Bullying is a hot topic these days. In fact, 5 newspapers have published stories about bullying in the last hour, judging from my Google results.Â Until now, much of the national conversation was being carried out by the people who understood it the least: adults.Â As Council Brandon â€” one of the people featured in this week's podcast â€” put it to me:
â€œYou may be an adult and you were bullied in high school or middle school, but that was a long time ago,â€ she continued, â€œthere wasnâ€™t the media of today, the environment wasnâ€™t the same, so I think until youâ€™ve actually experienced it in this time, you canâ€™t discuss it very accurately.â€
Council Brandon and co-host Peython Echelson-RussellÂ are in high school. They know what itâ€™s like to be bullied, and to be a bully.Â Together they hosted Bullied: Teen Stories from Generation PRX, an hour-long documentary featuring stories by and about young people, across the nation and the world. Bullied was produced by Catie TalarskiÂ andÂ Connecticut Public Radio, and is presented by PRX.Â Â In this weekâ€™s podcast, I speak with Council and Peython to find out what itâ€™s like to host a documentary â€” especially when the subject is close to your heart.
Get the backstory on how this project came together on the Generation PRX website, and check out 7 other curated hour-long youth specials on the PRX website.
Our podcast, including Segment A of the documentary:
The full documentary:
Image: Council Brandon, provided by Connecticut Public Radio.