1Xtra: Getting passionate about politics
It all happened in the Radio 1 and 1Xtra boardroom. A space more used to heated debates about which pre-release tracks will make the all-important station playlists. But yesterday it was politics, not music, getting people passionate.
There was some early banter from the prime minister while he had his mic fitted, sensible to woo the trainees. He and his entourage would have been all too aware of the dangers of sending a low-poll rating PM into a potentially angry crowd in a very public setting.
It was hosted by our 1Xtra News presenter, Tina Daheley. One of the early questions was from Remy, 21, a Man United-supporting MC from Manchester. The prime minister doesn't usually get greeted like this:
"You alright, Gordon?"
Remy wanted to know whether there'd be more help for freed prisoners to find work.
"You have got to have a society where there is punishment if people commit crimes," the prime minister said.
"But equally if someone has served their sentence, we should help them get into work."
Next up, plucky 19-year-old "Cheekz" complained about what she was taught at school.
"Henry VIII's wives and how many heads he chopped off have no relevance in my life now because I don't know how to fill in a housing form and I don't know what I pay taxes for," she said.
The prime minister admitted he thought history teaching was "more up to date" than that, before reeling off examples of how "citizenship studies" will help people like Cheekz.
There were more questions and the prime minister heard some powerful personal stories. Ash from Manchester has lost two friends to gun crime. Darren has been "floating about" in Brixton and can't find a decent place to stay. And Fliss from Bristol told the premier that she's homeless and has to live in a car.
This is all part of the U Takeover joint project from 1Xtra and BBC Blast. It's a three-month training scheme for 22 young people from Manchester, Bristol and London. The 18-24 year-olds are all out of work and not in full-time education. Their training culminates in producing a day of radio on 1Xtra on Saturday 26 September.
Vince, 20, from Bristol told Gordon Brown he considered some MPs "criminal" for abusing their allowances. The PM didn't agree but said the system was being sorted. Then a question from "Solja" - a 21-year-old football fanatic from Manchester, whose parents both lost their jobs recently.
"Would you jeopardise less on your yearly salary to help the recession?" he asked.
"We've frozen our pay," said the PM, before presenter Tina sought some clarity, "Would you take a pay cut though?" she asked.
"I'd be prepared to take a pay cut," Gordon Brown replied. Cue Tina's next question - how much?
The prime minister refused to tell us. But the news story was already there. The PM is prepared to cut his pay to help out in the recession.
Later - texters to Newsbeat on 1Xtra's sister station, Radio 1, were inclined not to believe he'd actually do it - or that after the next election he'd actually be in a position to make the decision. But that's another story.