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Mic Drop from CBC Podcasts

Teens have a lot to say about this complicated world — are you listening? Mood-swinging, dream-chasing, rule-breaking dramas and adventures. Mic Drop, from CBC Podcasts. Follow @cbcmicdrop

Episodes

  • MIKAEEL’s a class act

    Dec 17 2020

    The class action lawsuit you’ve heard Mikaeel talk about here is La Rose et al. vs. Her Majesty the Queen. It argues these youth are already being harmed by climate change, and the federal government is violating their rights to life, liberty and security and is failing to protect essential public trust resources. The youth also allege that their government’s conduct violates their right to equality, since youth are disproportionately affected by the effects of the climate emergency. You can re...more

  • BENJI designs success

    Dec 10 2020

    Benji is passionate about graphic design and eager to help other young creators get started. He started out using Autodesk Sketchbook and also recommends trying Canva for free templates or ibisPaint for illustrations.  His business is called Certified Designs and you can find Benji on Twitter @certifiedbenji_ and on Instagram @Certified.Benji  The success of Certified Designs helps Benji support his parents and his three siblings. It also made it possible for him to participate in a trip to th...more

  • TALIA takes a stand

    Dec 03 2020

    Bullies at school target Talia because she is Jewish. It’s a painful struggle that affects her mental health, but Talia fights back in a way that makes school safer for everyone. *Warning* This episode contains descriptions of hate speech, and might be upsetting to some listeners. We advise that you find an adult to talk through any uncomfortable feelings that come up with what you hear.

  • ALEX connects the dots

    Nov 26 2020

    “It’s something you normally keep to yourself and don’t really tell anyone.” Alex has noticed there’s stigma around mental health and neurodiversity. She’s heard how some people hide their anxiety, ADHD and Dyslexia. When she receives some results of her own, she’s able to put her fears aside and connect more deeply with her friends when she discovers how common those kinds of diagnoses actually are.

  • MALIK is the door-to-door sci-fi guy

    Nov 19 2020

    12-year-old science fiction author Malik Hazell is self-published. For more information about his latest novel, Exile to Obticus, check out his Instagram @writeorflight_ 

  • SOPHIA bugs out

    Nov 12 2020

    Sophia fell in love with insects after a visit to a butterfly conservatory, where a butterfly landed on her and stayed with her. This little buddy on her shoulder opened up a whole world for Sophia. She was hooked. In kindergarten, Sophia was bringing grasshoppers, ladybugs and worms to school, to everyone’s delight. But by first grade, her classmates didn’t think it was so cool anymore. Things got a whole lot worse before they got better. In this episode, you’ll hear 11 year-old Sophia br...more

  • HANS' businesses are for the birds

    Nov 05 2020

    Falcons are amazing birds of prey but they need a lot of space to roam. Growing up in the city doesn’t make the path to keeping a falcon easy for 12-year-old Hans, but he’s working on a plan! Selling candy, shovelling snow and making his own brand of hand sanitizer is his way forward. In this episode, Hans learns several lessons about conflict, ethics, and running his own business while saving up for his future falcon. Visit @cbcmicdrop on Instagram to see photos of Hans with some of the bird...more

  • Martial arts champ GABRIELA fights sexism in sport

    Oct 29 2020

    Gabriela loves judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu but training with boys is suddenly different at age 14.

  • MARTY time travels to the 1980s

    Oct 22 2020

    When 11-year-old Marty discovered punk rock two years ago, he felt freed. School was no fun, and he was bored with trying to talk to classmates who were wrapped up in their phones and video games. Hear him talk about how exploring old school punk opened up a whole new world of art, music, lyrics and the best way to have fun with his friends. This episode was co-produced by Mike McKinlay. If you want to see Marty in action, check out Mike’s film about Marty here.

  • BELLA says “I do” at recess

    Oct 15 2020

    Relationships can be tough to figure out. So many ups and downs. Here, Bella reveals her true feelings about what it’s been like for her on that emotional rollercoaster called love. Rings and all!

  • BEN beatboxes through his parents' divorce

    Oct 08 2020

    You’ll hear Ben talk about the history of beatboxing in hip hop and some of his influences: pioneers Doug E Fresh and Rahzel.

  • ELI & ADAM hunt for food during the pandemic

    Oct 01 2020

    13-year old Eli and 11-year-old Adam are sheltering from the pandemic on the reservation with their grandparents, where they have fun learning about their ancestral traditions in the Pacific Northwest. The boys are proud members of the Umatilla, Cayuse, Nez Perce and Walla Walla Nations. While learning how to dance, sing, drum, they also try to avoid going to grocery stores. Hunting for their own food is not just about putting dinner on the table, it’s about growing up and becoming men. You ca...more

  • TANEIA brings Black Lives Matter to school

    Sep 24 2020

    10-year-old Taneia schools her teacher and makes the case to expand Black history education beyond the month of February. The book Taneia mentions is Big Dreamers: The Canadian Black History Activity Book for Kids from Bright Confetti Media. Here are some Black history presentations available to schools in Canada

  • SE2 Trailer

    Sep 21 2020

    Thanks for listening throughout the start of this crazy pandemic. Let’s stick together through the next few months as we approach school, family, friends, work and play in new ways. Stay tuned for fresh stories from bold young voices pursuing their passions in this complicated world. Mic Drop SE2 drops right here this Thursday.

