: News

Filed Under:

Students Fight STDs Through Song

Play associated audio

By Jessica Gould

Laquesha Barnes can sum up how it feels to talk about sex in one word:

"Awkward! It was really awkward," she says.

But Barnes says it’s important for teenagers to get the facts about safe sex. That’s why, she says she’s so excited to be part of the cast of "Unprotected," a new musical produced by City At Peace and Metro Teen AIDS.

"If I can help the next person realize HIV is out here - it’s not just older people or it's not just gay people, like it's out here – then I’m willing to do it because I don’t want to see someone die from a virus," says Barnes.

Teenagers with the city's youth employment program performed in the play, which is based on their experiences.

NPR

A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen's Purity

The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.
NPR

Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."
NPR

CNN Just Found A Way To Get Carly Fiorina Onto The Debate Stage

Carly Fiorina had been fighting CNN's September debate criteria. Now, she might get her way and make it into the network's main debate.
NPR

How Startups Are Using Tech To Mitigate Workplace Bias

The idea that everyone makes automatic, subconscious associations about people is not new. But now some companies are trying to reduce the impact of such biases in the workplace.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.