Hi everyone, welcome to the Four-O-Eight! We’re at that time of the year again. Our freshmen will become sophomores, our sophomores Juniors, Our Juniors Seniors and our Seniors will begin their own personal journeys. Here at The Four-O-Eight we’re all excited about all this and I know that we, at LAHSA are ready for all of these changes because that’s who we are, that is the spirit that guides us in this school.
This month's episode has to do with how we adjust to changes and how those changes impact the core of who we are. You will hear a story about two young people’s love for one another and how the difficulties of that love has shaped who they are. You will also hear a conversation between a boy and a girl and about some of the misconceptions that are attributed to their gender. And finally you will hear a story about a former student of ours and about what it was like for her to make her journey to a university that is far from home.
So, stay tuned!
Our first story is brought to you by Shania Maestrado. She talks to two young women about the hardships they have faced because of their sexual orientation.
In our next story, producer Heaven Muñoz explores the roles that society says we have to fulfill as men and women.
And finally, we have Anahi Rios who talks to Tabina Mahtab about what it was like to go to a university that is far from her family.
All of us at The Four-O-Eight thank you for listening. We exist because you still listen to us!
Our program today was produced by Heaven Muñoz, Anahi Rios, and Yrah Rayos Del Sol. Our creative directors for this episode are Bryant Hernandez, Reyna Morales, and Jezryl De Roxas. Our production managers for this episode are Selma Ramos, Vanessa Reyes, and Shania Maestrado. Our marketing team is rocking our school with all kinds of cool posters and flyers 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 our final episode of Season 3 of “The Four-O-Eight”.
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.
Oh yeah, we also still have some Four-O-Eight pins. If you’d like one and you have a dollar to donate to our podcast please stop by room 408!
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”.
This months' episode is a bit different. Here at The Four-O-Eight we've told the stories of our classmates, our teachers, our parents and our community. In every one of those episodes we've narrated bits about ourselves as well, bits that are woven into the fabric of the segment. This month, however, the focus is solely on us, on our spirits, on our stories, on what makes us the human beings we've become. It's our turn to look inward, to face our demons, to face our angels.
The iTunes Podcast contains 9 of the 19 stories told by us.
You can listen to it here:
Below you will find ALL the stories. They are honest, true and required courage and rigor to put together.
This is who we are in our rawest forms.
Franky and his father have, to put it mildly, a troublesome relationship, one full of resentment and anger. In this segment, Franky confronts his father and explores the reasons for the chasm that has grown between them.
In the year 2012 Brec made his journey from The Philippines to The United States. This is the story of that journey and of the difficulty of that transition.
Elizabeth's mother had to make a choice. That choice would cause waves throughout Elizabeth's family. This is the story of that choice and how it impacted and continues to impact Elizabeth's life.
Alex is a talented student and a talented member of The Four-O-Eight. But, last year, Alex learned a lesson about team work, about stress and cooperation. This is the story of that lesson.
Marianna and her brother Juan suffered under the hands of their father. He was physically and mentally abusive. This is Marianna's story and of how she has tried to make sense of it all.
Jenny has always had questions about why she and her brother weren't close when they were growing up. In this segment Jenny talks with her brother and they try to hash out the reasons for their apparent disconnect.
Chris Castro was a trouble maker when he was in middle school. He never thought his actions would put him in danger of being labeled a "criminal". In this segment, Chris and his mother explore the event that pushed Chris away from "childishness" and into the more serious world of criminal behavior.
Two years ago, Consuelo knew she was destined to marry the guy she was dating. She knew their wedding was going to be big and she knew they would live happily ever after. What she didn't know was that she was stuck in a relationship that was unhealthy. In this segment, Consuelo looks back at her time in this relationship and, with the help of her mother, tries to figure out what happened.
Guadalupe is a shy person. She's quiet and introspective. In this story she reflects on how her shyness has been an obstacle for her and how one decision she made helped her overcome this very difficult challenge.
Annicka lives surrounded by choices that carry with them some very serious repercussions. In this segment she explores how so many of the choices that exist in front of her seem to carry serious consequences and what this constant stress has done to her psyche and her spirit.
David Calvo has a little sister, someone who looks up to him and admires his skills and his passion. David understands the power of this responsibility but also the challenges that come with it. In this segment he explores what it means to be an older sibling and how some of his choices have created unnecessary stress for his little sister.
In this segment Keiry Molina discusses how one teacher taught her much more than academics and how these lessons have shaped the young person she is today.
Anabell feels disconnected from her mother, a situation that has left her wondering where in her family she can find support and comprehension. In this segment, Anabell talks to her sister about what they can be for each other in the absence of a guiding parent.
Music has the power to shape our perceptions of the world and of ourselves. In this segment, Esther examines how music has shaped her perception of love, peace and politics.
Drugs have the potential to destroy lives. Kimberly understands this really well. In this segment she shares the story of how drugs changed her family's life.
Everyone enjoys traveling. It's fun and you get to learn about other cultures and other people's way of life. But, it's different when you have to move to another country to live there, to continue your life there. In this segment, Jackie and her two younger sisters share their experience of what it was like to move to Mexico and try to make a life there.
Eating disorders are not uncommon. Advertisements and movies tell us how we're supposed to look, tell us what is considered beautiful. Jocelyn Martinez examines her own journey through living with an eating disorder.
We carry our bodies with us everywhere we go. We learn to love and hate those pieces of us that we feel don't meet our expectations of what is normal or beautiful. Tabina talks about a part of her she sees as flawed and what it has taken for her to finally be comfortable with every piece of her.
Yorgy is a dancer. Everyone at our school knows it. She's talented and passionate. In this segment, she explores how dancing has become a powerful force in her life and why it's shaped her to be the person she is today.
Music for all episodes comes from: http://www.bensound.com