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March 10, 2020

We love the Los Angeles Library! 

Connectopod as guest artists at The Los Angeles Public Library North Hollywood Branch got work with a swell bunch of kids. We had four teams of two who tried their hand at recording a podcast episode. 

In our one hour workshop, we determ...

February 20, 2020

When Changing the Narrative Isn't

The Angry Kittens, (a placeholder name I gave them until they came up with their own), were having a hard time working as a team. Cesar decided his assigned leadership role was about being the king.  He, Sergio, and Ashley G were aggres...

January 15, 2020

The Character

Cesar Rosales is a natural performer. He can make the most mundane task funny. When taking individual class photos one day, Cesar didn't like how his hair looked after his recent haircut. He asked us to wait while he put his hoodie on to cover his hair. Wh...

November 29, 2019


Before the production portion of Changing the Narrative-Pacoima even officially began,  podcaster Leilah Ortega was already deep into producing her first episode. Yep...before the empanadas were even cold at our production kickoff party at The Unite Cultural Center, s...

November 22, 2019

 With our 28 eighth grade podcasters at Vaughn next Century Learning Institute, we've explored the story of Pacoima and compared it to the story often told of this community by the media: poverty, gangs, pollution. But Pacoima is not a single story.

In our first week,...

October 8, 2019

What did you do on your summer vacation? Connectopod spent the summer at one of our favorite places in all the world: the library! The Los Angeles Public Library to be specific. Through our partnership with Los Angeles Public Library's Performers Program, Connectopod o...

October 7, 2019

People tell you who you are all the time. Who do YOU say your are?

Powered again by a generous grant from the California Arts Council, Connectopod is working with youth from underrepresented neighborhoods to reimagine their own story. Growing from our experience with Ch...

April 19, 2019

Hello Everyone! My name is Ashley Martinez and I am an undergraduate student at California State University of Northridge. I am currently in the process of receiving my bachelor degrees in Psychology and Chicanx Studies in May and I'm very excited! I work on campus at...

April 18, 2019

Hello everyone! My name is Adriana Ramirez and I am a junior at CSUN. I am double majoring in Sociology and Chicana/o Studies. I work full-time at a background screening company in the criminal records department, and I also attend school full-time as well. I am still...

April 16, 2019

Hello Everyone! My name is Christian Martinez Ayala and I am a fourth year student at California State University, Northridge. I am double majoring in Spanish Language and Culture & Chicanx Studies. I am going to be a high school Spanish teacher and then strive to be a...

April 16, 2019

Hello Everyone! My name is Stephanie Barboza, I am a second year at California State University, Northridge and am Double Majoring in Marketing & Chicanx Studies. I am secretary for Dreams to Be Heard, a student organization that offers support for the undocumented stu...

April 3, 2019

Changing our Narrative 

As we near the end of this year long collaboration with the Social Justice Learning Institute, we bring you the penultimate episode of Changing the the Narrative - Art is Everywhere

 In episodes 1-4 our youth podcasters have shared ideas on...

March 26, 2019

Jonathan Zeno is a complex young man.

He enjoys theater and performing arts. In one of our classroom activities on nicknames, we learned that he is a dancer, although a knee injury kept us from seeing his moves. Zeno contributed deep, provoking and passionate ideas to...

February 27, 2019

In the nine and half minute song, the first few moments of the tune gradually introduces the listener to cinematic sounds of wood floors creaking, the roar of the sea, rain, lightning and thunder, and then the sharp cracking of a whip emerges and engulfs the soundscape...

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