversation about community."     "Mouthful: A podcast series powered by youth perspective"   by Bobbi Booker

The Philadelphia Tribune

"...'Mouthful' investigates identity, access, equity and inclusion."

"...opens up and unpacks complicated issues while encouraging conversation about community."

"Mouthful: A podcast series powered by youth perspective" by Bobbi Booker

 

philly.com

Each week, Philly.com hosts Mouthful in the Opinion Pages. Producer Mitchell Bloom highlights, summarizes, and provides context for each episode. 

Episode One

One Hundred Sleepless Nights

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Episode Two

Comfort

Episode Three

Misunderstanding, Didn't Understand

Episode Four

Neighborhood Blue

Episode Five

Pedestals

Extended Play

Stop and Frisk

Episode Six

Not Ready

Episode Seven

Fine Dining

Episode Eight

Better Technology, Horrible Connection

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Episode Nine

Diagnosis

Episode Ten

Autism Speaks