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Episode 16: The World that Shapes Us

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”.

Episode 15: Hope

To have hope means to believe that there are grounds for believing that something good may happen. It’s like fuel to us. It's hope. It keeps us going, keeps us striving for what might be different, what might be better. We all know stories of people who have lost hope, who have given up whatever journey they’re taking because the guiding light they once had has extinguished. Today’s episode is about what hope looks like to different people and how they manage to hold on to this sometimes elusive thing.

The first story you will hear is about two teenagers, two high school students, who have found hope in a most unusual place.

Then, you'll hear a story about what happens when we make a mistake with long lasting serious consequences. What if the consequences of those mistakes impact the life of someone else? Where can we find solace? Where do we find hope? Producer Yrah Rayos Del Sol has a story about Art and how Art has the potential to heal.

After that story you will hear one that is partly about the horrible ways in which we sometimes treat children, about the scars we leave behind. It’s also about the resilience of the human spirit. Anahi Rios has that story for us.

The next story is about Diana, a junior at our school, an athlete and a scholar. She’s intelligent and resilient. Like many of our students, Diana has been dealt a challenging life, one that she’s navigated wisely so far. She lives with her mom, a woman who has been both a mother and a father. Her relationship with her father has always been tricky, complicated by resentment and broken promises. It is a story that demonstrates the hope and resiliency of a daughter that understands the adult world and all its self-constructed illusions.

Our final story comes from producer Heaven Muñoz. In it she interviews someone trapped inside drug addiction, someone who sees hope as something negative, something dangerous.

All of us as 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, Yrah Rayos Del Sol, and Tanya Mendoza. Our creative directors for this episode are Bryant Hernandez, Reyna Morales, Jezryl De Roxas, and Jose Olvera. Our production managers for this episode are Selma Ramos, Vanessa Reyes, and Louie Uy. 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 another episode of “The Four-O-Eight”.

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.

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”.

Episode 12: We Are The Four-O-Eight Season 2

Dear Listener:

Today, June 9, 2017, is the end of the 2016-2017 school year. In a couple of hours the space in front of The Cocoanut Grove will be full of excited families carrying balloons, flowers, cameras and, sometimes, celebratory signs that they plan to display during the ceremony. They’ll of course be disappointed because they can’t carry the balloons or signs into the theater. The students, those wearing their cap and gowns, will all be assembled inside the dance room. That’s where they line up; that’s where they say their first goodbyes. That’s where some of the first tears erupt, sometimes that’s even where old broken relationships get mended. After that they’ll march into The Cocoanut Grove theater where friends and families await them with smiles and tears and flowers. It’s all over so quickly, too.

This episode of the Four-O-Eight marks the end as well. It marks the end of season 2. Clap a little for us. It’s a big deal. We have a couple of serious followers, students who stop me on a regular basis to ask when the new episode will air. It’s exciting when that happens. I hope this last episode stays in your consciousness for a long time, just like the graduating class of 2017 will stay in mine.

In today’s episode you will hear six stories. Each one is individually produced, recorded, and edited by the individual telling the story. This episode was not a group project.

The first story you will hear comes from Anabell Cho. In it she explores the power of social media and the impact it’s had on her life.

Our next story comes from Annicka Tiu. Annicka explores what it means to be family, what it means to be affectionate and what it means to understand.


As our seniors graduate and some find themselves moving to other states to continue their education they find themselves saying goodbye to old friends and to boyfriends and girlfriends. In our third story, Franky Morales explores what his move to Oregon will mean for his relationship with his girlfriend.

I’ve heard people say that High School isn’t high school if there’s no drama. When some adults say this we say it laughing because in retrospect the drama that happens in high school looks very small from a distance. Some of us have forgotten the trauma of those dramas. Keiry Molina is no alien to drama and in our fourth story she explores the damage it caused and the lessons she learned.

Our fifth story comes from Elizabeth Rosa and, in it, she talks about her relationship with her brother and the way in which he indirectly carved a path she would be asked to follow, a path she didn’t necessarily see as hers.

