October 28, 2022

Kids These Days

We hear from kids who are dealing with some of the country’s most contentious debates. Debates that are supposedly about them.

An illustration of a child with adult figures on either side of him. There are many speech bubbles coming from the adults, covering up parts of the kid's face.

Keith Negley

Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.

Act One

This Is Not a Drill

After every school shooting a political debate reemerges about guns. Meanwhile, kids keep going to school. We hear what they talk about when the threats are not theoretical. (19 minutes)

Act Two

Finn Raises His Hand

A super-heated adult debate about trans kids lands in the life of an Alabama teenager named Finn. Producer Alix Spiegel spends time with Finn as he starts high school and the new state laws enter the picture. (23 minutes)

Original music for this story by Christina Courtin and Michael LaValle.