Hive is WFDD’s multi-tiered education program that, through storytelling, empowers young people (and some grown-ups!) to ask questions, think critically, and care about their community. It provides both content and revenue for WFDD. Though primarily youth-focused, Hive serves people ages 10 – 65+, through a variety of programs, including a summer student Radio Camp and Radio 101 classes embedded in local schools and colleges during the school year.

The Howl Story Slam

Howl Story Slam is an on-going, live storytelling competition developed by North Country Public Radio to connect the people and communities of the “North County,” the area of New York State in and above the Adirondacks. Each event involves local businesses and community members, with much of the publicity driven by Facebook posts. Individual storytellers of all ages compete in local events with the winners of local story slams advancing to a “Grand Slam” finale. Audio and video of the slams are posted on


KALW teaches California prisoners how to conduct deep, personal interviews with other inmates, and craft them into sound-rich audio stories. The station donates computers, equipment, and software so that inmates can record and edit from inside. With funding from the California Arts Council, KALW engages inmates at Solano prison to conduct “StoryCorps”-style conversations. Over 60 pieces by incarcerated people have aired on KALW and in podcast players as “Uncuffed.” The work has been life-changing for producers, prisoners and their families, and listeners say they are deeply moved.

Framed by WDET (2019 Winner)

WDET’s mission is to be the authentic voice of Detroit. Framed by WDET is a multimedia series that integrates photography and audio storytelling to present the authentic stories of Detroit’s ethnic and cultural communities on the radio, online, in a photobook, and at pop-up exhibitions in more than 20 art spaces in the Detroit region and beyond. Produced in collaboration with a community of Detroit-based photographers and storytellers, Framed empowers local residents to contribute to and inform the station’s programming. Read Current’s story about Framed.

Veterans Coming Home Finding What Works

KSFR partnered with the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services, Santa Fe Community College Veteran’s Resource Center, Santa Fe Vet Center, Horses for Heroes-Cowboy Up! and veterans groups to report on post 9-11 veterans’ re-entry into civilian life. The station helped organize a job fair for veterans that included screening the stories, speakers and entertainment for the veterans and their families. Over 300 people attended. This project was supported with funds from CPB.

Common Ground — Women of the Woods

Common Ground is our local production that highlights people, places and activities unique to our area and celebrates all that makes northern Minnesota a wonderful home. “Common Good – Women of the Woods” highlighted a group of women who gather monthly to help one another in joyful celebration of living in rural Minnesota. They celebrate the strength and knowledge they have when combining their talents and experiences while sharing a common love for the lifestyle of being “up north.”


Connecticut Public seeks support to build infrastructure for YUPntwk, a cross-platform pipeline with the mission to support, connect, and amplify young artists and creators of color in Connecticut. Since mid-2017, YUPntwk has engaged this community by serving as conveners for various music, arts and culture events; providing equipment, production, and technology resources; and by beginning to co-create content with a focus on storytelling.

Food Traditions

A collaborative project between WPT and WPR, Food Traditions explores expressions of identity through food. From the Mississippi River to lake Michigan, the Apostle Islands to Beloit, we learn about ingredients Wisconsinites choose to grow, collect, use and leave out, how they prepare a dish, whom they share it with and how these traditions construct their sense of identity. This project explores underrepresented identities, touching on topics like family tradition, food sovereignty, assimilation, integration, community building, health, immigration and sustainability.


“Ojibwemotaaddaa!” is a children’s television show aimed to teach and celebrate Ojibwe language and culture, as such is part of the rich tapestry of our nation. We produced a 30 minute children’s show, highlighting simple Ojibwe words, counting and nursery rhymes. Our show also highlights young children sugar bushing (native expression for maple syrup collecting) and explores the profession of being an annimator through the eyes of a successful Native American annimator.