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19 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
SHINE a Light on the Power of Us
Every one of us has been impacted by Covid-19 in one way or another. As we are released from the grasp that the virus had on us, returning back to a normal life may not be the way it used to be. Planet Classroom and Creative Visions have invited international youth groups around the world to submit their interpretation to the word SHINE. In this first episode of the SHINE podcast series to support this multi-media initiative a number of talented creators were asked what they want in a life post COVID19 world, and what role the arts have played during this period. Their answers might inspire you to find creativity through these difficult times. Mental health, community effort, inner-peace, and equality are only just a few of the topics that our young creators discuss. Let Orb, Planet Classroom’s virtual host, take you on a journey of self discovery and overall realization of the vast possibilities a Post-Covid world can hold for all of us.
18 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Stories That Heal Us
From growing gardens, to beating drums, and to powerful rhythmic words, we all find a way to tell our stories. Planet Classroom presents three filmmakers and their powerful masterpieces which help others learn to prevail and heal through difficult times. Drumming circles have helped Craig Norton find a musical connection with the world around him. Director JLove Calderon and film subject DJ Cavem teach young adolescents that growing fresh products is an escape from the turmoils life throws at us. And finally, expressing our emotions and cries for change through poetry is what Luke Azille captured in his BlackLivesMatter poem. We all take different paths to heal. In this episode Orb, Planet Classroom’s virtual host, takes us on a global learning journey to explore how these three stories and their creators can impact your life.
10 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Pride and Prejudice
Resilience and dedication pave the path for those willing to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. In this episode of Planet Classroom, Orb, the show’s virtual host, unites the creator of the acclaimed film, One Leg In One Leg Out (now screening on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube Channel), along with international youth voices to discuss the misconceptions about sex workers and the trans community. What happens when Iman, a transgender woman, wants to become a social worker so she can help other girls in her position stay safe and turn away from that way of life? Viewers will find themselves moved with a new open perspective on survival and what it feels like to be “different.”
15 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
What Can the World Learn from Iceland about Globalization?
What is the line between embracing globalization and maintaining individuality? Iceland is confronting that question as it is faced with global issues like trade, tourism, and climate change while also attempting to preserve its unique identity and language. In this episode on Planet Classroom, these themes of globalization are explored in relation to the film Scaling Iceland. The Director, Adam Hersko-RonaTas, and youth voices from around the world join Orb to share their perspectives on how identity can be analyzed and where the balance lies between a global nation and an individual one.
15 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
We Can Be Heroes
Becoming your own personal hero means being the positive change you want to see in your community and your world. Around the world, creators are finding innovative ways to become their own personal heroes. In this episode of Planet Classroom, the show’s virtual host, Orb, invites guests to discuss this inspiring theme using 3 films as prompts: Hero, The Boy Who Found His Voice, and The Mime, now screening on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube Channel. The creators and youth voices around the world share insights on how dance, mime, poetry, mindfulness, empathy and passion can bring us happiness and freedom.
17 minutes | May 28, 2021
Healthy People, Healthy Planet
How can horses help heal trauma? How can youth protect themselves from the risks of secondhand smoke? Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health such as clean air, safe drinking water, quality food and shelter. How are activists in Australia fighting back to protect their natural environments? Join Orb, Planet Classroom’s virtual host, as youth activists from around the world explore the impact of trauma, secondhand smoke, and global warming using 3 exceptional films: Unharnessed, Evil Nicotine, and Nature Needs You, now screening on the Planet Classroom Network.
21 minutes | May 21, 2021
Learning for Justice
Prejudice is the result of fear and ignorance as illustrated in 3 outstanding films now screening on the Planet Classroom YouTube Channel: Siroun Webcast, Through the Wall, and Swimming Upstream. Youth voices from around the world join ORB, Planet Classroom’s virtual host, to focus on the Japanese Canadian internment and struggle for redress, the Armenian Genocide and the lessons relevant now, and the Mexico-United States border wall. Audiences will find themselves immersed in the realities of people and communities that have faced racism and ethnic cleansing and continue to struggle with the aftermath. Guests suggest solutions for building bridges and inspiring positive change.
16 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Journeys to Well-Being
Mental health and well-being and the everyday obstacles that make them challenging is the theme of this Planet Classroom show. Orb, the show’s virtual host, unites the creators of 3 films now screening on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube Channel: The Mess, Addiction and Art: Spotlight on Dopamine, and Throw, along with youth voices to discuss some of the challenges of mental health, violence, poverty, and substance abuse. Audiences will get insights into overcoming adversity via coping mechanisms, including the arts and finding one’s purpose.
