October 28, 2011 Witnesses say Scott Olsen was struck in the head by a projectile when clashes broke out Tuesday between Occupy Oakland protesters and police. At a vigil Thursday night, veterans gathered with protesters to pay tribute to Olsen. They say his story is a reminder of the dangers of excessive force.
October 18, 2011 In 2006, Malin Alegria's debut novel was unique in the world of young adult fiction: It followed a Mexican-American girl through a quintessential coming-of-age experience — the quinceanera. Today, Alegria's book is still celebrated in Latino communities — and publishers are starting to pay attention.
September 19, 2011 In the San Antonio neighborhood in Oakland, Calif., sex trafficking has been a problem since several motels moved into the community decades ago. In the past year, when parents and advocates realized pimps were targeting middle school girls, they started to hold rallies and marches and met with public officials and the police to stop the problem.
June 15, 2011 Once a month, DIY media makers gather in Los Angeles to watch each other's TV minishows, then vote for the best. The underground event is called Channel 101 and the goal is to win enough audience votes to be invited back for another screening.
June 14, 2011 Youth Radio's Maya Cueva says her mother always taught her to never surrender to the manipulative ways of advertising. But recently, she had been wondering how much control she has over her thoughts. So she went to the corporate headquarters of NeuroFocus, a pioneer in the business of neuromarketing, to find out.
June 6, 2011 Sam Fuller of Albany, Calif., is part of a rare minority of home-schoolers who call themselves "unschooled" — a more unstructured, self-directed form of home schooling. He says that because he didn't have pressure from school and friends to tell him what to like, it was his responsibility to figure out how to spend his time.
December 7, 2010 In Oakland, Calif., known as a center for sex trafficking in children, police used to put a priority on arresting johns. But with cuts in funding the police now target the children who've been trafficked for sex. Prosecutors say arresting the victims is actually a way to save them. Some children's advocates disagree.
December 6, 2010 According to the FBI, more than 100,000 children are sold for sex each year in the U.S. Many are brutalized by pimps and exploited by men who seek out young sex partners. In a Youth Radio investigation, two young women who recently escaped what they call "the game" share their stories.
August 26, 2010 New college students will have to master tough personal finance lessons early. Fahiya Rashid, a student at the University of California, Irvine, says her dad warned her of the problems he had. Rashid says her dad had more than a dozen credit cards and took out students loans. She says he's still paying the money back.