Stories from Deep in the Heart Houston Area Program Events

Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event
Event Date: 
Tue Nov 7, 2017 (All day)


Public Invited to a Listening Party at Hogg Middle School Auditorium on Tuesday November 7, 2017 at 10:30am

On-air discussion about youth media and folklore on “Nuestra Palabra” hosted by Tony Diaz on KPFT 90.1FM on Tuesday November 7, 2017 at 6:30pm

Texas Folklife will be releasing three youth-produced radio documentaries as part of its media education program, Stories from Deep in the Heart. The stories cover a wide range of issues selected by students at Hogg Middle School, including school culinary arts, student electronic use, and a survivor’s story of life after Hurricane Harvey. These stories will be premiered for the class on Tuesday, November 7. Afterward, they will be placed on Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and SoundCloud, where they can be picked up for later broadcast by public radio stations nationwide.

Texas Folklife has been planning a radio education pilot program in Houston since 2016 as an expansion of its radio education classes in Austin. With the help of Linda Ho Peché, an independent scholar of folklore and oral history, Texas Folklife partnered with Hogg Middle School to offer an elective in podcast production. Students researched a podcast subject of their choice, performed fieldwork over the weekend, then wrote and recorded narration for the class during the second week. The podcasts were produced and finishing touches were added under the guidance of Stories director Brian Griffith.

The stories will be released at a public listening party at the Hogg Middle School Auditorium, located at 1100 Merrill St, Houston, TX 77009, at 10:30am.

Texas Folklife will also be part of an on-air discussion about youth media and folklore on “Nuestra Palabra” hosted by Tony Diaz on KPFT 90.1FM on Tuesday November 7, 2017 at 6:30pm

The audio stories by Hogg Middle School students will be made available on Texas Folklife’s Soundcloud page: and Public Radio Exchange channel:

About the Program:

“Stories from Deep in the Heart” is an award-winning in depth folklore and audio documentary training public high public school students, teachers, and community members across Texas.  Participants create short, broadcast quality audio documentaries on the stories, folklore, arts and traditions of their families and communities. Participants are teachers and students from schools identified by Texas public school districts as undergoing critical population changes, schools with a high percentage of at-risk youth, and schools that have pressing need of cultural diversity training.  

The “Stories from Deep in the Heart” Houston pilot project is supported in part through grants from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art; and generous support from KPFT 90.1FM Pacifica and Hogg Middle School. 

“Stories from Deep in the Heart” Program Information:
Program Director Brian Griffith