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Author Interviews

  1. Author Brian D. Anderson (mp3). July 8, 2013
    Teen host Amari interviews Brian D. Anderson, author of The Godling Chronicles.

  2. Author M. Mariz (mp3). Feb 8, 2013
    Teen host Amari interviews M. Mariz, author of The Chosen of Gaia. The Chosen of Gaia is available on

Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction

  1. On Location: Onondaga County Forum on Heroin and Opiates (mp3). Jan 28, 2016
    In this Teen Talk special report, teen hosts Alice, Amanda, Jaclyn, Maura, and Sarah attend the recent forum held in Syracuse on the local heroin and opiate epidemic. Interview segments include Prevention Network, Crouse Hospital, the Syracuse Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta, and Dr. Ross Sullivan, Director of Medical Toxicology at Upstate University Hospital. For more information on heroin and opiate abuse, visit

  2. The Dangers of Steroids (mp3). April 22, 2015
    Hosts Cady and Nate discuss the dangers of steroids including why its use in teens is a big deal, the use of steroids in athletes, and the negative side effects of steroid use. You can view the infographic discussed in this episode at

  3. Can We be the First Tobacco-Free Generation? (mp3). November 20, 2014
    Teen hosts Sydney, Dylan, and Kaitlyn discuss reasons that tobacco smoking is still an issue, how tobacco companies market to young people, and ways to quit smoking or help a loved one quit. Teen Talk supports the Great American Smokeout, which occurs on the third Thursday of November and encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. For more information on how you can quit, visit or call 1-866-697-8487.

  4. Top Trends in Youth Substance Abuse (mp3). Oct 16, 2014
    Although the majority of young people do not use alcohol or other drugs, it continues to be an important issue with today’s youth. In this episode, teen hosts Dylan, Cady, and Sarah discuss the latest trends in youth substance abuse, including e-cigarettes, prescription drugs, and marijuana. Our guest is Bob Turner, Choices Director at Central New York Services. For more information on Central New York Services and the Choices program, visit their website

  5. Alcohol Awareness Month (mp3). April 18, 2014
    In this Teen Talk Special Report on alcohol, teen hosts Jessica, McMillen, and Tegan discuss the perceptions and dangers of underage drinking. We also talk about the trend of pre-gaming, the effects of alcohol on the brain, and driving while intoxicated. To watch the video our teen hosts viewed on the effects of alcohol on the brain, visit

  6. PSA: Alcohol Awareness 2014 (mp3). April 2014
    Alcohol is dangerous – no matter where you drink.

  7. Kick Butts Day 2014 (mp3). March 19, 2014
    Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. Teen hosts Sarah, Sara, and Yanira discuss the dangers of smoking and ways that advertisers try to hook young people. Our guest is Chris Chirinos from Prevention Network.

  8. National Problem Gambling Awareness Month (mp3). March 11, 2014
    In observance of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month in March, teen hosts Drew, Ayana, and Rachel discuss how public perceptions of gambling can lead to problems for young people. Our guest is Rachel Tarr from Contact Community Services. To view the video discussed in this episode, visit .

  9. Marijuana Awareness Month (mp3). February 21, 2014
    In observance of Marijuana Awareness Month, teen hosts Amelia, Rachel, and Robert discuss marijuana use among young people, efforts throughout the United States to legalize marijuana, and some myths and facts about marijuana. Our guest is Colby Sutter from Seven Miles. For more information on the Seven Miles organization, visit .

  10. Drunk, Drugged, and Distracted Driving (mp3). December 12, 2013
    Teen hosts McMillen, Sara, and Yanira discuss the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or while being distracted by texting or talking on the phone. Guest: Phillip Rose, Underage Drinking Prevention Program Coordinator from Prevention Network.

  11. Great American Smokeout (mp3). Nov 21, 2013
    November 21 is the Great American Smokeout. This event is held annually on the third Thursday of November and encourages smokers to quit on that day or make a plan for quitting. On this episode, teen hosts Jessica, Rachel, and Robert discuss the dangers of smoking, tobacco company marketing techniques, and ways people can quit.

  12. The Choices Program (mp3). July 23, 2013
    Teen hosts Jackie and Grace, Guests: Susan Meidenbauer from Central New York Services and Mike Nemeti from the agency’s Choices program. Choices is a substance abuse treatment program for adolescents and young adults that uses The Seven Challenges model. For more information on this program, please contact Mike Nemeti at 315-446-6250 extension 371.

  13. Alcohol Awareness Month (mp3). April 11, 2013
    Teen hosts Drew, Arij, and Jessica discuss alcohol use and abuse in observance of Alcohol Awareness Month. Guests: Phil Rose from Prevention Network; Kia from Teen Institute.

  14. Prescription Drug Abuse (mp3). March 7, 2013
    Teen hosts Kia, Arij, and Kudzwai discuss the prescription drug abuse epidemic. Guest: Colby Sutter, Contact Community Services.

  15. Alateen 2013 (mp3). Feb 14, 2013
    Teen hosts Arij, Janae, and Brooke talk about the Alateen program for teens who have been affected by the problem drinking of others. To learn more about Alateen, visit or call (757) 563-1600. In the Syracuse area, visit or call (315) 471-0191.

  16. Marijuana (mp3). Jan 10 2013
    Teen hosts Sarah, Janae, Ayana, and Salwa discuss marijuana use and abuse, as well as current legalization efforts. They are joined by guest Colby Sutter, drug and alcohol educator. Guest: Colby Sutter, drug and alcohol educator. To contact Colby or learn more about his services, visit

  17. Designer Drugs (mp3). Nov 30, 2012
    Teen hosts Jessica, Ayana, Grace, and Kudzwai discuss the current problem of designer drugs, such as bath salts. Guest: John Anderson, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department.

  18. Great American Smokeout (mp3). Nov 15, 2012
    In observance of the Great American Smokeout, teen hosts Arij, Amari, Brooke, Janae, and Sarah discuss how tobacco companies market to youth, and how smokers can quit. Guests: Beth Toomey and teen Tegan from the Reality Check program.

  19. Partying with Alcohol and Other Drugs (mp3). Oct 18, 2012
    Teen Hosts Janae and Grace talk about underage drinking, and the prevalence of alcohol and other substances at high school and college parties. Guest: Phil Rose, Underage Drinking Prevention Coordinator at Prevention Network.

  20. Best of Substance Abuse Prevention Shows (mp3). Oct 12, 2012
    Listen to some of our best clips from past shows on substance abuse prevention and support. Featured clips are from Safe Driving with Friends, Alcoholism Prevention, and Alateen shows.

  21. Best of Suicide Prevention Shows (mp3). Sept 10, 2012
    In observance of World Suicide Prevention Day, we’ll air some of our best clips from past suicide prevention shows. For more information on World Suicide Prevention Day, visit .

  22. Alcoholism Prevention (mp3). June 28, 2012
    Teen Hosts Tim, Ayana, and Jackie discuss how teens can prevent alcoholism and avoid drinking in social situations. Guest: Alis Sefick, Director of the Prevention Resource Center, Central Region.

  23. Alateen (mp3). March 23, 2012
    Teen Hosts Tim and Karla interview guests from Alateen, a fellowship of young people whose lives have been affected by the problem drinking of a family member or friend. They discuss the circumstances that brought them to Alateen, the positive effects Alateen has had on their lives, and how other teens in need of help can get connected to Alateen.

  24. Marijuana (mp3). Jan 15, 2012
    Common myths, misconceptions about marijuana. Guests: Colby Sutter, Youth Development Coordinator, Prevention Network; Josh, a teen and former marijuana user

  25. Addictions (mp3). Nov 6, 2011
    Gambling addiction, technology addiction, and other "non-ingested" addictions. Guest: Colby Sutter, Youth Development Coordinator, Prevention Network.

