Why don’t I cry? Why do I seem to attract conflict? Why do I never feel “enough”? These are among the questions tackled by student podcasters in the fall AP Language and Composition course.
Each student wrote, edited, and produced his or her piece collaboratively with help from classmates. Drafts were “workshopped” and revised based on the feedback. Musical interludes were added. Then a final three-to-six-minute version was created using sophisticated computer software. The results sound professional enough to be mistaken for a nationally known podcast.
Many of the podcasts were intensely personal, perhaps inspired by the students' reading of novelist (and former NMH parent) Anne Fadiman’s essay “Under Water.” It tells of a tragic event during the writer’s adolescence.
- In “Crying Time,” Anna Martin ’18 traces the sad story of a girl who’s trained herself not to cry. No matter what. What’s it like when you process emotions in your mind rather than through your tear ducts? “Crying Time” shows you. Movingly.
- “Twinkie” by Wendy Matt ’18 is not about snack food, but about being “yellow on the outside and white on the inside,” an adopted-from-China daughter raised by a white, white-picket-fence family. She feels “not Asian enough and not white enough"; what is she enough of?
- In “The Girl with 1,000 Enemies,” Zoe Jacobs ’18 follows the paths forged by resentment and anger and tries to understand her need to find antagonists to battle with — everywhere, and all the time.