Our final story comes from Jason Sims. In it, he discusses what it’s like to have a dream be deferred by a physical injury.


That’s it for us this season. We’ll be taking a break until September when the new staff of The Four-O-Eight begins their school year. Thank you for staying with us, for listening, for giving us your attention and your patience. We would be purposeless without you.

My name is Andres Reconco and I am the executive producer of The Four O Eight. Until next time.

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Episode 11: The Way Out: Stories of Survival

Dear Listener,

I think it’s pretty common knowledge that some of the most important lessons we learn are lessons that difficult experiences teach us. Some of those experiences could be avoided, I guess, if we listened to our parents or to our friends or to the experiences of strangers. Others, however, just can’t be avoided and we’re forced into that turbulence and we either emerge from it wiser and stronger or we get stuck inside that chaos. That’s what today’s episode is about. Today we look back at that turbulence and we explore how some people got out and what they learned and how they’ve grown.

In our first story, producer Lupe Espinoza talks to Joey, a senior at our school, about the death of his uncle and about the power of music.

Our second story comes from producer Elizabeth Rosa. She interviews Angelica and together they explore what it takes to find courage and conviction.

Our third story is about Yami, a senior at our school, and about the lessons she learned after her first encounter with death.

Our final story by our producer Tabina Mahtab is one of redemption, it’s about finding a new purpose, a new role in life after being in the grips of gang life.

Thanks for listening. Our program today was produced by Lupe Espinoza, Elizabeth Rosa, Franky Morales, and Tabina Mahtab. Our creative directors for this episode are Anabell Cho, Ha Bin Lee, Karla Baires, and Brec Hipolito. Our production managers and marketing directors are Luz Cruz, Jonathan Sims, Jason Sims, and Se Mi Han. I’m executive producer, Andres Reconco. Please follow us on Twitter and 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 this 2nd season of “The Four-O-Eight”.

Thanks also to incompetech.com for allowing us access to their sound files.

Episode 10: What We Wish We Could Say...Freely

Dearest Listener,

At The Los Angeles High School of the Arts we try our best to guide our students through a journey of self discovery. We ask them to reflect on who they are, what they like, what they hate, what they need to improve on. They’re good at it too. Our tenth graders, for example, write poetry that is very personal, full of personal insight, full of some very beautiful and purposeful vivid imagery. Some are even willing to share the poems in front of class. They’re brave like that.

This episode is an extension of that. We’ve titled it: “Things I wish I could say…freely”.

You’ll hear a story about a student who feels isolated because of her sexual orientation. You’ll also hear a story about an educator who grapples with finding the appropriate way of engaging her students in discussions about government in a way that is fair towards the government and fair towards the people this government represents. Finally, you’ll hear a story about a young man’s trauma, stemming from an unhealthy relationship with his father.

Our program this month was produced by Franky Morales, Tabina Mahtab and Lupe Espinoza. Our creative directors for this episode are Anabell Cho, Karla Baires and Brec Hipolito. Our production managers and marketing directors for this episode were Luz Cruz, Jason Sims, and Se Mi Han. I’m executive producer, Andres Reconco. Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @The Four–O-Eight and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

We'd like to thank Kevin McLeod from incompetech.com for the amazing music.

-The Four-O-Eight

Episode 9: Unmerry X-Mas

 

Dearest Listener,

I know you know this because it’s obvious everywhere you go but it’s the holiday season! It’s Christmas time, Hannuka time, Kwanzaa time and you can even push the holidays into January and celebrate el dia de los tres reyes magos! I’m excited. I love the holidays. The food, the company, the vacation. All the colors everywhere, all the lights. I even like the crowds at the mall. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like this season.

With that said though, there are people for whom this season is not fun, not pleasant…for whatever reason.

