My Freshman Year of College: Letters Home

I felt homesick my freshman year of college. I solved this with writing. I wrote in my diary, I wrote on my blog Stories for Strangers and I wrote funny blurbs about my life to family and friends back home. I wrote much to my sister Alexa, who was a junior in high school at …

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LISTEN: Media Lab Podcast “Can You Hear Us?”

LISTEN HERE On the fifth episode of the Media Lab Podcast, Elder Martinez shares his experiences about the wild world of the internet and asks us to consider the role technology plays in our lives. In another story, Xuan Truong offers a compelling commentary about her mother and sister as they experience a negative encounter at a local grocery …

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LISTEN: Media Lab Podcast “As We Tell It”

LISTEN HERE In this fourth episode of the NEPR Media Lab podcast, Daniel Smith shares a personal testimony about his home life. Diamond Jimenez dedicates her feature piece "Blindness in Animation" to her sister Crystal who battles an eye disease that impairs her vision. We also invite you to meet a handful of our media …

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The Time I Learned German and Ruined the Fifth Grade Christmas Concert

At some point I should have stopped joining extracurricular activities. My track record as a member of fifth grade left much to desire. From the time I joined band and ruined everything to the dog poop incident of fifth grade that caused a bio-hazard and shut down my school, my prospects of ever being cool …

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The Time I Joined Fifth Grade Band and Ruined Everything

I was a weird kid. After the dog shit waffle-stomp incident of fifth grade in which I caused a bio-hazard, shut down my elementary school for a day and ruined some formative years (As my sister remembers, "That's the day I realized there were bad people in the world") I decided I needed an outlet. …

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