  26. Alcohol and Substance Abuse Recovery (mp3). Sept 18, 2011
    Alcohol and substance abuse recovery. Guest: Jim, former addict

  27. Athletes, Drugs & Alcohol (mp3) Feb 13, 2011
    How do you manage to say "NO" to alcohol and other drugs?

  28. Alcohol Awareness (mp3). March 28, 2010

  29. Drinks, Drugs, Why? (mp3). Feb 14, 2010


  1. No Name-Calling Week (mp3). In observance of No Name-Calling Week (January 20-24), teen hosts Allison, Ayana, and Drew discuss the "Second Chances" episode of Dateline, which followed a group of teens who were pursuing cosmetic surgery to correct features that caused them to be teased and bullied by their peers. To watch "Second Chances," visit the NBC News website. January 22, 2014

  2. National Bullying Prevention Month (mp3). Teen hosts Rachel, Robert, and Sarah have a dialogue about bullying with guest: Nick Longo from Stop the Hate, Spread the Hope. To learn more about this anti-bullying awareness organization, visit . October 28, 2013

  3. Individual Terrorism (mp3). Teen hosts Drew and Amari discuss terrorism and the trauma it causes, with a focus on individual terrorism or bullying. Guest: Jennifer Kinzie, LMHC, is a holistic, trauma-informed, motivational therapist that specializes in working with adolescents, couples and families, particularly those who are experiencing significant distress due to communication barriers and/or trauma/loss. July 3, 2013

  4. Bullying (mp3). Jan 29, 2012
    This week we will discuss bullying. What are some ways you can stop bullying? Guests: Nick Longo from Stop the Hate, Spread the Hope; Tiffany Braley from Vera House

  5. Stop the Hate, Spread the Hope (mp3). April 3, 2011

  6. Stop Bullies—How does it feel to be bullied? (mp3). Feb 20, 2011

Communication, Media, and Social Media

  1. Are You REALLY Listening? (mp3). June 20, 2014
    For Effective Communications Month, teen hosts Robert, Ayana, Dylan, and Kaitlyn talk about our pal AL, or active listening. They also discuss when it’s important to listen and avoid giving advice, and when we need to speak up to effectively communicate. Guest Laurie Best, Coordinator of Community and Volunteer Relations at Contact Community Services. If you need someone to listen to you, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or chat online at their website between the hours of 2 PM and 2 AM Eastern.

  2. Media’s Effect on Youth (mp3). July 11, 2013
    Teen hosts McMillen, Grace, and Tegan discuss how the media affects them and their peers. They also answer our question of the week, "If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?"

  3. Sexting (mp3). January 31, 2013
    Teen hosts Arij, Janae, Jackie, Lindsey, and Salwa discuss the sexting epidemic and its consequences for teens.

  4. What’s "In" (mp3). Jan 18, 2013
    Teen hosts McMillen, Janae, Ayana, and Lindsey discuss the latest teen trends.

  5. Cyberworld (mp3). Sept 6, 2012
    Teen Hosts Jackie, Drew, Kia, and Lindsey discuss the Internet and how teens can use it in safe, smart ways. Guest: Rachel Tarr, Teen Talk Producer and Web buff.

  6. Internet Safety (mp3). May 4, 2012
    Teen Hosts Shannon, Annie, and Karla discuss how to be safe on the Internet. Guest: Tech Guru Cory Brooks

  7. Communication (mp3). July 31, 2011
    Teen hosts Justin and Alexis join host George Kilpatrick in a discussion with guest Christy Perry about the effects social media has had on teen communication.

  8. Sex and the Media (mp3). April 17, 2011
    There is so much information and MISinformation available to teens about sex. How do you know which is accurate? Do you talk to parents? Friends? Or do you rely on the Internet and TV? Our guest will be Crystal Collette, Manager of Real Life, Real Talk. Call in to talk about this week’s topic or anything else that’s on your mind.

  9. Digital Use and Abuse (mp3). April 11, 2010

  10. Texting (mp3). Nov 15, 2009

Current Events

  1. New Year’s Resolutions for the World (mp3). January 8, 2016
    What’s your New Year’s resolution? Teen Talkers Amanda, Anna, and Noella discuss their ideas on how the world should change and ways that youth can help make that happen.
  2. Youth Involvement in Politics (mp3). Nov 5, 2015
    Hosts Sarah, Sarah, Cady, Katie, and Alice discuss the reasons why youth seem disinterested in politics, how public figures can better engage youth, and their personal views on the current political scene. Our guest is Willa Hahn, Miss Metropolitan 2016, whose personal platform is youth involvement in politics.

  3. Current Events – September 2015 (mp3). Sept 29, 2015
    In this show, teen hosts Dana, Mackenzie, Santana, Sophia, and Suzy share their thoughts on current events. Topics discussed include Pope Francis’s visit to the US, the international migrant crisis, and the bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

Depression, Suicide, and Mental Health

  1. Suicide in the Media (mp3). Sept 22, 2015
    In this episode, hosts Sarah, Anna, Alice, Dana and Kyla discuss media’s effect on suicide including how movies portray suicides, improper reporting in the news, copycat suicides and the Werther Effect, and how celebrity suicides help to start the conversation about the issue. Need help? Here are some resources:

  2. Healthy Options for Dealing with Depression (mp3). May 26, 2015
    Teen hosts Sarah, Kaitlyn, Sarah, and Sydney talk about some of today’s healthy options for treating depression. The discussion includes personal experiences, dietary changes and supplements that might help, and how to create your own toolkit for depression.

  3. Coping with Anxiety (mp3). May 5, 2015
    Teen hosts Sam, Brianna, Dana, and Sarah discuss how to challenge negative thoughts, how we are affected by those around us, and tips for coping with anxiety. Guest: Trina Luttinger, Student Assistance Counselor at Contact Community Services

  4. The Semicolon Project (mp3). April 16, 2015
    To promote the Semicolon Project's awareness day on April 16th, teen hosts Sarah, Dylan, and Jess discuss suicide prevention and mental health. Our guest is Jamel, a young man who shares his story of suicidal thoughts and the support he received during that time in his life. We encourage our listeners to support the Semicolon Project and use the hashtag #semicolonproject416 to help raise awareness. For more information on this program, visit their Facebook page. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health issues, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or visit their website to get more information or chat online with a trained counselor.

  5. How to Prevent Youth Suicide (mp3). September 16, 2014
    For World Suicide Prevention Day, teen hosts Sarah, Jess, Yanira, and Sarah discuss ways that young people can work to prevent suicide. Our guest is Laurie Best, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator at Contact Community Services.

  6. Mental Health Month (mp3). May 15, 2014
    May is Mental Health Month, and teen hosts Robert, Dylan, and Kaitlyn discuss mental health issues and how you can enhance your mental well-being. Guest: Mike, a local teen who has received treatment for depression. For more information on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and how you can get help, visit or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

  7. Creativity & Stress Relief (mp3). May 2, 2014
    Teen hosts Dylan, Kia, and Sarah discuss ways teens can boost their creativity while relieving stress at the same time. Guest: Kelly Murphy, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist

  8. Fears/What are YOU afraid of? (mp3). October 31, 2013
    Are you scared of spiders? Aliens? Maybe even...napkins? To celebrate Halloween, teen hosts Rachel, Robert, and Sara talk about their fears with guest Kelly Murphy, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist.

