The Calm and the Quiet05/21/15
When middle schooler Emily Sweet needs an oasis from commotion, she finds it in her guitar and a dark room.
For Youth Radio's Rafael Johns, the advantages of being taller than his peers have come at a cost.
Memories of Mom's Memory
J.D. Hager's mother is suffering from dementia, and he is left with little but questions and memories of her memory.
The Bamboo Ceiling
Silicon Valley is thought of as a haven for Asian-Americans, but Buck Gee says a Bamboo Ceiling keeps their representation in high-tech board rooms remarkably poor.
Is it odd that Eki Shola Abrams is often asked to be a role model for a white mother's black child? She doesn't think so.
Michael Ellis is charmed by the California state bird that, according to one wag, "would rather jog than fly."
A Nation of Label Readers
Clarence Wong bombards his mother with warnings about dangerous food additives the government won't simply prohibit.
Not Her. Not Her. Not Her.
Young Michaela Allen struggles with the emotional trauma of a nightmarish family life.
Demonstrations are fine, says Paul Staley, but inadequate without the votes that change governance.
Science as Enemy
From anti-vaxxers to paleo diets and beyond, Mark Dowie sees a rise of neo-primitivism that blunts hard-won advances of modern science.
The Problem With Mom Isn't Mom
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau had a rocky relationship with her mom. Until she figured out that mom wasn't the problem.
Math Is Everywhere
To high school senior Nia Brown, math is sexy, math is art, math is everywhere.
Denny's, In Memorium
It was cheap. It stayed open late. But now the Marin Denny's of Lisa Thomson's youthful summers has closed, leaving mostly fond memories.
Vigil for Amilcar
Dana Vinicoff joins a march for a San Francisco man who died in police custody, and calls for an end to senseless killings.
When Small Is Big
When young Scott Pyle patiently keeps rolling a ball to a disabled boy, he finds that a simple act makes a big difference.
Life and Death With Dignity
Emily Higgs applauds California's move toward becoming a 'Death With Dignity' state, while urging strong safeguards for the most vulnerable.
Forty years ago, Thu-Thuy Troung and her family survived a harrowing rescue at sea while fleeing a collapsing South Vietnam.
Police Violence and Public Health
Pediatrician Rhea Boyd says it's time for the effects of police violence on African-American communities to be treated as a public health issue.
11 Pounds of Bees
Peggy Hansen's bee hives hold 11 pounds of the miracle workers who are critical to 90 percent of the world's nutrition.
When Larry Murphy runs across the name of a deceased friend or loved one in an address book, he's no more inclined to delete than to erase their memory.
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