Created by teens for our community
HoCoCast began as a Howard County Library System Innovation Grant proposal to provide connected learning opportunities for teens to learn from adults and other teens while creating content for the library and the community.
Listeners of HoCoCast will discover an eclectic and engaging mix of interviews with community leaders and influencers; conversations about current topics; book, movie and media recommendations; and a fresh perspective on topics of interest to our teen podcasters.
HoCoCast produces a new episode six times a year in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Based on their interests and ideas, our teen podcasters decide what topics, interviews, and issues they want to cover in each episode within our editorial guidelines.
In this episode, HoCoCast looks back on two years of episodes that have brought you local Howard County happenings through engaging interviews and insightful book reviews. Over the past two years, interviews of local leaders, conducted by our teen podcasters, Abby, Baz, Daniel, Emerson, Olivia, and Ronan, have enlightened and entertained our community. Listen to several of the influential interview clips covering a wide range of topics from local paranormal activity (1:15) to the importance of resilience (4:30) to how to be an ally for the Black Lives Matter movement (6:56) to dealing with procrastination (8:54) to best practices for hedgehog care (13:49) and to telling your story as a way to work toward equity and justice in Howard County (16:00). Often HoCoCast features segments on fascinating subjects – this episode samples our segments that covered the history of the horror genre (18:21); discovered teen mental health resources (19:54); uncovered the origins of LGBTQ+ literature (20:47); investigated the beginnings of the St. Valentine’s Day holiday (21:25); shed light on teen sexual health (22:31); and researched why dogs are so happy (23:13).
Of course, a library sponsored podcast would not be complete without book reviews and recommendations. Listen to some of our favorite titles (24:34) and be inspired to find your next book (or movie, or tv show, or manga).
Learn how to participate in the library’s upcoming Fall Reading Challenge (33:33) and how to join our podcasting team (34:12).
For more on our featured guests, check out their entire interviews:
- Rissa Miller, Ghost Tour Operator, Teen Takeover of HiJinx Episode 28
- Chiara D’Amore, Founder and Executive Director for The Community Ecology Institute, Episode 2: Connecting the Community While Isolated
- Candace Dodson-Reed, Chief of Staff and Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Episode 4: Revolution
- Amanda Ganoe, Grassroots Crisis Intervention, Episode 5: Hope and Halloween
- Jen Smith, Hedgehog Welfare Society, Episode 8: Meows, Barks and Books
- Tonya Aikens, CEO and President of Howard County Library System, Episode 9: Share Your Story
Listen to the entire HoCoCast segment:
Horror Genre Overview, Teen Takeover of HiJinx Episode 28
Bureau of Behavioral Health services for Teen Mental Health, Episode 5: Hope and Halloween
LGBTQ Genre Overview, Episode 3: Pride
St. Valentines’ Day history, Episode 7: Love & Literature
Teen Health Matters, Sexual Health Episode 7: Love & Literature
Dog Happiness, Episode 8: Meows, Barks and Books
Parasyte: The Maxim written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Contact advisor, Lori Conforti [email protected]
Find out more: https://youtu.be/tCin0_qQEJ0
Transcript of Episode: https://bit.ly/3jP1ZpE
The HoCoCast crew interviews the library’s President and CEO, Tonya Aikens about Brave Voices, Brave Choices, an initiative which harnesses the power of storytelling and invites community members to share and reflect on personal experiences related to racism and discrimination. The episode then delves into the good, the bad, and the ugly of movie and tv adaptations of favorite stories. Listen for several recommendations of great adaptations and decide for yourself if the movie is as good as the book.
