'Be Proud Of Where You Come From': An Indian-American Teen's Winning Podcast

This year's high school winner in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge tackles the complexities of her Indian-American identity.
NPR Student Podcast Challenge winner Kriti Sarav poses for a portrait while on the top balcony of her family's home in Chicago. Source: Olivia Obineme for NPR

Kriti Sarav does her best work in a narrow bedroom closet. Wedged in among plastic storage bins full of spare sheets, blankets, and pillows, the 16-year-old podcaster sits at a small desk with a microphone and headphones.

"We got really lucky because when we moved into this house, they had this desk here," Kriti says. "I like it for podcasting now — and storage, obviously."

It was in this tiny closet that Kriti recorded the podcast that won our high school grand. The story, about her struggle to embrace her Indian-American identity, was the unanimous choice among the judges.

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