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Hear Me Podcast

English, Social, 1 season, 17 episodes, 8 hours, 22 minutes
Raw personal stories about growing up in Britain today, as told by BBC Young Reporters. Young people share their stories in their own words, with authenticity and honesty.
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S2: Mollie

Mollie’s story is about the power music has to unite all of us, regardless of our political, social, and religious backgrounds. Music Is Mollie’s lifeblood. Living in a small town in Northern Ireland she believes that music plays a powerful role in how she, and other young people, are navigating growing-up in the post-troubles generation. Although she hopes conflict and violence are behind them, Mollie is aware of residue tensions but thinks it is music that allows people from all sides to come together. As Mollie learns from talking to her mum who lived through it, the legacy of the 1970s punk scene connected people from the different communities in Northern Ireland in the most difficult times. Now over 20 years since Good Friday Agreement, she reflects on how her generation are trying to leave the past behind and are taking the lead to move things forward both politically and creatively. In conversation with BBC Radio 1/Radio Ulster broadcaster Gemma Bradley, Mollie highlights how the music scene in Northern Ireland is breaking down barriers and providing positive experiences for young people. Mollie hopes by sharing her story she can show a side of Northern Ireland that has been overlooked because of violence and stereotypes often portrayed in the media.
5/27/202140 minutes, 20 seconds
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S2: Ramis

Ramis’ story is about mental health – his personal experiences and why he thinks it isn’t talked about in the Asian community enough. After his Dad died, Ramis struggled to manage his grief and found it difficult to talk about within his Asian community. When it came to expressing the issues he was facing he found there was a stigma about talking about mental health, particularly amongst boys and men that enhanced his anxiety and depression. Ramis wants to share the story of his continuous mental health journey and challenge traditional views of being a man. In conversation with his cousin and BBC Asian Network broadcaster Mim Shaikh, Ramis highlights how he hopes the Asian community can change the long-standing silence and encourage people to talk about their mental well being more.
5/10/202137 minutes, 27 seconds
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Lockdown: Viral voice notes - Part 2

As the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic continues we revisit Millie, Haleem, Sophie, Deen and Ollie to reflect on their personal circumstances and how the unprecedented year will uniquely shape the rest of their lives. For the 12 months, these young people have been recording their lives during a time that will become a defining part of their generation.
3/19/202146 minutes, 8 seconds
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S2: Summer

Summer’s story is about having a parent in prison. Summer felt like her life was pretty normal, until one day following a knock on the door by police, her Dad was sent to prison. Having been particularly close to her Dad and no understanding of the criminal justice system except from TV shows she didn’t know what this would now mean for her and her family. Summer had to face not only the huge loss of no longer having her Dad at home but also learn to navigate a system which seemed to be lacking support for young people. Summer wants to share her story to show the impact the prison service has on the children of prisoners, and she hopes also to help alleviate the stigma attached to her family’s circumstance.
2/12/202143 minutes, 42 seconds
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S2: Glory

Glory’s story is about seeking asylum in a country she has lived in over half her life. As an asylum seeker, Glory thought that her life had taken a turn for the better when she and her family arrived in the UK, but over time she felt had to keep a part of her identity hidden for fear of not being able to trust anyone, and potentially being sent back to Nigeria. Since she was seven Glory has lived her life with no official status and finding herself grappling with the feeling of not only not belonging, but also being stigmatised and perceived as undeserving of living in a safer environment – the country she now calls home. Glory has spent years living with this secret but now she wants to share her story and have more open conversations about the experiences of young people who face immigration.
2/5/202130 minutes, 20 seconds
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S2: Bella

Bella’s story is about caring for a parent with a mental illness. Bella’s mum has suffered from mental health issues for most of Bella’s life, and in recent years diagnosed as bipolar - a condition in which the person experiences extreme highs and the lowest of lows. Bella’s role in her mum’s life has seen her shoulder many responsibilities and become someone whom her mum has really depended on, at times as a matter of life or death, and often leaving Bella wondering if she would ever be able to go to university and start to live her own life. After making the decision to not only care for her mum but embark on her own life journey, Bella wants to share her experience as a young carer of someone with a mental illness and highlight the lack of support for young people like her and the impact of this.
1/29/202134 minutes, 27 seconds
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S2: Trinity

Trinity’s story is about how a year she thought she had all mapped out and had been preparing for since starting secondary school was dramatically changed by the Coronavirus pandemic, and how she has learned from this experience to tackle challenges ahead. Trinity was part of ‘Class of 2020’ and along with a few fellow year 11 students started recording with BBC Radio Surrey presenter Lesley McCabe to document their final year of school. It ended up with a finale that no-one anticipated. After five years of secondary school, five years of sitting at a desk, five years of friendship and smiles and tears – the last five months of Trinity’s school life were taken away. No exams. No school prom, last day shirt-signing or emotional leavers’ assembly. No closure, no goodbye. But, as Trinity has subsequently come to realise, even though we find ourselves in uncertain times, life is inherently unpredictable and plans change and perhaps we can learn from the unprecedented year to walk the path ahead with more perspective and confidence. This podcast was made in collaboration with BBC Radio Surrey.
1/22/202133 minutes, 28 seconds
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S2: Saskia and Our Streets Now

