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An audio project from VICE and young people across the borough

VENT, a collaboration between VICE and the young people of Brent, is an audio project designed to explore the multitude of issues affecting youth today. Across a number of podcast series, our team of young Brent locals will document their perspective across topics like politics and identity, love and dating, crime, culture, the environment and beyond.

VENT will share the formative experiences of young people currently living in the borough, sending them across Brent, the capital and beyond. Working with the VICE media platform, creative young people from across the borough will develop 100 new podcasts addressing themes of justice, youth culture, current affairs and politics in Brent.

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COVID-19 was created in a Chinese laboratory by scientists gone rogue. Its spread was planned by the government. Its symptoms are actually reactions to 5G phone-mast radiation. Don’t believe any of those theories? Don’t worry. There’ll be another along in a minute – and we’re here to check the facts.

The 98 young people who make up Brent’s Blueprint Collective are teaming up with VICE to investigate and interrogate the latest coronavirus conspiracies on a new podcast series. Hosted by VENT Weekly presenter Amelia and created especially for the Unlocked programme, COVID-19 Fact Checkers will invite experts and fellow Collective members to sift fact from fiction and reality from rumour – at a time when finding and trusting the truth has rarely felt more essential.

This forms part of Brent 2020 Unlocked.


Across four series, young people from Brent bring you documentaries about politics, identity, love, relationships, culture, crime and justice. For our first series, we're talking about identity.

Listen to the trailer here and read about the first two episode below.

VENT Weekly

Each Wednesday, our hosts get to the bottom of issues they care about - from white saviours to lip fillers to the UK prison system - by sitting down with journalists or experts and asking questions we haven’t even thought of yet.

Listen to the trailer here.

Episodes Released So Far:

  • Episode 1 (Wed 8 Jan): a discussion on young people's access to public space.
  • Episode 2 (Wed 15 Jan): an exploration of lip fillers being offered to children in the UK without ID.
  • Episode 3 (Wed 22 Jan): VICE UK journalists discuss their investigation into the dark side of Snapchat and whose responsibility it is to monitor illegal online activity.
  • Episode 4 (Wed 29 Jan): we define different types of stalking, ask how to recognise it & discuss what happens when it's not taken seriously.
  • BONUS (Fri 31 Jan): Political Journalist Marie Le Conta talks about who Boris Johnson really is, and how he got to where he is today.
  • Episode 6 (Wed 5 Feb): why did vaping get so popular? How is it marketed and who does it?
  • Episode 7 (Wed 12 Feb): Global Drugs Editor Max Daly talks about County Lines drug trafficking in the UK.
  • BONUS (Fri 14 Feb): Researcher Jess Sargeant and VICE Executive Editor Zing Tsjeng discuss same-sex marriage and devolution.
  • Episode 9 (Wed 19 Feb): VICE Managing Editor Dipo Faloyin and Samora, VICE digital researcher, discuss VAR (Video Assistant Referee) and whether it's improved football since its introduction in 2018.
  • Episode 10 (Wed 26 Feb): With rent often makes up over 50% of household earnings in London, this week Simon Childs and Joel Golby from VICE come in to discuss UK housing.
  • Episode 11 (Wed 4 March): The Brent 2020 team talk to Lauren O'Neill and Zing Tsjeng from VICE about Fast Fashion and ask, when did clothes become so disposable?
  • BONUS (Sun 8 March): For International Women's Day, we discuss online feminism. From slogan tshirts and tummy teas, to the #MeToo movement. How has the internet impacted feminism?
  • Episode 13 (Wed 11 March): Brent 2020 team talk to Tayo Yusuff and Chuckie Lothian about their new Noisey series platforming the stories of gangsta rappers around the world.
  • BONUS (Fri 13 March): From celebrities to gap year travellers, Comic Relief events have come under fire before for promoting white saviourism. So what exactly is a white saviour?
  • Episode 15 (Wed 18 March): New trainers get released all the time. Why have trainers become to popular and so expensive?
  • BONUS (Fri 20 March): Was it in the stars? This bonus VENT Weekly celebrates the start of the astrological new year discussing astrology, horoscopes and star signs.
  • Episode 17 (Wed 25 March): The world is feeling hard to deal with right now & most of us are feeling more anxious than normal. Recorded in the hosts' own home, we talk about mental health.
  • Episode 18 (Wed 1 April): We're still in lockdown and people are gaming now more than ever. When does a healthy pastime become an obsession?
  • Episode 19 (Wed 8 April): Maybe we can't swim, but we can sure talk about it. 2 ex-competitive swimmers talk about the barriers that stop many black women from getting involved.
  • Episode 20 (Web 15 April): Quarantine won't stop us partying! We discuss virtual raving with Club Quarantine Co-Founder and a VICE UK Researcher.
  • Episode 21: Covid-19 Fact Checkers
  • Episode 22: VENT Documentaries Introduction
  • Episode 23: (Wed 6 May): Dr Stephanie Davis and VICE Editor Zing Tsjeng talk to Brent Amelia about intersectionality - the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class.
  • Episode 24: Covid-19 Fact Checkers
  • Episode 25 (Wed 13 May): What can history teach us about the present? What happens when the history we learn leaves us out? We discuss the life of British Black Panther, Olive Morris, and the importance of archives.
  • Episode 26 (Mon 18 May): Mental Health Awareness Week: Anxiety. We discuss how you can tell the difference between every day anxious feelings and a possible anxiety disorder.
  • Episode 27 (Tue 19 May): Mental Health Awareness Week: Relationships. Today, we speak about what a healthy relationship really is and what to do if you think something's not right in your relationship.
  • Episode 28 (Wed 20 May): Mental Health Awareness Week: Parents. Why is it so hard to talk about mental health to our parents? Why are there are generational gaps in perceptions of mental health.
  • Episode 29 (Thur 21 May): Mental Health Awareness Week: Masculinity. We discuss societal expectations around men and mental health.
  • Episode 30 (Fri 22 May): Mental Health Awareness Week: Loneliness in Young People. Young people are more likely to be lonely now more than ever, but there is not much existing research on why / how to combat it.
  • Episode 31 (Sat 23 May): Mental Health Awareness Week: Care. The Blueprint Collective share snippets of their workshops discussing looking after ourselves and each other.
  • Episode 32 (Sun 24 May): Mental Health Awareness Week: Creativity.The final episode of MHA Week shares the Blueprint Collective's thoughts on mental health and creativity.
  • Episode 33 (Wed 27 May): Brands can have a lot of influence in our lives. We talk about Conscious Capitalism - what is it, and can it ever truly exist?
  • BONUS (Sun 31 May): What is success? From GCSEs to migration law, we discuss who gets to define success, and what that means for us.
  • Episode 35 (Wed 3 June): Outnumbered By White People. This is about what it’s like to have to navigate university and the world of work as a black woman.
  • Episode 36 (Wed 10 June): Part 1 - All 4 hosts have come together, alongside Linda Adey, to share how we’re feeling in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
  • Episode 37 (Thur 11 June): Part 2 - Silence is Violence. What does it mean to be priveldged? How has social media had a hand in the BLM movement?
  • Episode 38 (Wed 17 June): Who decides what's newsworthy and what's not?

With thanks to the members of the VICE Engagement Board who are guiding the project:

Jessica Mensah – Blueprint Collective
Joseph Nicholas – Community Advisor
Keshav Harivardhan – Blueprint Collective
Lauren Adeyemi – Blueprint Collective
Lucy Fine – Community Advisor
Rae Tarbox – Blueprint Collective
Savannah Mullings-Johnson – Blueprint Collective
Zeeyan Wardah Khan – Community Advisor