Episode 14: While the X-mas Lights Glow...

I love the holiday season. I love Thanksgiving, all that food. I love December because it’s basically a whole month of Christmas. I love the cheesy Christmas songs and the fact that everywhere you go there’s just so much color and so much light. I don’t even mind the crowds at the mall. I even like going to the mall just to be inside those crowds while Christmas music plays out of the mall speakers and I can hear the distant sound of carolers somewhere in the mall, maybe somewhere near the Hot Topic. It’s just that everything says “Be Happier!”. Look, here’s some twinkling lights! Be Happier. Hey, listen to this cheery christmas song! Be happier! And it works for me. And in that almost magical state (yes, I think it’s magical) it’s easy to forget that regular life continues for everyone. That’s what this episode is about. This episode is about what else happens while the lights twinkle and the star above the tree glows and the cheery songs bounce up and down inside your head.

Our first story comes from producer Anahi Rios, She interviews Hermila and through her story we learn what it’s like to live with the weight of the loss of a parent.

We’re very lucky at our school to have a very strong support system for students who struggle with attendance, with academics, with making choices about college and career. Kristi Martin is one of those people who provides that support for our students and she’s had to move quite a long distance to be here on our campus. Producer Yrah Rayos Del Sol has that story.

Our next story is about the search for home, about what we take with us when we’re displaced. Production Manager Louie Uy has that story for us.

Our final story of this episode is about the way in which divorce sometimes pulls young people into the ugly situation of having to choose sides or having to choose with which parent to spend the holidays. Producer Carlos Rivera has that story.

Thank you again for remaining loyal listeners to our podcast. If you know someone who would like our show spread the word. If you’re a high school student and you have friends in other schools tell them about it. Tell them there are young people telling their stories to others and that maybe they should listen also.

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Our program today was produced by Anahi Rios, Yrah Rayos Del Son, Tanya Mendoza, and Carlos Rivera. Our creative directors for this episode are Reyna Morales, Jezryl De Roxas, Jose Olvera, and Eunice Choi. Our production managers for this episode are Vanesa Reyes, Shania Maestrado, Louie Uy, and Maria Monzon. Our marketing team is rocking our school and its members are Sally Melchor, Jesse Luna, Carlos Garcia and Allison Ambrosio. I’m executive producer, Andres Reconco. Please follow us on  Instagram @The Four–O-Eight and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. Thank you for listening. Tune in next month for another episode of “The Four-O-Eight”.