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Detroit students launch new talk radio show for teens

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A new talk radio show hits the airwaves tonight. It's called "Can U Relate?" and it's produced by and for Detroit Public School students.

Ania McKoy is a junior at Detroit School of Arts, and is one of the handful of DPS students working on the new show. She says each episode of "Can U Relate?" will tackle a different topic - like teen pregnancy, bullying, homophobia.

McKoy says teens will be able to turn on the show and hear other teens going through similar experiences, and that they "have advice that they can give and they want to share" with whoever's listening. "That would be something I hope everybody takes away from this show – that all of us, we’re just alike."

But it's not just teenagers who will benefit from the show.

Beverly Morrisson-Green teaches radio and television at Detroit School of Arts, and is helping the students produce the first episode on obesity. She says when teachers tune in to the show, it will help them "learn how to educate better" because they'll be able to hear first hand accounts of the issues students face.

Morrison-Green says the topics on "Can U Relate?" are things "students talk about every day, and those are things that we’re not addressing in the educational world."

The show airs the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. on 90.9 WRCJ, Detroit Public School’s radio station.

Jennifer is a reporter for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously covered arts and culture for the station, and was one of the lead reporters on the award-winning education series Rebuilding Detroit Schools. Prior to working at Michigan Radio, Jennifer lived in New York where she was a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in the Bronx.
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