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Topics range from political, environmental, and social issues, but all episodes are designed to be educational to the teen listener. Facts and stories are backed up by sources, and hosts include experts in their discussions to add an extra layer of credibility to educational discussions.
Life skills, saving the environment, and overcoming obstacles are common topics. Themes of communication, empathy, and curiosity are present throughout. Messages are positive and tend to focus on changing the world (or yourself) for the better. When heavier topics are discussed, they're quickly reframed to encourage listeners to push through their struggles.
Positive Role Models
Teen hosts dedicate each episode to either education or life skill guidance, sometimes combining the two, and are passionate about their topic. Episodes frequently feature other teens and adults who are professionals in the topic they're discussing. Professionals include doctors, teachers, authors, and more. Listeners can hear from their peers, while the featured experts shift the topic into positive outcomes. Teens on the show often share their art (e.g., poetry or stories they've written), encouraging self-expression and creativity.
Frequent discussions about social injustice in regards to gender and race. Teen hosts openly speak about how civil rights issues affect teens specifically, where we can find places in history that were set up to see others fail. Teen hosts and adult guests vary from episode to episode, representing different genders, races, nationalities, ages. Diverse topics could be elaborated on further, so the podcast is more of a conversation starter than a master class in these topics. Both adults and teens interact with respect for one another's opinion and voice.
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Violence & Scariness
Discussions in any given episode can be intense in nature. While some episodes focus on educational topics, real-world issues like child sex-trafficking, sexual harassment, racism, sexism, eating disorders, abuse, and harassment are often discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Episodes occasionally feature discussions about relationship-based content, like dating.
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Products & Purchases
Mid-episode sponsors for nonprofit charities occur in each episode.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Express Yourself! is a podcast produced by and for teens. It features teens casually discussing world issues, using dialogue and lingo that's meant to be relatable to teen listeners. Themes of empathy, curiosity, and communication are highlighted throughout this emotional skill-building show. Topics range from pollution, health, politics, internet safety, and more. More serious real-world discussions can be heavy -- child sex-trafficking, sexual harassment, racism, sexism, eating disorders, abuse -- but are surface level only. Episodes are diverse in perspective as well as in topics, as talking through social justice and equity issues is common. Both educational and relatable, Express Yourself! could be beneficial for teens who may need guidance in social issues or who would like to hear another teen's perspective.
Is It Any Good?
This podcast is a thorough attempt at encouraging teens to be passionate and proactive about worldly issues. Topics may be too advanced or uninteresting for younger kids, but for the budding tween or teen advocate, Express Yourself! fits right in. Segments occasionally drag in energy and pace, but the authenticity of an unscripted teen opinion will grab the attention of teens and parents alike. The producers of this podcast and its parent nonprofit have made it their mission to encourage teens to speak up about issues that affect them and the world they live in. This lesson, paired with Express Yourself!'s variety of topics, makes for a hopeful future for generations to come.
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