Saskia’s story is about sexual harassment, something she has experienced since she was 11 years old. Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature and it can happen to men, women and people of any gender or sexual orientation, and can be carried out by anyone of the same sex, opposite sex or of any gender identity. As she’s got older, Saskia has come to believes that the root of the problem is because of stereotypical views towards gender and she thinks we need to change the thinking around sexual harassment which has been engrained into society for generations in order to make positive change. Through sharing her experiences and speaking with Maya Tutton, founder of the ‘Our Streets Now’ campaign, Saskia wants to highlight this issue and its impact on people. As broadcast on BBC Three Counties Radio.
1/15/202134 minutes, 7 seconds
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S2: Ollie

HEAR ME is a BBC Young Reporter podcast, which explores what identity means for young people growing up in the UK today. Ollie’s story is about being Roma – a culture filled with a rich tradition and strong family values, yet often portrayed in negative ways and have face discrimination and persecution for centuries. Ollie wants to use his voice to challenge these perceptions and help his people have their stories heard. Ollie was born into two cultures and as he grew closer to the Roma side of the family, he has spent most of his life balancing the pride that comes with being Roma with the fear of how he will be perceived not just by society, but by those closest to him. Confused about his identity, and needing answers to why these misconceptions exist, through conversations with family and friends Ollie aims to amplify his voice so others in his community can feel confident to do the same.
1/8/202134 minutes, 13 seconds
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Me and my disability

Millie explores her own identity and speaks to Rhys and Fran about their experiences of being disabled young people to mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act. Millie was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic condition which affects her lungs and pancreas. Before the coronavirus pandemic, she had not considered herself to be ‘disabled’ but when the UK went into lockdown she was defined as 'vulnerable' and advised to shield. This experience has led to her understanding that although she may not see herself as disabled, others do. This episode considers how society views disabled people, and how disabled people view society today.
11/8/202029 minutes, 3 seconds
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Lockdown: Viral voice notes - Part 1

Over the course of lockdown Millie, Haleem, Sophie, Deen and Ollie have been reflecting over their personal circumstances and where they fit in this pandemic and how this year will shape them in the years to come. For nine months, these young people have been recording their lives during a time that will become a defining part of their generation.
11/6/202027 minutes, 54 seconds
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S1: Phoebe

HEAR ME is a BBC Young Reporter's podcast, which explores what identity means for young people growing up Britain today. Phoebe’s story is about how the place doesn’t make home, but the people do. In Phoebe’s life she has been to nine schools, moved to ten different houses, and has lived in three countries and eight different towns. This is because Phoebe’s Dad is in the Military and this means they have to move quite a lot. Phoebe feels like she doesn’t really come from anywhere or belong anywhere. But luckily for Phoebe she has a constant to help her through all the change, her rock – her best friend. Despite moving further and further away each time, Phoebe and Kat have remained the closest of friends, and have a deep impact on each other’s life regardless of the distance between them.
7/19/201917 minutes, 37 seconds
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S1: Emma

Emma’s story is a story of a teenager and her dad accepting their differences. Her dad is Batman and that’s what makes him happy. He’s okay with himself and so Emma thinks maybe we should all learn to be too. This a coming of age story, of a teenage girl and a 50-year-old year old man. It's the struggle every girl has with accepting that her dad might be weird but he's still wonderful.
7/12/201925 minutes, 52 seconds
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S1: Ahmed

HEAR ME is a BBC Young Reporter's podcast, which explores what identity means for young people growing up Britain today. Ahmed's story is about being a child of the diaspora – a product of a displaced family due to civil war in Somalia. Ahmed was born in the Netherlands to Somali parents and grew up in the UK from a very young age. Ahmed wants to consider two questions; where does he belong and whether or not he has a duty to one day return to Somalia. Through the experiences of young Somalis in his home of Leicester, he hopes he will find himself more comfortable with his identity by the end his journey to seek answers.
7/5/201929 minutes, 33 seconds
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S1: Kieran

HEAR ME is a BBC Young Reporter's podcast, which explores what identity means for young people growing up Britain today. Kieran's story is about becoming a Teenage Drag Queen. Kieran has always had a love of performing, and through his Drag Persona - Miss Luna - he has not only found a new act, but a community in which he can be free to express himself. Together, Kieran and Luna are championing the LGBT community but also breaking down perceptions that you don’t have to be gay to do drag.
6/28/201918 minutes, 28 seconds
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S1: Anisha

HEAR ME is a BBC Young Reporter's podcast, which explores what identity means for young people growing up Britain today. Anisha's story is about how her family has shaped her identity, but how being in care has allowed her to explore it. Anisha grew up in a strong valued Sikh household until the age of 12 where she was placed in care. She believes that care has been a positive in her life and through her new family, she has found the strength to be true to herself.
6/21/201919 minutes, 23 seconds
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Welcome to Hear Me - A BBC Young Reporter Podcast

Welcome to Hear Me - A BBC Young Reporter Podcast
6/14/201925 seconds