Art and Activism

At what point do art and activism intertwine? Is activist/protest art important or overdone? Is art as effective as active protests?

Join your hosts Clare Considine and Aidan Mitchell as they explore these questions and more!

In the first half, they will be speaking with local artist Pigeon, creator of the Mainer project which explored what makes a Mainer. Find more information here:

In the second half, they will be joined by local artist Asher Woodworth, creator of the Tree performance on Congress Street this past October. Find more information here:

Tune in, folks!



Blunt Youth Radio Project is one of the oldest and most decorated radio programs in the United States, AND WE WANT YOU!

Our hour-long shows feature two teen hosts who interview guests on public affairs issues. Topics range from the serious: sex trafficking – to the light-hearted: memes.

We’re looking for fresh faces, so come to the open house to…
•Find out about free training in all aspects of making radio and how you can join our program and be a part of a weekly talk show
•Learn to report for radio, host a live show, engineer a broadcast, and make creative audio productions
•Learn about paid internships which may be available for experienced members
•Meet other teens from all around greater portland
•Buff up that college resume!
•Make a positive difference in your community

The open house will take place at WMPG (92 Bedford Street) on Monday, June 20th from 7-8:30 PM!

Come one, come all folks!

Girls & Sex! Interview With Author Peggy Orenstein

In a world where women are either “sluts” or “prudes,” how do you win? What are we even winning?

Join your hosts Milena Germon and Setareh Jalali on their exploration of the multi-dimensional world of adolescence and sensuality from 7:30-8:30 PM on 90.9 or 104.1. We had the honor of interviewing “Girls & Sex” author Peggy Orenstein about Kim Kardashian, faux-liberation, female sexuality, hookup culture, sexual education, and more! This is an especially relevant topic for two young women growing up in a hyper-sexual culture. Tune in folks!

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Life After High School: College, Jobs, and Finances

Join hosts Joliet Morrill and Setareh Jalali tonight as they discuss college and how to pay for it. Studies have shown that the class of 2015 graduates are the most indebted ever at $1.3 trillion, so what are prospective college students supposed to do?

They will be speaking to past Blunt members Leo Hilton, Meggie Parker, Valerie Randall, Molly Adams, and Spencer Scott about their experiences after high school and in college.

In the second half, they will be speaking to Martha Johnston, Director of Education at Finance Authority of Maine, and Cherie Galyean, Education and Scholarship Manager at Maine Community Foundation. They will be speaking about the cost of college and how students can get the most out of their financial aid.

For more information on the scholarships and grants offered by FAME and Maine Community Foundation, visit their websites below:


Generation Gap

It can be easy for this generation to believe that they are being exclusively targeted by the older generation at the moment, but it has become increasingly clear over time that every generation experiences this gap in some way.

Join hosts Joliet Morrill and Setareh Jalali tonight as they discuss the prevalence of the generation gap and its vast impact. They will be joined by Neil Howe, a a historian and sociologist specializing in generational differences and co-creator of the Strauss-Howe generational theory. We will also be joined by David Finkelhor, a sociologist known for his coining of the term “Juvenoia.”

20th Anniversary of Youth Empowerment: Donate to WMPG

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Join us as we celebrate 20 years of youth empowerment through radio! Tonight we’ll be looking back over the years on past radio pieces and speaking with the Blunt members who made it all happen. Leo and Sophie will be the hosts for the evening.


And Blunt Radio Project couldn’t happen without the support of WMPG, community radio for Southern Maine.  Please contribute to WMPG’s Begathon: fall fundraiser by calling (207)874-3000 or donating via!

Check out the WMPG Swag (requires one small donation):

Culture of Humor Monday May 13th, 2013


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Blunt Youth Radio will be tackling “the Culture of Humor” this Monday, May 13th from 7:30-8:30! Tune in as Hosts Trenton Johnson and Gaby Ferrell have many laughs and tell really bad jokes! Even if you might not be too impressed with our stale sense of humor, listen as we interview comedy teacher, Tim Ferrell, and Co-owner of the Portland Comedy Co-op, Will Green! Amuse us with your comedic talents and call in to have your voice on air!

Blunt Youth Radio Open House, Monday, May 13, 6:30-8:30 pm!

Makenzie and Leo engineering Felix and Jake on the mics

Award-winning Blunt Youth Radio Project is recruiting new members!

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Program seeks high school-aged teens to receive FREE training in radio journalism and broadcasting.

Nationally award-winning Blunt Youth Radio is holding an Open House to recruit new high school aged volunteers. The event takes place on Monday, May 13, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at WMPG, Southern Maine Community Radio, 92 Bedford Street, on the USM Portland Campus. The Open House happens during Blunt’s regular live Monday night broadcast. Visitors will have the chance to see the live show, be interviewed on-air and enjoy some free pizza and root beer!

Since 1994, Blunt Youth Radio Project has brought together teenagers from a variety of schools to produce a weekly, call-in, public affairs radio show on WMPG-FM, 90.9 and 104.1, the non-profit, community radio station of the University of Southern Maine. The hour-long show features two teen hosts who interview guests on topical issues, interspersed with public radio-style feature reports, produced by the team’s reporters.

At Blunt (think: “straightforward,” “to the point,” “frank,” or “no holds barred”), our young members handle all aspects of show production: reporting, on-air hosting, choosing topics and locating guests, studio production, and broadcast engineering. Work by members of Blunt has aired on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Maine Public Radio, This American Life, the BBC and other shows. Find out more about Blunt at our website: http://u

Blunt Youth Radio equips teens with the tools and training that give them a voice in electronic media. Members develop critical thinking skills and a civic-minded outlook. Our members cover important issues in their communities ranging from elections to college costs. Blunt combats Maine’s “brain drain” problem by helping young people take an active role in community life right here and right now!

Who should join Blunt Youth Radio Project? We are open to any high-school aged student. Our program is low-barrier, and the only qualification is an open mind and a commitment to show up. We encourage young people to join as early in high school as possible. Most of our members remain in the program for two years or more. Current and alumni members are available for interviews this week. Training begins soon, so we are eager to find teens to join our program.

Again, we are holding an Open House at WMPG on Monday, May 13, 2013 from 6:30  to 8:30 pm.

Contact me for more info or just come on down!

Claire Holman, Director

Blunt Youth Radio Project