  9. World Mental Health Day (mp3). October 9, 2013.
    October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Our teen hosts discuss mental well-being and ways to cope with mental health issues. Guest: Trina Luttinger, a Student Assistance Counselor from Contact Community Services

  10. Suicide Prevention (mp3). September 5, 2013.
    Teen hosts McMillen, Grace, Robert, and Salwa talk about suicide prevention with Trina Luttinger, Student Assistance Counselor from Contact Community Services. This powerful show sends the message to teens that they are not alone in their struggles and provides information on how to help someone having thoughts of suicide. Sources of Strength, a best practice youth suicide prevention project, is also discussed. If you are having thoughts of suicide, or you know someone who is showing warning signs for suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The call is free and you will be connected to a trained counselor at a crisis center in your area.

  11. Mental Health Month 2013 (mp3). May 9, 2013
    In observance of Mental Health Month, teen hosts Arij and Allison discuss mental health myths and facts. Guest: Tonja Rector, LMFT. May is Mental Health Month and May 9th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. For more information on Mental Health Month, visit . To find out more about National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, check out .

  12. Stress (mp3). Dec 5, 2012
    Teen hosts McMillen, Janae, Jessica, and Leah talk about what stresses them and how they alleviate stress.

  13. Best of Suicide Prevention Shows (mp3). September 10, 2012
    In observance of World Suicide Prevention Day, we’ll air some of our best clips from past suicide prevention shows. For more information on World Suicide Prevention Day, visit .

  14. Teen Suicide (mp3). Aug 16, 2012
    Teen Hosts Brianna, Arij, Kudzwai, and McMillen talk about the growing problem of teen suicide. Our guest is Laurie Best, Mental Health First Aid and ASIST Trainer. If you are having suicidal thoughts or you know someone who may be suicidal, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1800-273-TALK (8255) or visit their website at .

  15. Depression and Bipolar (mp3). July 12, 2012
    Teen Hosts Janae and Tim discuss the effects of depression and bipolar disorder in teens. Guests: Selena and Adam, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Central New York

  16. Coping with Grief (mp3). June 1, 2012
    Teen Hosts Tim, Brooke, and Devin discuss strategies for coping with grief. Guests: Susan Hayes-Penhollow and Betsy Gallagher, Youth Counselors at Hope for Bereaved

  17. Mental Health Awareness (mp3). May 25, 2012
    In this episode, teen hosts Karla, Shannon, and Tre’ discuss the importance of mental health with Cheryl Giarrusso, mental health professional and Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

  18. Starting Your Day in a Positive Way (mp3). April 20, 2012
    Teen Hosts Jackie, Brooke, and Kia talk with Kelly Murphy, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, about how to kick start your day in a positive way.

  19. Fright and Phobias (mp3). Oct 30, 2011
    What scares you? In celebration of Halloween, we’re talking about fears and phobias. We’ll also discuss how old is too old to trick-or-treat.

  20. Depression and Suicide (mp3). July 10, 2011
    How do you deal with feeling depressed? Guests: Trina Luttinger, SAP Counselor at CNS; Jacquelynn, student at CNS. They will talk about the Sources of Strength program that focuses on suicide prevention.

  21. Fun and De-Stressing (mp3). May 15, 2011
    Final exams, after-school activities, jobs, personal problems, future...many teens are on overload and don’t take time for themselves. Do you get to be a kid anymore or is it all business? What makes you crazy and how do you deal with it? How do you de-stress? What do you do for fun?

  22. Beating the Blahs (mp3). May 23, 2010

  23. Teen Worries (mp3). March 14, 2010


  1. A Teen Perspective on the Refugee Crisis (mp3). Jan 19, 2016
    Teen hosts Dana, Dylan, Sarah, Sophia, and Suzy sit down to discuss the ongoing global refugee crisis. Topics include the prevailing notion of fear surrounding the crisis, and Syracuse’s role in settling refugees. For more information on Hopeprint and how you can help resettled refugees, visit .

  2. Where is Your Family Tree Planted? Oct 22, 2015

    Our latest PSA challenges you to think about your genealogical roots.
    View at YouTube

    There will (always) be stereotypes, but the only thing that matters is HOW you face them.
    View at YouTube

  3. Furthering Our Discussion on Racial Inequality (mp3). June 29, 2015
    In this episode of Teen Talk, hosts Robert, Dana, and Kyla continue the discussion on racial inequality with retired Syracuse City Court Judge Langston McKinney. Topics include the recent viral video of excessive police force used on teens in McKinney, Texas, as well as what youth can do to counter racial injustices in our society. "Evil prevails when good people do nothing. It’s a luxury to take the path of inactivity in the face of injustice."—Langston McKinney

  4. Does Racial Inequality Still Exist in America? (mp3). Feb 12, 2015
    Prompted by recent issues in the news involving race and violence, Teen Talk explores the state of racial inequality in the United States. Hosts Dana, Domy, Kyla, and Yanira discuss this along with how the public thinks about racial issues and how to respectfully disagree with someone whose views oppose your own. Guest: retired Syracuse City Judge Langston McKinney.
    * The views and opinions expressed in this program belong solely to the hosts and guest. They do not reflect the views and opinions of the Teen Talk program or Contact Community Services.

  5. Race and Culture Discussion (mp3). March 20, 2012
    Teen Host Jackie discusses race and culture issues with teens Karla and Tre’.

  6. Black History Month (mp3). Feb 5, 2012
    This week we are talking about Black History Month. Who is your favorite figure in black history? Our guest is Hon. Langston McKinney, the first African-American City Court Judge in the history of the City of Syracuse.

  7. Latino Culture and Heritage (mp3). Oct 9, 2011
    This week we are talking about Latino culture and heritage. Our guests, Luis Armando-Figueroa and Imaculada Lara-Bonilla, will join our discussion.

  8. Appreciate the Differences (mp3). Jan 17, 2010

Gratitude, Giving, and Volunteering

  1. Discovering the Therapeutic Value of Pets (mp3). June 15, 2015
    Teen hosts Jess, Dylan, Nate, Sarah, and Yanira talk about the numerous benefits that pets can bring into our lives. We discuss how pets can improve your health and ways that pets can help young people avoid or recover from substance abuse. Our guest is Jessica Marabella from PAWS of CNY, Inc. For more information on the services provided by PAWS of CNY or how to volunteer, visit their website, call 315-457-7622, visit them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

  2. Wellness through Gratitude (mp3). Nov 26, 2014
    To celebrate Thanksgiving, teen hosts Suzy and Dana sit down to discuss what they’re grateful for. They also share how reflecting on our gratitude can make us happier and improve our well-being. Visit YouTube to watch the video discussed in this episode.

  3. Giving Back (mp3). Dec 20, 2012
    Teen hosts Jackie, Janae, Kia, and Grace talk about giving back to the community through volunteerism, both during the holidays and all year long. Guest: Greg Meitus, Public Relations & Marketing Manager of the Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area. Greg discusses community efforts for the annual Christmas Bureau.

  4. Giving Without Spending (mp3). Dec 18, 2011
    Our show before the holiday hiatus is about giving without spending. How do you give to others without spending money? Guest: John Flanagan, youth EMS volunteer

  5. Gratitude (mp3). Nov 20, 2011
    The topic for this week’s show is gratitude. Who would you like to thank, and what would you like to thank them for? Our guest is Chasz Parker, Executive Director of the Syracuse Rescue Mission. He’ll be talking about the services the Rescue Mission provides on Thanksgiving and other services provided by their agency. Guest: Alan Thornton, Chief Operating Officer, Rescue Mission

  6. Kindness and Courtesy (mp3). Oct 23, 2011
    This week we are talking about ways to show courtesy and kindness. Our teens tell us about their Random Acts of Kindness activities.

  7. Connected to Community—In what ways do you give back to your community? (mp3). Jan 30, 2011

Health and Body

  1. How Food Affects Your Health – A Preview (mp3) Oct 29, 2015
    In this episode, Teen Talkers offer a preview of an upcoming show on how different foods can affect your health. After the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that processed meats are now the same category of cancer risk as cigarettes, we react to the news in this lively discussion.

