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Youth, community, conversation Mouthful places teens and youth at the center of important conversations, adding their voices and perspectives to the discussions that surround our daily lives at home, in the workplace, and in the community. From sexuality and gender to policing and addiction, each episode focuses on a new topic inspired by a student-written dramatic monologue. We listen to the monologue performed by a professional actor, talk to the teen about why they wrote it, and then journey out into the community to broaden the conversation.

Youth, community, conversation Mouthful places teens and youth at the center of important conversations, adding their voices and perspectives to the discussions that surround our daily lives at home, in the workplace, and in the community. From sexuality and gender to policing and addiction, each episode focuses on a new topic inspired by a student-written dramatic monologue. We listen to the monologue performed by a professional actor, talk to the teen about why they wrote it, and then journey out into the community to broaden the conversation.
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Philadelphia, PA

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Youth, community, conversation Mouthful places teens and youth at the center of important conversations, adding their voices and perspectives to the discussions that surround our daily lives at home, in the workplace, and in the community. From sexuality and gender to policing and addiction, each episode focuses on a new topic inspired by a student-written dramatic monologue. We listen to the monologue performed by a professional actor, talk to the teen about why they wrote it, and then journey out into the community to broaden the conversation.

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English

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Episodes

Episode 20: Restore My Brotherly Love LIVE

6/8/2018
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A monologue written from the perspective of Philadelphia, imploring its citizens to put down the guns, starts a conversation about gun violence. Featuring conversations with Tyler Riddick, a senior at the U School who wrote the monologue after her friend was killed by a stray bullet; Jose Ferran, a peer intervention specialist at Healing Hurt People who survived a gunshot to the arm in 2011; Leonard Chester, founder of The Overcame Foundation; and Jerrick Medrano, who performs the...

Duration:00:34:44

Episode 19: Adam

6/5/2018
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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. Featuring conversations with Dylan Henry, a sophomore at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, whose younger brother inspired the monologue; and three individuals from Project SEARCH, a program that offers vocational training and internships to young adults...

Duration:00:20:14

Episode 18: Who Am I?

5/31/2018
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A monologue about a young woman grappling with her identity after a friend is attacked starts a conversation about being Muslim in America. Featuring conversations with the writer Ruya Erkut, a freshman at George Washington Carver, and her mother, Ebru Erkut, who works as a paralegal at an immigration firm. This is a personal episode about growing up and parenting as a Muslim in the current, fraught political climate.

Duration:00:27:20

Episode 17: Breaking Barriers

5/22/2018
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A monologue about a young man sharing some news with his mother starts a conversation about coming out. Featuring conversations with Lisbet Espinal , a sophomore at the Philadelphia Military Academy, who wrote “Breaking Barriers” to address a problem she perceives in her community, and with Francisco Cortes, Interim Executive Director or GALAEI, a queer Latinx social justice organization.

Duration:00:21:12

Episode 15: The Initiation

5/1/2018
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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.

Duration:00:30:00

Episode 14: A Last Stroll Through Pain

4/24/2018
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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...

Duration:00:29:59

Episode 13: Pressing My Issues LIVE

4/17/2018
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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...

Duration:00:35:00

Episode 12: Pretension Detention

4/10/2018
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A monologue questioning the value of a classroom discussion starts a conversation about learning. Featuring conversations with Ericka Morris, a former teacher and curriculum specialist, Tamir D. Harper, a senior at Science Leaderships Academy and co-founder of UrbEd, and Brooke Sexton, Artistic Director of YesAnd! Collaborative Arts.

Duration:00:19:19

Episode 11: Addiction

4/3/2018
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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.

Duration:00:22:00

Season Two Trailer

3/20/2018
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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...

Duration:00:05:40