A monologue written from the perspective of Philadelphia, imploring its citizens to put down the guns, starts a conversation about gun violence.
A monologue about a young man who is turned away from his first job interview starts a conversation about how we treat individuals on the autism spectrum and how we prepare them for work and independence.
A monologue about a young woman grappling with her identity after a friend is attacked starts a conversation about being Muslim in America.
A monologue about a young man sharing some news with his mother starts a conversation about coming out.
A monologue about claiming and reclaiming power over one's body starts a conversation about sexual harassment.
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.
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.
A monologue about the stresses of being a teenager starts a conversation about teen stress and teen resilience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A monologue about a relationship in peril because of another relationship--with a phone--starts a conversation about technology, social media, and communication. Featuring conversations with a group of high school students from the Academy at Palumbo in South Philadelphia and tech life expert Stephanie Humphrey.
A monologue about a fast food worker starts a conversation about jobs. Featuring a conversation with Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President &CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network, man on the street interviews, and worst job experiences from the production team.
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.
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.”
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.
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.