20 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
The Earth Day Special
18 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
The Power of Our Shared Humanity
Borders, Cultures, Heritage and Languages can make us feel far apart from one another as human beings. In this episode of Planet Classroom, we look at 4 stories that illustrate the bigger picture of what holds us together. Orb, the show’s virtual host, is joined by Director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and youth voices to discuss 3 of his films, Earthrise, Counter Mapping, and Marie’s Dictionary, as well as the themes of 5000 Miles Apart, a film produced by the Global Nomads Group. They consider how Apollo astronauts, indigenous people and students from opposite sides of the world were transformed and empowered by global learning experiences.
20 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Stories That Change Our Lives
Stories that change our lives often share universal wisdom. They help us to understand other people and their perspectives. They connect us to a better understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. In this episode of Planet Classroom, Orb introduces stories from around the world including India, Australia, Kyrgyzstan and the United States. The creators of Stephen Hawking and Me, 106 Days, The Letter, What Happened to Dujuan Armstrong?, and Winner of Peace explore themes of global leadership, migration, multiculturalism and racial bias with the voices of youth.
16 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Climate Can’t Wait
Climate change is causing increasingly disastrous effects throughout the world and threatens to undermine the future existence of every living species. Currently, measures to curb the causes of this problem are available, however, significant political will, investment, and personal change are essential. In this episode of Planet Classroom, Orb, the show’s virtual host, talks with Eric Simon, director of What to Do About Climate Disruption, and with youth from around the world about how technology, ingenuity, individual commitment and action can address the climate emergency.
16 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
2020 National Youth Poets Reflect on Poetry, Race and Well-Being
Every year, thousands of award-winning high school poets submit original works to the National Students Poet Program. If selected, they serve 1 year as youth poetry ambassadors, spreading poetry in their communities, workshops, festivals, galas and poetry conferences. In this episode of Planet Classroom, we talk with the five high school students chosen to serve 1 year as the 2020 Class of National Student Poets. It is the United States’ highest honor for youth poets presenting original work.
14 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Martha Graham Dancers Make the Transition from Live to Virtual
How are live entertainers such as dancers adapting and thriving in the virtual space? What are the challenges? What are the opportunities that technology offers? What does this mean for the future of dance? In this episode of Planet Classroom, we hear from leading dancers at the Martha Graham Dance Company as well as the Company's Artistic Director Janet Eilber. All talk about their experiences performing the iconic ballet Appalachian Spring and how they have adapted and innovated through the Covid 19 pandemic.
15 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Youth Filmmakers Reflect on Courage, Hope, and a Holocaust
The Holocaust remains one of the darkest eras in world history. To this day, millions of people, especially of the Jewish faith, are still affected by the loss, pain and suffering of the victims. However, hope and positivity help the survivors persevere through the darkness. In this episode of Planet Classroom, we talk with the youth filmmakers of Hold the Sun in Your Hands: the Erika Jacoby Story. They offer insight on how the youth of today can be part of a positive movement to break down the walls of hatred through their art. They also remind us that history can be a building block of hope.
14 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Youth Teach Youth How to Create a Story in One Page
According to global research, people's attention spans are shortening. The way we tell and write stories continues to evolve with advancements in new technologies. This offers creative talent the opportunity to innovate and find new and exciting ways to engage with an audience. In this episode of Planet Classroom, ORB, the show’s virtual host, is joined by youth authors from around the world who take on Book Creator’s Global Writing Challenge. They offer their peers top tips on modern storytelling, from selecting compelling themes to building writing frameworks that work for the real world. How will your story in just one page captivate the global audience?
14 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
We Are All Human
We are all different but we are all human. There has been increasing acceptance in many countries to LGBTQ people over the past 2 decades, but the global divide persists. 38 African countries have criminalized consensual same sex relationships. In this episode of Planet Classroom, ORB is joined by acclaimed film Director Nicky Newman, based in Cape Town, South Africa, and youth voices around the world to discuss Newman's documentary film, From the Same Soil (Courtesy of SIMA Classroom), now showing on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6YcNxfrrII. What would be the cultural, social or psychological factors that would lead to someone believing that attacking someone for whom they choose to love is acceptable? How do we teach tolerance and acceptance for LGBTQ people?
15 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Unity is Our Hope for the Future
In this inaugural podcast, Orb takes us on a journey of learning from stories that engage our imaginations and explore new ideas. Orb is joined by UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, Stefania Giannini, the music of Jim Papoulis performed by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and young adults from around the planet. Events in our world over the past year have challenged people everywhere to grow from lessons about empathy, resilience, and hope. Planet Classroom would like to thank the Young People’s Chorus of New York City for their Give Us Hope performance.
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