  2. Eating Disorders, Nutrition, and Body Positivity (mp3). March 13, 2015
    Teen hosts Sam, Cady, Sarah and Jess discuss eating disorders and good nutrition including eating for health, body positivity, and ways to support someone who is struggling with an eating disorder. Cady shares her personal experience with eating disorders and provides valuable information on getting help and maintaining recovery. To contact Centre Syracuse, the eating disorders treatment center mentioned in this episode, please call 315-671-2202 or visit their website at

  3. Teen Cancer (mp3). Jan 22, 2015
    In this episode of Teen Talk, teen hosts Jess, Cady, and Dylan discuss how to be a support to someone with cancer, preventing cancer and the dangers of online diagnosis, and how to get help for yourself and loved ones. GuestLeah Noonan, Program Coordinator at Teens Living with Cancer.

  4. How to Promote Wellness and Positive Body Image in Youth – Part II (mp3). November 17, 2014
    In part two of our episode on teen wellness and body image, teen hosts Amelia, Yanira, Sarah, Kyla, Jess, Kaitlyn, Dana, Domy, and Nate discuss what affects our perception of our bodies and how we can achieve holistic wellness through exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep. In part one, our guest is Jill Catherine, founder of 44 Hearts and spokesperson for Ophelia’s Place. This episode was recorded at Cafe at 407, a cafe in Liverpool, NY, that funds Ophelia’s Place and promotes a community creating change. If you think that you or someone you know may have an eating disorder, please contact the Upstate New York Eating Disorder Service for help and more information.

  5. How to Promote Wellness and Positive Body Image in Youth – Part I (mp3). October 31, 2014
    In this two-part episode on teen wellness and body image, teen hosts Amelia, Yanira, Sarah, Kyla, Jess, Kaitlyn, Dana, Domy, and Nate discuss what affects our perception of our bodies and how we can achieve holistic wellness through exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep. In part I, our guest is Jill Catherine, founder of 44 Hearts and spokesperson for Ophelia’s Place. This episode was recorded at Cafe at 407, a cafe in Liverpool, NY, that funds Ophelia’s Place and promotes a community creating change. If you think that you or someone you know may have an eating disorder, please contact the Upstate New York Eating Disorder Service for help and more information.

  6. Getting Fit in the Summer (mp3). July 16,2014
    Barbecues, ice cream, and inactivity during the summer can all lead to lower fitness levels. Teen hosts Drew, Kaitlyn, Robert, and Sarah share their tips for getting or staying fit over the summer. Some suggestions from our show:
    • Take advantage of the fruits and vegetables that are now in season.

    • Drink plenty of water. If you drink a lot of soda, try replacing a couple with water each day.

    • Talk to your doctor about healthy ways to reduce your calorie intake and increase your activity level.

  7. Stay Safe AND Have Fun This Summer! (mp3). July 2, 2014
    Summer is finally here, school is out, and it’s a time for most teens to relax and have some fun! Teen hosts Dylan, Kaitlyn, and Sarah share their summer plans and what teens can do to stay safe while still having a good time. Go to concerts and festivals, enjoy the outdoors, catch up on sleep, and even cool down with some indoor activities. Be smart when doing and planning your summer activities so it can be a summer you remember for all the right reasons!

  8. Preventing Teen Pregnancy (mp3). May 22, 2014
    May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. In this episode of Teen Talk, teen hosts Rachel, Ayana, and Sydney discuss teen pregnancy, various birth control options, and available resources. Guest: Caitlin McArdle, Outreach and Education Specialist with Planned Parenthood Syracuse. For more information on pregnancy prevention or options for pregnant teens, visit

  9. STD Awareness Month (mp3). April 24, 2014
    April is STD/STI Awareness month, and teen hosts Rachel, Kaitlyn, and Robert are talking about the myths they’ve heard about STD transmission and protection. Guest: Wendy Ramsay from Reach CNY, to give us the facts and provide information on how to keep yourself and your partner safer. For more information on STDs, visit the CDC website For more information on Reach CNY, their programs, and ways to obtain free contraception, visit

  10. Eating Disorders Awareness Week (mp3). February 25, 2014
    Teen hosts Jessica, Kaitlyn, and Sarah discuss the effect of eating disorders and distorted body image on youth. Our guest is Becca Degeilh, an educator from Ophelia’s Place. For more information on Ophelia’s Place, visit .

  11. World AIDS Day (mp3). November 27, 2013
    In observance of World AIDS Day, teen hosts Sarah, Morh’ese, and Robert discuss HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, symptoms, and myths. Guest: Caitlin McArdle, an educator from Planned Parenthood

  12. Virginity (mp3). July 17, 2013
    Teen hosts Jackie, Grace, and Lindsey discuss virginity and the pressures for young people to have sex. Guest: Caitlin McArdle from Planned Parenthood

  13. Body Image (mp3). June 25, 2013
    Teen hosts Jackie and Sarah discuss body image, eating disorders, and nutrition. Guest: Shannon Wagner from Ophelia’s Place. For more information on Ophelia’s Place, visit .

  14. Teen Pregnancy (mp3). May 29, 2013
    Teen hosts Arij, Ayana, and Jessica discuss teen attitudes about pregnancy and pregnancy prevention. Guest Caitlin McArdle, Outreach and Education Specialist from Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse region. To learn more about Planned Parenthood, call 1-866-600-6886 in the Rochester/Syracuse area, or call 1-800-230-PLAN to find a Planned Parenthood health center near you. You can also visit

  15. Teen Fitness & Nutrition (mp3). May 2, 2013
    Hosts McMillen, Brooke, and Lindsey discuss low-cost ways for teens to eat healthy and stay fit. Guest Emily Cullen, Registered Dietician and Clinical Nutrition Manager at St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center. For more information on healthy eating, visit and .

  16. Hypochondria (mp3). January 25, 2013
    Teen hosts Sarah, Janae, and Lindsey discuss hypochondria in teens and how it can affect their lives. Guest: Kelly Murphy, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist

  17. Myths & Facts About Sex (mp3). Oct 25, 2012
    Teen Hosts McMillen, Janae, Jackie, Jessica, and Salwa discuss common sex myths. Guest: Crystal Collette, Planned Parenthood

  18. Our Hair, Ourselves (mp3). August 23, 2012
    Teen Hosts Janae, Annie, Brianna, Grace, Jackie, and Karla discuss how they feel about their hair, share hair experiences, and talk about how society and the media affect how we view our hair.

  19. Safe Driving with Friends (mp3). June 8, 2012
    Teen Hosts Annie, Ayana, and Zachia discuss driving safely with friends, both as a passenger and a driver. Guest: Cindy Squillace, Student Assistance Counselor at Corcoran High School in Syracuse

  20. Autism (mp3). April 27, 2012
    In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Teen Hosts Shannon, Ayana, and Tre’ interview Andrea Reid-Jett, author of My Life with Autism, One Tear at a Time. They discuss what autism is and why autism awareness is important, and Ms. Reid-Jett shares some of her personal struggles and insight. Guest: Andrea Reid-Jett, author

  21. Body Image (mp3). Feb 19, 2012
    Teen Talk’s topic this week is body image. How does the media affect body image in teens? Our guests are Teri Del Rosso, whose research includes media images, teen girls, and identity; and Harriet Brown, Professor of Journalism and author of Brave Girl Eating.

  22. STDs (mp3). Jan 22, 2012
    Teens Ayana, Maya, and Shannon talk about STD symptoms, treatments, and prevention. Guests: Tiffany Lloyd, Onondaga County Family Planning Service, and Mary Ludwig-Crangle, LPN, who will answer clinical questions about sexually transmitted diseases.

