This past winter, NPR held a podcasting contest, where they invited 5th – 12th graders from across the country to create original submissions about just about anything. The middle school winner, Sssh! Periods! is pure perfection. These girls tackle big issues as they relate to periods, like homelessness and income inequality. They also take on local stigmatization. In their own school, the subject of periods is so taboo that school officials have even taken to giving supplies such as pads and tampons a code name: marshmallows. Can you imagine the guts it took for these girls to talk openly – on a podcast, no less – about a topic that teachers and administrators won’t even acknowledge? A topic, by the way, that most of these adults contend with every month? Bravo, girls! And NPR, too, for recognizing their story.