Episode 4: "We've Got the Power"

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In the final chapter (for now) of the story behind the historical collaboration that gave birth to the musical arm of the gun violence prevention movement, Parkland students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Pena draft lyrics to their March for Our Lives anthem: “Shine.” Together with record producer Kevin Salem, three other seniors put to music “Valentine’s Day,” a haunting ballad that chronicles the day of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. And in “We Need,” Jorgie and the Parkland singers tell us, “We need prayers to turn into policy. We need action more than an apology…” Sheehy and Peter Yarrow discuss how the music -- and this story -- becomes even more important with news of a wave of suicides among Parkland survivors and a Newtown parent.

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Episode 3: “Transparent”

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Student survivors of the Parkland school shooting always have to be on guard.  Something terrible could happen again, any time, anywhere. Keith Secola, father of Native Americana music, uses his power to coax people out fear and isolation in helping the painfully shy sophomore, Kendal Rivera,  blossom from singing only in the shower to finding his gifts as a lyricist and vocalist. Lu Aya, poet activist, helps Kendal learn to channel the pain he’s swallowed into the beautiful words of “Transparent” and “Watering Can Full of Tears.”

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Episode 2: "Wake Up, America"

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Parkland students are workshopping a song, “Wake Up America,”  when, from the corner, a shy boy -- face curtained in curls -- explodes in a burst of poetry: “Cycles of violence, it all seems so mindless. Halls ring of gunshots and then they go silent. Darkness before us, children are dying, but we won’t be quiet: our voices are rising.” Two days of songwriting gave Jorgie Garrido back the power he lost during the shooting.

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Episode 1: “Song for the Silenced”

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Imagine sitting in your high school classroom on Valentine’s Day, when suddenly you hear gunshots on the floor above you in your younger sibling’s classroom. How powerless would you feel? Sam Zeif pleaded with President Trump, face to face, a week after the Parkland, Florida massacre of 14 of his classmates. He felt the President showed no empathy. Months later, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary called a dozen activist songwriters to help him mentor the musical students of Parkland to speak their hearts in songs of power and protest. “Song for the Silenced” calls up the souls of classmates who missed the chance to grow up.