undercurrents: A Progressive Radio-Magazine

There are high barriers to entry that keep young people from establishing their own credibility in broadcast initiatives, informed by perceptions of legitimacy, authority, and expertise. These ageist undertones reinforce a system of social and cultural beliefs that devalue the voices and perspectives of young people and, particularly, of young women. In response, Sienna has designed and launched undercurrents, a radio-magazine aired on Barnard Colleges broadcast, WBAR, which seeks to explore barriers to social justice through activist interviews and artful resistance. It features a variety of contributors and utilizes an array of formats. By including dialogue with students and experts, caller feedback, musical tracks, and news sound bites all centered on a monthly theme, undercurrents makes for an informative and engaging segment that seeks to promote the cultural and creative welfare of the community.