Radio 101

We are a platform for young voices in our community to explore issues that they are passionate about. From personal reflections to topics of national relevance, Radio 101 provides high school students with the tools to turn their ideas into feature stories. Part of WFDD’s Hive, the Radio 101 program allows students to interact with professional journalists, experts from across the country (and the world), and collaborate with each other as they explore and learn about the world around them.

Every semester, a new cohort of students joins the Radio 101 class through our after-school program, and since 2017, Radio 101 has been offered at R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, NC, as a for-credit Honors-level class. The stories the students produce air on Mondays during Morning Edition and All Things considered.

We’re always looking for students interested in joining our next Radio 101 class. If that sounds like someone you know, register here.

  • Jessica Shafer
    8:31am Jan 16, 2021
    Arts & Music Arts & Music

    "Honesty," A Storytelling Project

    During the Fall 2020 semester, students in the Music Production class at Weaver Academy in Greensboro were asked to compose an original song under the prompt "The Culture of Self." They then interv

  • Sam and his mom
    Samuel Woo
    7:46pm Feb 21, 2020
    Human Interest Human Interest

    A New Me

    The concept of mortality can be hard to grasp for children, especially young ones. On this Radio 101 story, student Samuel Woo explores how to move on with his life after a major loss rocks his world.

  • 4:04pm Feb 07, 2020
    Race Race Youth Education

    School, Interrupted Part 4: What It's Like For Us Every Day

    Our special Radio 101 series, "School, Interrupted," brings you stories about what gets in the way of a good learning environment. We finish the series addressing one of the biggest issues schools face everywhere: racial inequality.

  • 7:16pm Jan 26, 2020
    Youth Youth Education Gender

    School, Interrupted Part 3: 'Til It Happens To You

    Talking about sexual assault at schools is uncomfortable. It can be much more so for teenagers. However, not talking about it, doesn’t make it go away. Just in 2018, there were 70 incidents reported in North Carolina alone.

    On the third episode of our Radio 101 series, School, Interrupted, youth reporters Leah Fisher, Ian Doss and Trey Shore look into the culture that allows acts of sexual misconduct to go unchecked in our schools.

  • 3:20pm Jan 16, 2020
    Education Education

    School, Interrupted Part 2: The Last Classroom On The Left

    Every year when school starts, students are given a copy of the parent and student handbook. This is a set of rules and guidelines aimed at creating a positive learning environment. It includes things like: what happens if you are caught smoking on school property, or if you violate the dress code, or if you are disrespectful to a teacher. But school administrators have a lot of leeway interpreting those rules and deciding on the appropriate punishment for any given violation. 


    On this second installment of our Radio 101 series, School, Interrupted, we delve into one of the most common, and yet very obscure disciplinary actions used: in-school suspension. It started as a promising alternative to students missing class time. But as youth reporters Alana Eddleman and James Barnwell find out, it has quickly become an ineffective way to deal with behavioral issues.

  • 5:24pm Jan 12, 2020
    Education Education

    School, Interrupted Part 1: Duck and Cover

    Schools are safer now than they’ve been at any point in the past decade. That’s according to the latest data from U.S. Department of Education. 

    Schools across the nation have tighter reins on who has access to the classroom. More security cameras, school resource officers, and active shooter drills are also ways to keep students safe. However, the question remains: Is it enough? To answer this we went to the source. During the next couple of weeks, we’ll bring you stories produced by our Radio 101 students about what gets in the way of a good learning environment.