  23. HIV/AIDS Awareness (mp3). Oct 2, 2011
    Our topic for this show is HIV/AIDS awareness. Our guest is John, a young man living with HIV. He shares his experiences and tells us what choices have affected his life.

  24. Body Image clip 1   clip 2   clip 3 (mp3). Feb 19, 2012
    Teen Hosts Jackie, Janae, Karla, and Tori discuss how the media affects body image in teens. Guests: Teri Del Rosso, speaker from Ophelia’s Place whose research includes media images, teen girls, and identity, and Harriet Brown, Professor of Journalism and author of "Brave Girl Eating."

  25. Healthy Relationships clip 1   clip 2   clip 3   clip 4 (mp3). Feb 12, 2012
    Teen Hosts Janae and Shannon talk about what defines a healthy relationship. Caller Taylor shares what he looks for in a relationship. Guests: Cindy Squillace, Student Assistance Counselor at Contact Community Services.

  26. Are You Changing?—What do you see as the biggest change in you...what would you like to see? (mp3). Jan 23, 2011

  27. Food Facts for Teens (mp3). Nov 22, 2009
    Includes information on eating disorders.

Holidays and Awareness Events

  1. 12 Days of Teen Talk     Dec 9, 2015

    View at YouTube
    Happy Holidays to all our Teen Talk listeners! We wrote this song according to what you gave to us and what we gave to you in 2015, as well as some of our wishes for 2016 (hint: #noexcusesnev):
    12 raging feminists
    11 Donald Trumps (not all gifts are the good kind!)
    10 transgender allies
    9 mental health shows
    8 interesting hobbies
    7 alcohol myths
    6 safety tips
    5 GOLDEN NEVs!
    4 current events
    3 stereotypes
    2 PSAs
    and a show on racial inequality
  2. "The Homestretch" at ArtRage Gallery (mp3). Nov 20, 2015
    Teen Talk attended a viewing of "The Homestretch" at ArtRage Gallery and spoke to some of the attendees following the film for reactions as well as insight into how the problem of youth homelessness affects Central New York. Teen hosts in this episode: Amanda, Anna, Eva, Noella, and Sophia.

  3. Halloween and Party Safety (mp3). Oct 30, 2015
    Hosts Kyla, Santana, and Sophia give tips for having a fun and safe Halloween, including trick-or-treat etiquette and how to handle a party that gets out of hand with drugs or alcohol. Listen to our show, and then go out and have a spook-tacular time!

  4. Empowering Today’s Latino Youth (mp3). Sept 22, 2014
    Teen hosts Yanira and Suzy commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month by discussing what their Hispanic heritage means to them, stereotypes and misconceptions about the Latino population, and what our society can do to encourage today’s Latino youth to make a difference in their communities.

  5. Woman of Inspiration 2014 (mp3). March 26, 2014
    In celebration of Women’s History Month, we honor Marissa Kubinyak, our 2014 Woman of Inspiration. Teen hosts Jessica, Dylan, and Rachel talk with Marissa about her Appalachian Trail thru hike as well as her philosophy of following your passions and listening to your intuition.

  6. Black History (mp3). March 5, 2014
    Black History Month was in February, but we believe that black history is American history and should be celebrated all year long. Teen hosts Yanira, Morh’ese, and Robert discuss black history and what it means to be a young black person living in the United States. Our guest is Antwon Dixon, an advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers.

  7. Random Acts of Kindness (mp3). February 20, 2014
    Teen host Amelia discusses random acts of kindness that she has performed and how you can pay it forward by doing nice things for others. To view the video discussed in this episode, the TED website

  8. National Mentoring Month (mp3). January 28, 2014
    In observance of National Mentoring Month, teen hosts Robert and Jessica discuss their mentors and the qualities they look for in a mentor. They are joined by Charles Rice and Jayden from the Journey 2 Manhood program at the Southwest Community Center. For more information on the program, visit their webpage.

  9. Giving Back 2013 (mp3). December 26, 2013
    Teen hosts Grace and Yanira discuss ways that young people can give back to their communities, during the holidays and year-round. Guest: Cathy Roosa, United Way of Central New York

  10. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (mp3). November 14, 2013
    November 14-24 is designated as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Teen hosts Drew, Amelia, and Yanira discuss the issues of youth hunger and homelessness including myths and stereotypes as well as ways young people can help. Guest: Rachel Tarr, Coordinator of the Onondaga County Helpline

  11. Red Ribbon Week (mp3). October 22, 2013
    In 2013, Red Ribbon Week is observed October 23-31. Red Ribbon Week is a way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Join teen hosts Allison, Amelia, and Tegan as they discuss substance abuse prevention and alternatives. Guest: Trina Luttinger, Student Assistance Counselor from Contact Community Services

  12. Hispanic Heritage Month (mp3). September 15, 2013
    Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated September 15 – October 15, recognizes the culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans. Teen hosts Yanira, Ayana, and Robert discuss the importance of Hispanic culture, the Spanish Action league and youth involved with the organization. Guest: Rita Paniagua, Executive Director of the Spanish Action league

  13. Kick Butts Day (mp3). March 20, 2013
    Teen hosts Janae, Sarah, and Tegan discuss Kick Butts Day, a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. Guest: Emilija Postolovska, a Master of Public Health student at SUNY Upstate/Syracuse University. For more information on Kick Butts Day, visit .

  14. The Importance of Our History (mp3). Feb 22, 2013
    Join teen hosts Drew, Lindsey, and Jessica as they explore the importance of history. Guest: Lisa Goldberg, high school history teacher

  15. Homeless and Runaway Teens (mp3). Nov 14, 2012
    To observe National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, teen hosts Jackie, Janae, and Arij discuss how this issue affects young people. Their guest is Rachel Tarr, Teen Talk Producer and Onondaga County Helpline Coordinator.
    Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home.
    If you are in Onondaga County and need shelter, please call Helpline at 315-435-8300. Helpline is a 24-hour service.

  16. Election 2012 (mp3). Nov 5, 2012
    On the eve of the 2012 election, Teen Hosts Drew, McMillen, and Grace will discuss the issues that matter most to them. Guest: Lisa Goldberg, US History teacher

  17. Mother’s Day 2012 (mp3). May 9, 2012
    Teen Hosts Janae, Brooke, Jackie, and Shannon talk about their relationships with their moms. They discuss some of their relationship difficulties as well as the best advice their mothers ever gave them.

  18. Women’s History Month (mp3). March 30, 2012
    In celebration of Women’s History Month, teen Hosts Janae and Jackie discuss women’s history as well as current issues faced by women. Guests: Lisa Goldberg, history teacher from Cicero-North Syracuse High School, and her daughter Annie

  19. Gratitude/Thanksgiving (mp3). Nov 20, 2011
    The topic for this week’s show is gratitude. Who would you like to thank, and what would you like to thank them for? Our guest is Chasz Parker, Executive Director of the Syracuse Rescue Mission. He’ll be talking about the services the Rescue Mission provides on Thanksgiving and other services provided by their agency.

  20. Father’s Day (mp3). June 19, 2011
    Teen hosts Brendan and Brianna discuss what life is like for young dads. They are joined by adult host George Kilpatrick and therapist Mary Kuhn.

  21. Mother’s Day (mp3). May 8, 2011
    What is the best advice you’ve gotten from Mom? It’s Mother’s Day! Let’s share what’s good and what’s challenging about our relationships with Mom. Mom gives lots of advice, but what advice would you like to give her? How about the world of teen moms. . . what’s real and what’s hype from TV and movies?