Interview with Tonya Aikens, President and CEO of Howard County Library System:
Brave Voices, Brave Choices: hclibrary.org/brave-voices-brave-choices/
Brave Resources: http://hclibrary.org/brave-voices-brave-choices/brave-resources/
Contribute YOUR story: https://app.spryng.io/receptacle/addressing-racism-in-howard-county/key/LTE6OmFkZHJlc3NpbmctcmFjaXNtLWluLWhvd2FyZC1jb3VudHk___?fbclid=IwAR28a52B16Tu4tGJtO_ORbjMYCXChqmNqzKT5DQmaIgsl9_SnSINXWLoOpA
Racial Equity Alliance: http://hclibrary.org/brave-voices-brave-choices/racial-equity-alliance/
Sign Up for Summer Reading:
Learn about the library’s summer reading program:
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman: https://polaris.hclibrary.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.3&pos=3&cn=965995
Yona of the Dawn manga: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/988377960
Yona of the Dawn anime: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/950894291
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1107871674
Transcript of Episode:
Join the HoCoCast Crew as they dedicate this podcast episode to their purr-fect pets! The team interviews local expert, Jennifer Smith, from the Hedgehog Welfare Society(0:37); explores why dogs are always so happy (24:09); learns how pets help our mental well being (27:22); shares their book reviews (29:53); and engages in a paws-itively interesting discussion of their pets (36:45).
Interview Segment Links:
Why are Dogs so Heckin’ Happy? Sources:
Teen Health Matters Segment:
Review Segment Links:
Love and Literature are in the air! Listen to Episode 8 of HoCoCast for a discussion of favorite Valentine’s celebrations, tropes, and candy (0:30); a dive into the origin myths of the Valentine’s holiday (23:30); reviews of our favorite love-themed books and more (26:00); and an educational overview teen sexual health (30:25).
Links & Resources discussed in Episode 8:
- Romeo x Juliet, anime
- Romeo & Juliet, Baz Luhrmann
- Romeo and Juliet
- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Valentine History Segment References:
Book Review Segment Links:
- Cinema Therapy
- Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
- Crush by Richard Siken
Safe Love Segment Resources from Teen Health Matters:
Connect with the Howard County Health Department for STI/STD testing:
- Call 410-313-7500
- Clinical Service visit can be scheduled (Monday & Tuesdays)
- Telehealth Options are available
For additional questions or information, please contact us at [email protected]
The HoCoCast Team turns the page on 2020 by discussing their hopes for 2021; their positive take-aways from a difficult year; and what tv shows and books have helped get them through it (0:24). Next, we hear from Kirsten Minor, Community Health Educator with Teen Health Matters, as she provides important information on the connection between vaping and mental health, and offers support through the virtual Tobacco Awareness Program for Teens and cessation-support resources (23:15). And finally, Abby, Baz, Emerson, Olivia, and a few special guests, provide their best books (and more) that were important reads for 2020 (35:00).
Teen Health Matters Resources
If you are looking for healthy ways to cope with stress, anxiety, or any other mental health condition during this challenging pandemic, please check out our Teen Health Matters site which is specifically for teens to connect and learn more about health and resources. If you are in a crisis, please call the Grassroots Crisis Hotline at 410-531-6677, or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741 741.
Need Help Quitting? The Health Department offers a free educational course for youth about the dangers of ESDs and strategies for quitting. Call 410-313-6292 or click here for more information.
HoCoCast Worst Year, Best Books
Check out all the recommended books, tv shows, movies, music and more: https://bit.ly/3nzSFac
Click for PDF Transcript of Episode 6
Episode 5: Hope and Halloween tackles tough and timely topics. Featured guest, Amanda Ganoe, Suicide Prevention Counselor with Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, shares ways to build your quaran-team; tips to deal with procrastination; how to build self-care into our schedules and other helpful mental health resources (0:55). We also hear from Leah Bulka, Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator with Teen Health Matters, another local resource for dealing with tough topics (22:40). Our podcast team then delves into the season by discussing the scary movie tropes, debating which are the best Halloween candies, decorating for the season, designing costumes, and rearranging their plans to celebrate this year (23:45). The episode concludes with a round-up of spooky stories, movies, and more to help you get in the spirit (52:19).