  • Listen Up: KATE

    Sep 17 2020

    So ...she might not have it all planned out the way society expects, but that's just fine for Kate. The 19 year-old is now working as a mechanic, but it's her love for photography that keeps her excited about the future. Hear Kate's story about marching to the beat of your own drum. Meet Kate: @KatzKustomz *This episode is a special presentation from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador’s series LISTEN UP.* Follow the link to hear the whole series. Thanks to CBC Producer Amy Joy for bringing us Kat...more

  • BLAKE & EMMA open up about their mental health

    Sep 10 2020

    Blake & Emma each suffer from complicated mental health issues but their friendship is getting them through.

  • Between Worlds– SARAH's caught between cultures

    Sep 03 2020

    After moving from South Korea to Canada, Sarah is figuring out how to be in two worlds at the same time. 

  • Between Worlds– BEN

    Aug 27 2020

    BEN's juggling pro soccer dreams, school demands and the temptation to just party

  • Hey, hey! SE2 is coming your way!

    Aug 25 2020

    It’s true. Right here, beginning September 24th, you’ll hear a whole new series of bold new voices pursuing their passions in this complicated world.

  • Caught between her parents' worlds, EVE dreams up a world of her own

    Aug 20 2020

    Moving between mom's home and dad's home has Eve wanting to just move OUT.

  • Comfort Zone– SARA AND EMILY ditch the chat group despite their FOMO

    Aug 13 2020

    Sara and Emily were in a really toxic group chat but afraid to leave for fear of missing out.

  • Comfort Zone– GABE AND TRISTAN on sharing space from opposite corners

    Aug 06 2020

    Being a twin isn’t always easy, especially when each is dealing with very different challenges. Tristan is in a wheelchair, making school, basketball practice and social life feel extra tough sometimes. He thinks his brother Gabe has it better, but Gabe is having his own hard time with depression and anxiety. This episode was recorded in their shared rec room where Tristan plays video games and Gabe cranks up the music to dance away his stresses. Tristan also takes us on a trip to his basketball...more

  • My Way– GERRY follows his rap dreams despite his parents' wishes

    Jul 30 2020

    Gerry’s parents don’t want him to pursue his musical hobby, but he’s dedicated to his art. This sets up a difficult situation that needs a clever solution.

  • My Way– OLIVIA goes down a dangerous path

    Jul 23 2020

    Olivia struggles with her relationship with her mother and goes down a dangerous path

  • My Way– LAYLA navigates offers of drugs and alcohol at school

    Jul 16 2020

    “One puff, one puff.” Layla is surrounded by friends at school who start making choices she’s not on board with at lunchtime.

  • Balancing Act– ALIYAH on controlling her anger

    Jul 09 2020

    Parents. Chores Friends. School. They can all be frustrating, especially when hormones are playing tricks with your moods. Aliyah talks about how she’s dealing with it all and thinks about the person she’s choosing to become.

  • WHITNEY loves makeup but many cosmetics companies don't offer her shade

    Jul 02 2020

    White. White. White. White. Off-white…Whitney loves makeup but many cosmetics companies don't offer her shade. Whitney has a special message for standing up for yourself when you’re a person of colour.

  • Not Fair– AVA deals with acne anxiety

    Jun 25 2020

    Ava’s about to start high school. She’s worried her acne is going to hamper her social life there. She’s doing everything she’s supposed to and yet some people stare at her face without looking her in the eye.

  • Pride Part 2– MELISSA's 2-year update on facing homophobia at school

    Jun 23 2020

    In this special Mic Drop episode in celebration of Pride month, Melissa gives Mic Drop creator Shari Okeke an update on what life has been like since standing up for herself. New school, new friends, new attitude. Think of it as a glimpse of life from the flip side of a difficult time. **Be sure to listen to the previous episode, ‘Pride Part One’ before playing this one**

  • Pride Part 1– MELISSA confronts homophobia at school

    Jun 18 2020

    In honour of LGBT Pride Month, Mic Drop offers a Part 1 and Part 2 spanning two years in Melissa’s life as she comes out to her friends, her friends’ parents and her schoolmates. In Part 1, Melissa describes the difficulties she encounters.

  • FIONA: Making The Cut

    Jun 11 2020

    Fiona scores top grades, plays the violin and piano, and aims high to meet her parents’ expectations. She says she fits into that ‘perfect Chinese girl’ stereotype, but when the pressure to achieve becomes crippling, Fiona makes a decision to break with tradition and present a different image of herself.

  • EVANS: Who Am I?

    Jun 04 2020

    Evans’ father was deported to Nigeria when Evans was four years old. That was the last time Evans saw his dad in person. While his life hasn’t always been easy, the busy 13-year old is focused on success. Video bonus: You can take a tour of Evans’ room here.

  • This is Mic Drop (trailer)

    May 28 2020

    Get ready for Mic Drop, a space where tweens and teens share their mood-swinging, dream-chasing, rule-breaking dramas, adventures and experiences–with no adult interruptions. These are some of the voices you’ll hear starting June 4th. Subscribe now and follow us on Instagram @cbcmicdrop to get all our updates from teen across the universe. Teens have a lot to say about this complicated world– are you listening?