  22. Is this Holiday Season a Good Time for You or Not, and Why? (mp3). Dec 12, 2010

  23. Father’s Day (mp3). June 30, 2010

  24. New Year Attitude (mp3). Jan 24, 2010

  25. Holidays (mp3). Dec 20, 2009


  1. What Makes a Good Teen Leader? (mp3). July 22, 2014
    What are the qualities of an effective leader? How can we use our leadership strengths to make positive changes in our communities? Teen hosts Yanira and Sydney discuss what makes a good teen leader and tips for building your own leadership skills. Guest: Nasha Barnes, President and CEO of Aim Higher Enterprises . Ms. Nasha shares some of her experiences in developing her leadership potential and provides a message that will inspire you to make a better future for yourself and those around you.

LGBTQ and Gender

  1. Issues Faced by Transgender Youth (mp3). Sept 10, 2015
    Hosts Sarah, Dana, and Santana interview Kat, a transgender teen who underwent gender reassignment surgery. Kat shares her personal experience and her concerns for the transgender youth community.
  2. Is Feminism Dead, Misunderstood, or Simply Ignored? (mp3). Dec 18, 2014
    In this episode, teen hosts Sam, Dana, Domy, Dylan, Sarah Ann, Sarah B, and Suzy discuss the issue of feminism including its history, the issues surrounding it today, and what young people can do to help further the cause. Our guest is Brianna Suslovic, co-director of the International Women’s Rights Collective at Harvard.

  3. LGBT Pride Month (mp3). June 6, 2014
    In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, teen hosts Grace, Morh’ese, and Sarah discuss LGBTQ issues and culture. For more information on the Q Center, visit their webpage at or call 315-701-2431. The Q Center is a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, their families and allies to gather. The goal of the Q center is to create a safe space and a safer community for all.

  4. LGBTQ Depression & Bipolar Support (mp3). June 18, 2013.
    June is Pride Month! Teen hosts McMillen, Jackie, and Salwa discuss LGBTQ issues including depression and bipolar disorder. Guest: Matt Barbis from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance CNY Teen LGBTQ Support Group.
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

    • Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386

    • Fenway Health Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Helpline: 1-888-340-4528

    • Fenway Health Peer Listening Line: 1-800-399-PEER

  5. Coming Out & Sexuality (mp3). April 4, 2013
    Teen hosts McMillen, Jackie, and Jessica discuss teen sexuality and what coming out is like for LGBTQ youth. Guests: Phoenix and Deqwan from the Q Center. For more information on the Q Center, please visit To find out more about the Trevor Project, visit .

  6. LGBTQ+ Pride Month (mp3). June 14, 2012
    Teen Hosts Brianna, Annie, and Tim discuss LGBTQ+ issues and culture. Guests: The Q Center, Syracuse

  7. LGBTQ Youth (mp3). Oct 16, 2011
    Our show this week focuses on issues faced by LGBTQ youth. Guest: Maureen Harrington O’Neill, Associate Director of the Q Center, Syracuse

  8. LGBT Pride Month (mp3). June 12, 2011
    In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, we will have Corcoran High School Student Assistance Counselor Cindy Squillace and teens from the Gay-Straight Alliance as live guests in our studio. We’ll hear about the issues they deal with and what is happening at their school to foster a better understanding.

Public Service Announcements
These PSAs are free to download and use but they cannot be altered. We would appreciate an email to to let us know when and where they are being used.

  1. PSA: Transgender Allies Nov 20, 2015
    How can you be a supportive ally to transgender people?

    View at YouTube

  2. Kick Butts PSA 2015 (mp3) March 27, 2015
    Is it smoking really rebellious, or are you just falling into Big Tobacco’s trap?

    View at YouTube

  3. PSA: Marijuana 2015 (mp3)
    Is marijuana a good idea for you?

  4. All three address some myths associated with alcohol.
    Can drinking coffee or taking a cold shower sober you up? (mp3)
    Can placing a penny under your tongue help you pass a breathalyzer? (mp3)
    Which has more alcohol, a shot or a beer? (mp3)

  5. 2014 Marijuana PSA (mp3). Marijuana use isn’t as common as you think.

  6. Red Ribbon Week PSA (mp3). Alcohol, drug, and tobacco prevention awareness.


  1. Is Honesty Always the Best Policy? (mp3). July 29, 2014
    Honesty is often considered a virtue, but are there times when it’s not a good idea to be truthful? When can the truth actually hurt you, or hurt others? When do we absolutely need to be honest? Teen hosts Dylan, Amanda, Sarah, and Suzy talk about the value of honesty in different situations, as well as ways to tell the truth without being hurtful.

  2. Toxic Friends (mp3). Aug 9, 2013
    How do you know when a relationship has turned toxic? How do you end toxic friendships? Could you be a toxic friend? Join teen hosts Jackie and Allison as they answer these questions and more. Guest: Trina Luttinger, Student Assistance Counselor from Contact Community Services.

  3. Fitting In (mp3). June 11, 2013
    Teen hosts Jackie, Lindsey, and McMillen discuss different approaches to fitting in with other teens. Guest: Shelby Weinstein, a sophomore at the University of Rochester, who shares her story of getting acclimated to college life.

  4. Family Dynamics (mp3). April 25, 2013
    Teen hosts Jackie and Arij discuss family relationships. Guest: Laurie Best, community service worker with a degree in Family and Child Therapy

  5. Dating & Relationships (mp3). March 14, 2013
    Teen hosts Jessica, Janae, Arij, and Lindsey discuss dating and teen relationships. Guest: Tonja Rector, Marriage and Family Therapist. To learn more about Tonja and the services she provides, visit .

  6. Rebelling (mp3). Sept 13, 2012
    Teen Hosts Jackie, Grace, and Leah discuss ways teens rebel and some of the potential consequences. Guests: Marett Seymour, Salvation Army Youth and Juvenile Justice Services.

  7. The Best of Parenting (mp3). Aug 2, 2012
    In this best-of episode, we talk to Radical Parenting author Vanessa Van Petten, and caller Quannie tells us what it’s like to be a teen dad.

  8. Healthy Relationships (mp3). Feb 12, 2012
    Our topic this week is health relationships. How do you define a healthy relationship? Guest: Cindy Squillace, Counselor with Contact Community Services’ Student Assistance Program

  9. Families (mp3). Nov 13, 2011
    What shape does your family take? This week we are talking about families and the various configurations we see.

  10. Summer Relationships (mp3). Aug 7, 2011
    Teen hosts Brendan and Julie join host Karin Franklin and guest Cindy Squillace in a conversation about the nature of summer relationships.

  11. Respect (mp3). July 17, 2011
    Teen hosts George and Brianna talk to host Tim Fox and guest host Ray Blackwell about how students at different levels can prepare for college. The hosts discuss what it means to respect others and how that value is learned by young people. The hosts talk about self-respect, particularly as it relates to social networking.

  12. Relationships clip 1   clip 2   clip 3 (mp3). June 5, 2011
    Teen hosts Veronica and George discuss positive qualities that individuals bring to relationships. They are joined by therapist Mike Lynch and adult host George Kilpatrick.

  13. Procrastination and Relationships (mp3). April 10,2011
    This week we’re talking about relationships as well as procrastination. We all put things off for the last minute. It really hurts teens when it come to preparting for exams, looking into colleges, looking into post-high school plans, and/or planning for prom. Is time management the answer or is there another reason for procrastination?

