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What's Happening Here

12 EpisodesProduced by Katie ShepherdWebsite

What’s Happening Here is a podcast hosted by Katie Shepherd about pivotal moments in people’s lives that define who we are and the stories we tell.

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11 Ms. Susan | The Way You Handle It

March 15th, 2017

29:35

After studying psychology, Susan moved to New York to find a job in what she called “a young person’s field" and as a result, landed a successful …

10 Mary | My Mother Told Me Not to Cry

March 1st, 2017

14:56

Mary and her family were forced to leave their home because of the civil war in their country, Sierra Leone. They spent years living in hiding in Guinea, going without education and often without food. Mary's essay …

09 Matt | The Big Man

February 15th, 2017

20:06

A few days before the annual speech day, one of the students named Matt who was selected to share his story decides to drop out. Matt's teachers, Ms. Susan and Ms. Cinzia, work together to figure out if he is merely …

08 Angie and Jonathan | Face It

February 1st, 2017

17:45

Angie and Jonathan both have something in common. Yes, they are both immigrant teenagers getting accustomed to life in America after moving from …

07 Fatime | A Matter of the Mind

January 17th, 2017

18:57

Fatime grew up in the Ivory Coast but spent most of her childhood moving from place to place because of her mother’s struggle with a mood disorder. When Fatime’s brother dies suddenly, she is forced to look after her …

06 Ms. Cinzia | The English Teacher

January 3rd, 2017

20:31

Ms. Cinzia is in her seventh year teaching 12th grade English at Manhattan International High School. Every year, she collaborates with Ms. Susan, a …

05 Zi Khai | The Rule of Threes

December 13th, 2016

19:27

When Zi Khai first moved from China to America, he and his mother lived in Kentucky to help with the family restaurant. Zi Khai was only twelve years …

04 Christopher | Because of the Money

November 29th, 2016

22:24

Growing up in The Dominican Republic, Christopher was always embarrassed by his family’s financial situation. He often felt as though people were looking down him because of all his family didn’t have. Through the …

03 Erica | Alone

November 15th, 2016

25:47

Erica is from Taiwan with dreams of one day becoming a heart surgeon. She moves to America in order to pursue her goal, but the journey quickly proves to be a lonely one. Through sharing her essay with her classmates, …

02 Sana | In Light of Compromise

November 1st, 2016

29:06

Sana is a senior at Manhattan International High School. She was born in Pakistan but left the country to live in America with her father when she …

01 What Exactly Is Happening Here

November 1st, 2016

11:17

Host Katie Shepherd shares how she ended up at Manhattan International High School and introduces the students and teachers you’ll hear in this …

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October 6th, 2016

2:53

What’s Happening Here is a new series that documents pivotal moments in people’s lives, those moments where everything changes. Each season we’ll …

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