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
24-Hour Crisis Hotline 410-531-6677
There Is Hope App (a “counselor in your pocket”) https://grassrootscrisis.org/services/there-is-hope-app/
Teen Health Matters
Tough Topics book list
Dracula, Bram Stoker
Parasyte: The Maxim, created by Hitoshi Iwaaki
Transcript: Episode 5 Transcript
The HoCoCast team of Baz, Emerson, and Olivia center this episode around the theme of revolution. First, the team introduces a new conversation segment where they discuss their take on the upcoming virtual school year. Next, Baz, Emerson and Olivia share their favorite inspirational quotes before conducting an interview with local changemaker and fellow podcaster, Ms. Candace Dodson-Reed. This interview covers a wide range of topics including the founding of Howard County’s African American Community Roundtable and how students can be allies, supporters, and changemakers themselves for issues they are passionate about. Lastly, Baz, Emerson, and Olivia share their revolutionary book recommendations.
Candace Dodson-Reed Interview Resources
Book Recommendations from the Interview:
Podcast Recommendations from the interview:
John Lewis’ Op-Ed published upon his death
President Obama’s Eulogy of John Lewis
HoCoCast’s Revolutionary Book & TV Recommendations:
Transcript of Episode 4
The HoCoCast team of Baz, Daniel, Emmy, and Olivia, celebrate Pride Month! From publicizing local resources to national events to delving into LGBTQ+ fiction and to providing book reviews, they have a lot to share. You can also find out how to participate in the library’s summer reading program.
Plus, listen to the recent Elevate Maryland Podcast to hear HoCoCast team member Olivia participate in a panel discussion with other youth activists from HoCo for Justice (suggested titles and resources to begin or continue your anti-racism journey).
Links from the show:
HCLS Book Lists:
The HoCoCast team of Baz, Daniel, Emmy, and Olivia, focus on the environment in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22). Joining them in this episode is local environmentalist, Chiara D’Amore. Ms. D’Amore, a graduate of Wilde Lake High School, is the founder of the Community Ecology Institute and of the Columbia Families in Nature and Roots & Wings Learning Community programs. In our wide-ranging discussion we learn about civic ecology, permaculture design, and how to build resilience in times of crisis. The episode continues with the HoCoCast team sharing their thoughts on the current global crisis and sharing their favorite science fiction and environmentally themed books. Finally, to celebrate National Poetry Month, the HoCoCast team concludes the episode by issuing a writing challenge to our listeners.
Chiara D’Amore: https://chiaradamore.com
Community Ecology Institute: https://www.communityecologyinstitute.org
Origin by Dan Brown
Mama’s Last Hug by Frans de Waal
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
The Second Coming of Walter Clements by Raymond Terry
Recommended by Chiara D’Amore:
The HoCoCast team, Baz, Daniel, Emmy, and Olivia ,have returned to focus on important happenings through the ages. Joining them this episode is local Howard High School student, Addie Skillman. Addie won first place at the 2019 National History Day competition for her Junior Individual Performance about the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia. This episode also features an interview with Orlando Goncalves and Alfred Striano (both former Oakland Mills High School students) and winners of the Horizon Foundation’s 2019 Changemaker Challenge. The episode concludes with the HoCoCast team sharing their favorite history and historical fiction book recommendations.
Addie Skillman’s winning NHD performance: https://youtu.be/2L5D2nq7VqE
Maryland Humanities National History Day Resources: https://www.mdhumanities.org/programs/maryland-history-day/
Hairspray, local production by Glenelg High School (March 26-28 at 7 p.m. Cost: $10): https://hcpss.booktix.com/
Horizon Foundation’s Changemaker Challenge:
HoCoCast Historical Fiction Book Recommendations:
Interviews with Local Leaders & Influencers
- Chiara D’Amore, Founder and Executive Director for The Community Ecology Institute at Freetown Farm (Episode 2)
- Candace Dodson-Reed, Chief of Staff and Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) (Episode 4)
- Amanda Ganoe, Suicide Prevention Counselor with Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center (Episode 5)
- Jennifer Smith, Hedgehog Welfare Society (Episode 8)
- Tonya Aikens, President and CEO of Howard County Library System (Episode 9)
Special thanks to Howard County Library System for sponsoring HoCoCast.
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