Play Can Performative Activism Actually Make a Difference?

Performative activism is usually defined as activism done to make yourself look good rather than because you're committed to a cause. But is performative activism always bad? True, it turns the spotlight on yourself, not the issue. On the other hand, jumping on a hashtag bandwagon could help raise awareness and lead to activism IRL.

Play When Should A School's Name Be Canceled?

What’s in a name? That’s a loaded question when it comes to the names of public schools in the U.S. Some students across the country are leading the charge to rename schools that are named after people who they think do not reflect the values they want in their school’s namesake. In this video, journalist and host, Myles Bess asks how do you decide if, when, and how to rename a school?

Play Is It Time To Abolish Unpaid Internships?

Unpaid internships can be a touchy subject for a lot of people. For some, it’s a temporary sacrifice to get one step closer to a paying job. For others, it’s just a tool some companies use to exploit people for free labor. So, the question for today is: should we abolish unpaid internships?

Play Should More Anti-Asian Violence Be Sentenced As Hate Crimes?

Since the pandemic began, violence against Asian-Americans has skyrocketed. Anti-Asian hate crimes grew nearly 150% in major U.S. cities and those numbers are probably underreported as many folks don’t report what happened to the police. We teamed up with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs to explore why it's so hard to get racist violence charged as hate crimes.

Play How Can Students Stand Up to Racism In Schools?

Whether you want to admit it or not, racism is a problem in schools across the country. Student journalists from PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs in Oakridge High School in Conroe, Texas join Myles to investigate racism in schools and different ways students can change their school culture.

Play Can Wild Animals and Humans Coexist In an Urban World?

The pandemic has created what scientists call the anthropause, which is a large slowdown in human activity. That’s allowed all sorts of wild animals to get comfortable in and around cities. As we humans keep expanding and taking up more space worldwide, sharing our cities with wild animals might be our best chance to protect them.

Play Should Teens Get Vaccinated Without Parental Consent?

There is growing momentum on Reddit and TikTok from teens who want to get vaccinated without their parents' consent. In this episode of Above the Noise, our host Myles Bess investigates this trend, as well as the history of vaccines and the movement against them. He also speaks with Kelly Danielpour, a high school senior who founded an organization that provides resources for teens to learn more.

Play Is the Stock Market Just a Complex Scam?

Remember GameStop? That was an example of the stock market NOT working the way it usually does. But how is it supposed to function? And why do people invest? Join Myles as he explores how the stock market works and why people pay money to own a teeny piece of a huge company.

Play Is It Time For You to Ditch Milk and Dairy?

Producing a lot of meat and dairy has a big effect on climate change. It can also problematic for animal welfare, our health, and food security. Learn more about the pros and cons of eating meat and dairy and follow host Myles Bess, a self-proclaimed meat lover, on his 7-day vegan journey.

Play Distance Learning Isn't All Bad....Is It?

The coronavirus is taking a toll on folks physically and mentally all around the world. As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, students are working virtually as the majority of schools nationwide are doing some form of distance learning. We teamed up with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs at Black River Falls in Wisconsin to learn how students have been dealing with online learning.

Play How (and WHY) Politicians Use Social Media

When politicians use social media, are they forming real connections with young people who might vote for them...or are they just being awkward? Myles Bess talks to future voters to find out.

Play Should We Fight Wildfires with... More Fire?

Living with catastrophic wildfires has become an unfortunate reality for much of the world. And climate change has made the fire season longer and more intense. Deliberately setting “good fires,” could help prevent future fires by clearing away unwanted brush and debris. But organizing controlled burns is a lot of work, and it has its risks, too.

Play Do the Crime, Do the Time…and Lose Your Vote?

If you’re a citizen and at least 18, you can vote in elections, right? Well, no. If you’ve been convicted of a crime, it’s possible that you could have that right taken away. It’s called felony disenfranchisement. This episode explores the debate over whether or not a felony conviction should cancel your right to vote.

Play Is It Too Hard to Vote in the U.S.?

Americans face many obstacles when it comes to voting and it reflects in our voter turnout numbers. The process of getting registered and getting to the polls isn’t the same for everyone and depending on where you are it can make voting really hard and these hurdles can discourage people from voting all together. So...is voting too hard in the U.S?

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