Episode 307: Youth

Childhood is a funny thing, especially since that window we call adolescence keeps getting longer and longer. When do we stop being children, and when do we become adults? We bring you an hour of radio built from a creative writing Stanford class--stories of growing up, not growing up and the moments that stick with us the most.

 

Host: Hannah Krakauer

Producer: Hannah Krakauer

Featuring: Michelle Goldring, Lexie Spiranac, Sarah Grossman, Jeff Bauman, Chrystal Lee

Music: Nataly Dawn

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Story 1: The Fuzziness

It's easy enough to look at a person and decide for them whether he or she is a child or an adult, but is it always so easy to tell with ourselves? What does it even mean to be a grown-up? First, a story about the blurry, perhaps undesirable transitions between childhood and adulthood.

Author: Michelle Goldring

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Story 2: Kick the Other Person as Hard as You Can

Some growing pains happen when your bones get bigger. Some growing pains happen when your opponent kicks you as hard as she can. Our next story is about growing pains of the second kind. It's also about corruption, Tae Kwon Do, and yelps.

Author: Lexie Spiranac

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Story 3: My Family Held a Meeting on My Ability to Think

After giving up sports, Sarah began playing music with her brothers every night. Beatles' songs, everyone on a different instrument, and Sarah on vocals. It was the start of a bonding between the siblings. But it was a bonding that went too far, and it started to worry her family.

Author: Sarah Grossman

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Story 4: The Order is Invariable

If there's one thing we have control over growing up, it's our bedrooms. We decorate, arrange, rearrange, and sometimes even try to paint. But there is another approach to making your room--and your life--your own. Some call it OCD, Jeff Bauman calls it peace.

Author: Jeff Bauman

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Story 5: Leave the Bears Alone

Admit it. You had stuffed animals when you were a kid. When did you give them up? Was it too late? Embarrassingly late? Well, no matter when it was, chances are you didn't have a relationship with your stuffed animals the way the narrator of our next story did.

Author: Chrystal Lee

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Story 6: What Sundresses Say

Our next story is about what it's like to be fixated on style. How do you live a life devoted to following fashion trends? What does it do to you, and is it worth it?

Author: Emily Vogel

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Story 7: If My Dog Finds Out He'll Kill My Wife

Our last story is comic piece about studying abroad, growing up, and trying to find an identity at college. For reasons we appreciate, but can't quite fathom, it's told in the voice of a 30s private eye.

Author: Billy Kemper

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