The Private Lives of Teachers

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What do teachers do on their summer vacations? That question got students at Chicago's Curie High School curious. As part of Curie High School's Youth Radio project, they explore the unknown: the teachers' private lives.


No more school, no more books, no more students' dirty looks. That's right, school is out, and that got students at Curie High School's Youth Radio Program in Chicago wondering what are their teachers do on summer vacation.

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Unidentified Woman #1: Teachers don't have fun outside the school. I don't have fun. What is fun?

Unidentified Woman #2: When I can, I do some quilting. And, I garden. Actually, I garden quite a lot.

Unidentified Woman #3: I like to sing. I love to sing for fun. And, I like to harmonize.

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Unidentified Woman #4: I like to go out with my friends, to go and have dinner.

Unidentified Man #1: Stalking these other teachers around.

Unidentified Man #2: I enjoy playing golf, but the golf season's just about over, so...

Unidentified Woman #5: ...nightclubs and dance, but we don't drink. And I also... juke.

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Unidentified Man #3: I read books by Stephen King, mainly.

Unidentified Woman #6: I'm a soccer mom. I'm a total soccer mom.

Unidentified Woman #7: You know what? I spend time with my kids but I don't really like them.

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Unidentified Woman #8: I have to keep it G-rated.

Unidentified Man #4: Vacation...

Unidentified Woman #8: ...G-rated for my students.

Unidentified Man #4: Las Vegas. I partake in some adult activities.

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Unidentified Man #5: I listen to a lot of heavy metal music, it actually helps me relax. Most of all, what helps me unwind is going to heavy metal concerts, get in the mosh pit, and really get my aggression out. Especially when I see students in the mosh pit.

Unidentified Woman #9: I do belly dancing.

Unidentified Man #6: I could do a Tom Petty impersonation if you want me to.

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Unidentified Man #6: (Singing) You don't have to live like a refugee.

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Mr. TOM PETTY (Singer): (Singing) You don't have to live like a refugee.

Unidentified Man #7: Harass students.

Unidentified Woman #10: I watch a lot of science fiction - "Battlestar Galactica" is awesome. "The X-Files" are all-time tops.

Unidentified Man #8: I collect porcelain dolls of fat girls.

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Unidentified Man #9: Mostly I stay inside.

Unidentified Woman #11: I like to ride on the public transportation in different cities and see which ones are the nicest.

Unidentified Woman #12: Do laundry, grade papers, and try to run away.

NORRIS: That piece was produced by Youth Radio at Curie High School in Chicago.

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