  14. Relationships clip 1   clip 2   clip 3   clip 4   (mp3). March 20, 2011

  15. What Kind of Friend are You. How Would Others Describe You? (mp3). Feb 6, 2011

  16. How Do You Deal with Family or Friends who Drink or Smoke or do Drugs? (mp3). Jan 9, 2011

  17. What Do You Recommend for Recovering from a Break Up? (mp3). Dec 5, 2010

  18. Do You Think Virginity is Important and Why? (mp3). Nov 21, 2010

  19. Can Guys & Girls be Best Friends without Romance Getting in the Way? (mp3). Nov 7, 2010

  20. Lessons for Parents. Parents/adults don’t know it all, what things do you think they are clueless about? (mp3). Oct 10, 2010

  21. What are the Ingredients for a Good Relationship, Whether Romantic or just Friends? (mp3). Oct 3, 2010

  22. What Do You and Your Friends do When just Hanging Out? (mp3). Aug 21, 2010

  23. Teen Moms (mp3). May 9, 2010

  24. Relationships & Loss (mp3). May 2, 2010

  25. Separation & Divorce (mp3). April 25, 2010

  26. Sexual Myths (mp3). March 21, 2010

  27. Relationships (mp3). March 7, 2010

  28. Siblings (mp3). Feb 28, 2010

  29. Relationships (mp3). Feb 7, 2010

  30. Relationships (mp3). Jan 10, 2010

  31. Relationships (mp3). Dec 6, 2009

School and College

  1. What Teens Need to Know About Financial Aid (mp3) June 18, 2015 Teen hosts Sam, Dylan, Nate, and Sarah talk about the process of applying for financial aid, types of aid that are available, and share their own tips for college-bound students. For more information on the financial aid process, visit
  2. Roommates 101 (mp3) June 4, 2015
    Chances are, at some point in our lives we will likely have at least one roommate. In this episode, teen hosts Jess, Dana, and Sydney discuss their future plans for roommates as well as their fears about living with someone they don’t really know. Our guest is former Teen Talk host Rachel Natoli, who shares her experience with a roommate during her freshman year of college. Teens also discuss how colleges make roommate choices as well as some basic rules for living with a roommate.

  3. Time Management Tips for Teens (mp3) May 28, 2015
    Teen hosts Dana and Kyla talk about the challenges of time management. They discuss the importance of sleep, how we’re affected by feeling overwhelmed, and the need to take quality breaks. They also share their personal time management problems as well as some tried-and-true time management techniques.

  4. Prom 2015 (mp3) May 19, 2015
    Teen hosts Cady, Dylan, Sarah, Sarah, and Jazzmone discuss trends for the 2015 prom season including "promposals," finding the right dress, safe after-prom activities, and what some schools and organizations are doing for those who can’t afford to go to their prom or have religious objections to these events.

  5. Make This the Best School Year Ever! (mp3) Sept 19, 2014
    The school year is already in full swing, but it’s not too late to make this one the best ever! Join teen hosts Amelia, Sarah, Yanira, and Sarah as they give their suggestions on how to reduce stress and enjoy school. In this episode, they discuss avoiding the "drama," self-care, and finding the balance between school, family, and friends.

  6. Prom Safety (mp3). May 8, 2014
    It’s prom season! Teen hosts Drew, Ayana, and Sydney discuss this year’s prom trends, and how to have a fun prom while staying safe and not spending a lot of money. Guest: Trina Luttinger, a student assistance counselor with Contact Community Services

  7. High School Survival Guide (mp3). Aug 27, 2013
    What is the best way to manage homework? How do you navigate a new school? What should you expect in the lunch room? Guests: Jackie, Drew, Jessica, and Sarah—teen hosts— answer these questions and more in our first high school survival guide.

  8. Preventing Summer Learning Loss (mp3). Aug 5, 2013
    Teen host Jackie discusses how taking advantage of your local library can help prevent summer learning loss. Guests: Monica Norton and Pamela Gottheld from the Onondaga County Public Library System

  9. Prom Safety (mp3). May 23, 2013
    Teen hosts Lindsey, Allison, and Salwa discuss the excitement and tradition of prom, as well as ways teens can safely enjoy the event. Guest: Cindy Squillace, Student Assistance Counselor at ITC, Syracuse City School District.

  10. Choosing What to do after High School Graduation (mp3). March 27, 2013
    Teen hosts Jackie, Brooke, and Drew discuss the challenge of choosing what to do after high school graduation. Guest: Andrea Hahn from CNY Works. For more information on the services offered at CNY Works, please visit

  11. Studying Abroad (mp3). Jan 3, 2013
    Teen hosts McMillen, Amari, and Cydney gather information on studying abroad. Guests: Finella, a student who has studied abroad; Sue Shane and Chandini Pierre from the SU Abroad program at Syracuse University

  12. Homecoming (mp3). Sept 27, 2012
    Teen Hosts Arij, Jessica, and Lindsey talk about homecoming traditions as well as safe choices at the games, dances, and parties that take place this time of year. Guest: Chris Grilli, local high school teacher, and students Cole, Ellen, and Summer

  13. College (mp3). July 5, 2012
    Teen Hosts Janae, Annie, and Devin talk college. Guest: Carl Thomas, from the HEOP/AHANA office at LeMoyne College

  14. Graduation 2012 (mp3). June 22, 2012
    Teen Hosts Shannon, Annie, Brianna, Devin, and Tim talk about their time in high school, give advice to younger students and fellow graduates, and share their favorite Teen Talk moments.

  15. Prom 2012 (mp3). May 18, 2012
    Teen Hosts Devin, Jackie, and Karla discuss their prom plans and offer tips for a fun and safe prom night.

  16. Spring Break (mp3). April 10, 2012
    Teen Hosts Tim and Devin talk about things to do during Spring Break as well as activities offered year-round at The Spot. Guest: Ilario Huober, JCC’s The Spot

  17. Literacy (mp3). Dec 4, 2011
    What’s your favorite book, and what do you love about it? Our show topic this week is literacy. Teens Brianna, Jackie, and Janae discuss issues with literacy and their favorite books. Guest: Mark Cass, Vice President of Community Engagement at ProLiteracy

  18. Summer Goals (mp3). July 24, 2011
    Teen hosts Tim and Caitlin and show host Karin Franklin get to know Student Assistance Counselor Sue Hurwitz. They discuss what teens should have on their summer bucket lists as well as "brain drain."

  19. End of School, Start of Summer (mp3). June 26, 2011
    Teen host Julie is joined by musician and former teen host Ray Wellz. They discuss how teens can successfully wrap up their school year and enjoy their summer.

  20. Summer Plans (mp3). May 22, 2011
    Final exams and after-school activities will soon be done. What is on your mind as summer approaches? Is it job hunting? Working on a personal project? Will it be a welcome change or will you be fighting boredom? What does summer mean for you? Guests Lori Innella-Venne, JCC’s The Spot and Ray Blackwell, former Teen Talk host

  21. Is School Relevant? (mp3). Feb 27, 2011
    What would make school more interesting and encourage graduation?

  22. What are You Looking Forward to or Dreading when Returning to School? (mp3). Aug 29, 2010

  23. After School – What’s Next? (mp3). June 13, 2010

  24. Prom Prep A – Z (mp3). April 18, 2010

  25. Merging Schools (mp3). Feb 21, 2010

  26. College Visits (mp3). Jan 31, 2010

  27. Your Future (mp3). Nov 8, 2009


  1. Self-Improvement (mp3). Oct 7, 2015
    In this episode, Yanira, Amanda, and Eva give some tips on self-improvement. Is meditating for you? Maybe it isn’t, but in this podcast you’ll find more information on that as well as other tricks and tips to make you a better person. Teen hosts also share their personal stories of self-improvement.

  2. Strange and Interesting Hobbies (mp3). January 16, 2015
    Are you passionate about air guitar? How about LARPing? In this episode, teen hosts Suzy, Brianna, Dylan, and Sydney discuss some of the strange and interesting hobbies they’ve come across, as well as some pastimes and collections of their own.

