Timeout Radio

The award-winning youth radio show and podcast, Timeout Radio, covers a range of topics of interest to teens. Broadcasting from Davis, California, the show has a mix of in-depth reporting, interviews, music, and a place of the week. Inquisitive teens interested in sports, travel, and learning about the world will enjoy getting to know host Rohan and his fascinating line-up of insightful guests.

Timeout Radio was one of only 10 initiatives nationally to win a 2020 Youth Summit Pitch Contest grant from the Points of Light Foundation. The Summit virtually brought together teens from across the U.S. to reflect on and engage with challenges and opportunities presented by the new school year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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40. Hunger

There are 13 million children and teens in the United States who don’t have enough to eat. The COVID-19 pandemic put a huge burden on already-struggling families, and childhood hunger is at its highest level ever. Poor nutrition changes how young brains develop and affects learning, growth, health, and behavior. This episode is about hunger and food insecurity. Maria Segoviano tells us about how Yolo Food Bank increases food and nutrition security by connecting people with healthy, high-quality food. Then we travel to Phoenix, Arizona, where you can find the world's first food bank, one of the greenest deserts in North America, 150-year-old saguaro cactus, temperatures of 100°F over 100 days a year, franchises in four major pro sports leagues, and no daylight saving time.

39. College Football Traditions

College football with its sea of fans, raucous crowds, college bands, and adrenaline rush is a staple of higher education in the United States. Hear about unique college football traditions, starting with Pint, the tee retrieval dog for the University of California Davis football team. Pint is a third generation Davis resident and is retiring after 10 seasons of retrieving the kickoff tee. His owner, UC Davis veterinary professor Danika Bannasch, tells us about Pint's storied career and his post-retirement plans. Then we travel to Boulder, Colorado, home to University of Colorado's live mascot, Ralphie the Buffalo. Find out about Boulder's 300 miles of bikeways, the flatirons, and Chinook Winds.

38. Esports

Esports are a billion dollar industry with millions of fans. Players compete in organized video gaming with teams, practices, seasons, and tournaments. A growing phenomenon, esports are an official high school sport in the U.S. and students can earn college scholarships to play for varsity teams. Esports will be part of the 2022 Asian Games and the International Olympic Committee is talking about including them in the Olympic Games. Justin McBurney (high school physical education teacher and esports coach) and Naish Carlisle (a student on the esports team at Da Vinci High School) tell us how and why they got into esports. Then we visit the birthplace of esports, South Korea. Beyond the global music phenomenon of K-pop, South Korea is the place to go for bibimbap, bingsu, and breakdancing.

37. Aaaaaand now! Sacramento Kings' PA announcer Scott Moak!

Public Address announcers at sports events inform the audience, engage fans, cheer on the home team, and amp up the crowd. It's a fine balance since they have to do all these things while not being more memorable than the game itself. Meet Scott Moak, long-time Public Address announcer for the NBA's Sacramento Kings. Find out about the Sacramento native's journey as a kid cheering on his hometown team from Section 213 to his 20-year career as the King's PA announcer. Scott tells us about his time as a UC Davis student on the sports crew at the campus radio station, his work in child welfare helping youth in foster care, his advice to aspiring sports announcers, his experience as an NBA announcer, and what fans should expect from the Kings this season.

36. How to Be an Activist

Activist—a simple word just three syllables long—has been the subject of debate and polarization lately. Find out how the word alternately took on positive and negative connotations over the past decades. Then learn five things that you can do to become an effective activist and get people to support a cause. Meet Gloria Partida, City of Davis' first Latina mayor, who is a community activist with a long history of disability advocacy. She started the Davis Phoenix Coalition, a group that works to eliminate intolerance and prevent hate-motivated violence, and whose motto is "Rising From The Ashes Of Hate". Then visit Egypt, a cradle of civilization where the phoenix, writing, ink, and paper originated. Did you know that the 365-day 12-month calendar we use today was invented in Egypt to predict the yearly floods of the Nile?

35. ¡Viva El Mariachi!

Mariachi is a genre of Mexican folk music that dates back to the 18th century. Find out about Mariachi's rich cultural heritage, unique instruments, distinctive style of singing, and eye-catching clothing that add depth and texture to the Mexican story. Then meet Mariachi Puente, a talented group of junior high and high school musicians in Davis. Hiram and Ximena Jackson and Arianna Ramirez tell us how the group was formed and how they continue to practice and perform during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then visit Jalisco, a state in western Mexico whose motto is "Jalisco es México" (Jalisco is Mexico). Mariachi, the sombrero, tequila, birria, Mexican rodeo, ranchera music, and the Mexican hat dance all have their roots in Jalisco.

34. Pandemic of Misinformation

We are in the midst of a pandemic of misinformation. Most people have shared fake news online and didn't know that it was made up until after they shared it. People have trouble sorting through digital information, fall for viral hoaxes on social media, and have difficulty recognizing sponsored content. This problem of misinformation gets especially serious during a pandemic. Two-thirds of people who are not vaccinated believe myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. We talk to Alex Mahadevan, senior multimedia reporter for MediaWise about why we believe misinformation and how to spot misinformation and fake news online. Then we visit St. Petersburg, Florida, a city that earned its name through a coin toss and where commercial aviation got its start. St. Pete is nicknamed "The Sunshine City" and holds a Guinness World Record for logging 768 consecutive days of sunshine.

33. FC Davis' 2021 Season

Football Club Davis was established in 2017. It originally started as a men’s team, the FC Davis Lions, and launched its women’s team in 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode FC Davis owner Adam Lewin tells us about the team's 2021 season, which just like the rest of the world, was full of uncertainty. As the pandemic raged, COVID cases were still high, vaccine rates were not where we wanted them to be, sports restrictions kept changing, and we were still learning how to keep fans and players safe on the field. During an unforgettable summer FC Davis' men's team earned the #1 seed in the Golden Gate Conference and the FC Davis Lionesses played their inaugural season.

32. My Dog Ate My Homework

Do you like solving mysteries, helping animals, and science? Listen to this episode to learn about veterinary toxicology—the science of poisons and their effects on animals. Because animals can’t tell us what they’ve eaten, trying to figure out the toxin that is making them sick can be a real mystery. Dr. Bob Poppenga tells us how veterinary toxicologists put clues together to solve puzzles that protect human and animal health. The expression, "my dog ate my homework", refers to a lame excuse that a student gives for not turning in their homework. Find out if your dog can get sick from eating your homework, and why dogs should also stay away from chocolate, grapes, and raisins. Then visit Illinois—the Prairie State—home to an emerald green river, Twinkies, the tallest man ever, and Superman.

31. Science Storytelling

Stories have been used by humans through generations to pass on wisdom, culture, and knowledge. This episode is about science storytelling—a communication technique that informs and educates people about science using the power of storytelling. Science storytelling can combat the spread of misinformation, shape our perception of the world, determine how we respond to controversial issues, and make us care more about critical issues like the COVID-19 pandemic. Meet Sara ElShafie, a science storytelling coach and a biologist, who works at the intersection of science and entertainment to make science accessible and exciting for the masses. Then visit Berkeley, a small city with a big reputation. Berkeley is home to the oldest University of California campus, the element berkelium, the Free Speech Movement, and California cuisine.


Link to guest Sara ElShafie's website: https://www.sara-elshafie.com/

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The topics you cover on this show are so interesting. I learn something new each time!

Love your choice of music! My favorite part of your show is the place of the week segment.

Listening to your show right now--sounding good. Just a note to say welcome to the KDRT/DMA family, and I hope your participation brings you happiness!

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