This month’s episode focuses on the holiday season and on the different ways in which people experience these days. You’ll hear a story about one of our producer’s frustrations with not being able to celebrate Christmas with her family. You’ll also hear one of our teachers discuss what it’s like to be Jewish during a season which is heavily influenced by Christmas. Then you’ll hear a story about how one young woman still holds on to the idea of Santa Claus and the reasons why she does this will make you smile but will also put a litte bit of sorrow in your heart. Our final story will about a young woman for whom the holiday season is not as joyful as if could be and it’s all because of her parents.

Thanks for listening! Our program today was produced by Lupe Espinoza, Keiry Molina, Elizabeth Rosa, and Franky Morales. Our creative directors for this episode are Anabell Cho, Karla Baires, Ha Bin Lee, and Annicka Tiu. Our production managers and marketing directors are Yerim Hwang, Jonathan Sims, Deysi Atenco, Jason Sims and Luz Cruz. I’m executive producer, Andres Reconco. Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @The Four–O-Eight and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. We’d like to thank Kevin McLeod from incompetech.com for allowing us to use the song “Carpe Diem” and “There is Romance” for this episode. Tune in next month for another episode of “The Four-O-Eight”.

Episode 8: Horror Stories

Hola, dear listeners,

This is the first episode of season 2 of The Four-O-Eight! How crazy is that?! We're very excited about this!

Since we’re so close to Halloween we decided that it would be fitting to look at situations that have the potential to be terrifying to us and how we go about dealing with said situations. You will hear an interview with the newest members of our LAHSA family, Mr. Matthew Muranaga, in which he discusses his love and appreciation for horror stories. Our second story is about what it's like to be an undocumented student right before high school graduation. Our third story is about a young woman who has had a close relationship with this supernatural world that most of us fear so greatly. In our final story we hear about a woman who could have been the victim of a demonic possession.

Our program today was produced by Tabina Mahtab, Keiry Molina, Elizabeth Rosa, and Franky Morales. Our creative directors for this episode are Karla Baires, Ha Bin Lee, Annicka Tiu and Brec Hipolito. Our production managers and marketing directors are Yerim Hwang, Jonathan Sims, Deysi Atenco, Sarah Bong and Se Mi Han. I’m executive producer, Andres Reconco. Please follow us on Twitter and 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”.

-The Four-O-Eight Staff

Episode 6: The Power of Perceptions

Dear Listener,

This month's episode is about the forces that shape our perceptions of everything around us and, often, our perceptions of ourselves. You’ll hear from a professional actor who discusses the role Hollywood has on shaping our perception of talent. You’ll also hear a story about a young man whose been influenced by his appreciation for Kanye West’s talent and a story about how a young woman’s search for love taught her the extent to which our perceptions of ourselves shape the way we interact with people.

Prologue

Is it strange to run into teachers outside of school? The answers are surprising.

Story 1

Diversity in the film industry is important. We watch a lot of television, a lot of movies, and the power of this medium to shape the way we see ourselves and the world around us is palpable. Team Mosaic explores the power of the film industry and what we can do to help improve its diversity.

Story 2

The 24 hour news cycle is saturated by celebrity news. Sometimes we know information about a particular celebrity not because we go out in search for the information but because at some point in our daily browsing of the internet some bit of celebrity information will just appear randomly. Team Raconteur explores the impact the lives of celebrities have on our own lives.

Story 3

Dating is intimidating. Part of the difficulty might be that sometimes the whole act of dating calls for a shift in behavior, a shift in persona. Team Legacy explores the consequences of wanting someone to like us for who we are while actively choosing what we reveal about ourselves and what we don’t.

Credits

Our program today was produced by Tabina Mahtab, Keiry Molina and Anabell Cho. Our creative directors for this episode are David Calvo, Annicka Tiu, Guadalupe Espinoza and Whitney Gonzalez. Our production managers and marketing directors are Franky Morales, Brec Hipolito, Jaqueline Flores, Kimberly Romero, Harry Ahn and Yorgy Flores. All the research was carefully put together by Kiyomi Magee, Esther Yang, Alex Fuentes and Christopher Castro. I’m executive producer, Andres Reconco. Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @The Four–O-Eight.

 

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