  3. Wellness through Spirituality (mp3). Dec 4, 2014
    To continue our series on wellness, teen hosts Sara, Cady, Dylan, and Sarah discuss the importance spirtuality plays in our overall well-being. Our guest is Colby Sutter, founder of Seven Miles.

  4. Setting and Achieving Goals (mp3). Feb 28, 2013
    Teen hosts Jackie, Janae, and Amari discuss how teens can successfully set and achieve their goals. Guest: Cyndy Drew Etler, Teen Life Coach. For more information about Cyndy and her life coach services, visit .

  5. Self-Expression (mp3). Aug 30, 2012
    Teen Hosts Jackie, Leah, McMillen, and Sarah discuss the the important role self-expression plays in the teen years, as well as healthy means of self-expression. Guest: Autumn Burns, Tattoo Artist at Tymeless Tattoo & Piercing.

  6. Defining Yourself and Your Values (mp3). Jan 8, 2012
    What values define you? This week we’re discussing how you define yourself and your values. Our guest is Rachel Tarr from Contact Community Services. She’ll be leading us through the following activing adapted from "What Would You Do?" by Patricia Kenyon, 1999: Rate the following values on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being not at all important and 5 being extrememly important:

    • Wealth

    • World peace

    • Excitement-filled life

    • Family

    • Enjoyable career

    • Self-esteem

    • Healthy love relationship

    • Wisdom

    • Respected / well-known

    • Honesty

    • Personal salvation

    • Contributing to society

    • Accomplishments / achievements

    Now go back and rank the same 13 values in order of importance with 1 being most important, 2 the next in order of importance, and so on. What did you learn? Were there any surprises? Are there any factors in your life that influenced your choices?

  7. Self-Awareness (mp3). Sept 25, 2011
    Our topic this week is self-awareness. What does self-awareness mean to you? Have you had a self-awareness "a-ha" moment? Guest: Meg Guerrier, Student Assistance Counselor, Fowler High School

  8. Defining Moments (mp3). Sept 11, 2011
    For our September 11th show, we’re talking about the moments that define our lives.

  9. What Keeps You Motivated to do Your Best? (mp3). Nov 14, 2010

  10. What Scares You? What is it that worries you to the point you are a bit scared? (mp3). Oct 31, 2010

  11. Pressure Pitfalls. To avoid peer pressure, what is the one value you hang on to? (mp3). Oct 24, 2010

  12. Surviving Mistakes. We all make mistakes, but what helped YOU recover from a tough situation? (mp3). Oct 17, 2010

  13. What’s the Hardest Part of Dealing with Changes in Your Life? (mp3). Sept 26, 2010

  14. What is Your Advice for Fitting In? (mp3). Sept 19, 2010

  15. Cheating on Tests (mp3). May 16, 2010

Seniors Speak

  1. Seniors Speak – November/December (mp3). Dec 12, 2014
    In this Seniors Speak episode, teen hosts Robert, Amelia and Domy discuss winter activities, the holidays, and preparing for college.

  2. Seniors Speak September/October 2014 (mp3). Oct 2, 2014
    Seniors Speak is a regular Teen Talk feature that gives our senior hosts the opportunity to talk about anything on their minds. In this episode, Robert, Jess, and Sara discuss the college application process, SATs and ACTs, school plays and musicals, and early preparation for prom season.

  3. Seniors Speak May/June (mp3). July 8, 2014.
    In our latest Seniors Speak podcast, teen hosts Rachel, Drew, and Grace cover a wide range of topics including high school graduation, getting ready for college, summer plans, AP exams, the Kardashians, and even lawn care. This brief, fun episode is perfect to listen to whether you’re hanging out poolside or walking to summer school.

  4. Seniors Speak April/May (mp3). May 30, 2014
    In this Seniors Speak episode, teen hosts McMillen, Grace, and Lindsey discuss the end of their senior year, college plans, AP and SAT tests, and senior ball. A special song is rehearsed at the end as a tribute to other high school seniors and all our listeners. Enjoy!

  5. Seniors Speak – March/April (mp3). April 2, 2014
    Seniors Speak is a monthly Teen Talk feature where our senior hosts discuss anything and everything. This episode’s topics include museums, school lunches, and prom.

  6. Seniors Speak January 2014 (mp3). Jan 17, 2014
    Teen hosts Drew, Morh’ese, and Rachel welcome the new year by discussing what’s new in the lives of young people, including senioritis, popular culture, and future aspirations.

  7. November: High School Seniors Speak (mp3). Nov 4, 2013
    Senior hosts McMillen, Drew, Grace, and Jessica talk about their senior year classes and applying to colleges.

  8. Seniors Speak September 2013 (mp3). September 22, 2013
    Seniors Speak is a periodic feature of Teen Talk where our senior hosts have the opportunity to discuss anything they feel is important to their peers. In this edition, Lindsey, Allison, and Salwa discuss topics like senioritis, college applications, and twerking.

Violence and Crime

  1. Teen Dating Violence (mp3). April 2, 2015
    Teen hosts Jess and Sara discuss the warning signs of dating violence, the influence of the media, tips for safety and ways to get help. Guest: Tiffany Brec from Vera House

  2. Youth Violence Prevention (mp3). April 8, 2014
    In observance of Youth Violence Prevention Week, teen hosts Yanira, Kaitlyn, and Salwa discuss the causes of violence among young people and what communities can do to eliminate the problem. Guest: Tiffany Brec, educator and outreach coordinator from Vera House. For more information on National Youth Violence Prevention Week, which is observed April 7-11 in 2014, visit the National SAVE website.

  3. Domestic Violence Awareness Month (mp3). September 27, 2013
    In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, teen hosts Cherish, Amelia, and Morh’ese discuss the issue and share their stories as bystanders. Guest: Tiffany Brec, M.V.P. Educator and LGBTQ Outreach Coordinator at Vera House

  4. Bang Bang You’re Dead (mp3). May 15, 2013
    Teen hosts Jessica, Jackie, and Salwa talk to cast members from Bang Bang You’re Dead, a one-act play by William Mastrosimone. Bang Bang You’re Dead is a drama performed for kids, by kids, and aims to raise awareness of school violence and its causes. Bang Bang You’re Dead is produced by The Academy and will be performed at the Boys & Girls Club on May 16 at 7 PM, and at ArtRage Gallery on May 17 and 18 at 8 PM. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. To reserve seats, call 315-546-3224.

  5. Gun Control (mp3). October 4, 2012
    Teen Hosts Drew, Amari, Arij, Ayana, and Cydney discuss the gun problem in the United States and their general thoughts on guns. Guest: David Tarr, local gun control expert

  6. Date Rape (mp3). Sept 20, 2012
    Teen Hosts Janae, Arij, and Jackie discuss date rape and rape culture. Guest: Tiffany Braley, Vera House

  7. Anger Management (mp3). July 19, 2012
    Teen Hosts Tim, Jackie, and Janae talk about about to effectively acknowledge and alleviate anger. They are joined by Cheryl Giarrusso, Anger Management Class Facilitator.

  8. Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness (mp3). April 6, 2012
    Teen Hosts Tim and Shannon discuss abuse and Vera House’s annual White Ribbon Campaign. Guests: Tiffany Braley, Raheem Mack

  9. Bystander Approach to Violence Prevention (mp3). Feb 26, 2012
    How can bystanders help prevent relationship and sexual violence? Our guests this week are Vasi Kanneganti and Joe Andrade, Syracuse University students who are involved with the campus Advocacy Center.

Open Mic & What’s on your mind?
  1. Open Mic (mp3). Dec 19, 2010

  2. Open Mic (mp3). Aug 8, 2010

  3. Open Mic (mp3). July 25, 2010

  4. Open Mic (mp3). July 18, 2010

  5. Open Mic (mp3). July 11, 2010

  6. Open Mic (mp3). Dec 13, 2009

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