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RadioActive is the youth media program at KUOW where youth delight in discovering public radio journalism. Hear stories created by RadioActive youth producers about the people and issues that matter to young people in the Northwest. Subscribe to get our latest audio pieces delivered directly to you.

RadioActive stories produced prior to October 2012 can be found on our archive or here, too!

Courtesy of April Reyes

This is me and my family. My mom, my dad, brother, and sister. (Not pictured: cats.) 

Six months ago, they were just strangers. And six months ago, I was homeless and couch surfing. I worked about 35 hours a week at Panda Express while attending school full time. I was a junior in high school, 16 years old. 

My dad's Cinderella story: Finding love in Somalia

Sep 28, 2016
Courtesy of Zubeyda Ahmed

My dad's life story is kind of like Cinderella’s. 

My dad, Abdul-Basit Hassan, grew up without a mom, worked for an evil relative and found his princess in the least expected way. 


KUOW Photo / Amy Styer

"Hiiiii!" 

I open the magenta door to the Lambert House, a place on Seattle's Capitol Hill where queer youth are free to be themselves.

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Sam struggled with depression in middle school.
KUOW Photo/Natalie Newcomb

Sam, 17, has a bright smile and is always making  her friends laugh.

But in seventh grade, Sam struggled. She was trying to figure out her role in the social ladder, and her parents were fighting, and she was feeling extremely sad.


Surya Hendry

Meet Grace Zheng.

She's a 16-year-old volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium, where she chatters away to visitors about the scientific exhibits: "This is a jaw from a sixgill shark," she says, noting, "You can see how its teeth are serrated."


'How can I claim Ethiopia as my country when they oppress my people?'

Aug 8, 2016
KUOW Photo / Paul Kiefer

"Wiping someone's identity away ... is very dangerous."

That's how many Oromos feel. On our podcast today, Oromos in Seattle talk about being Oromo in America and their fears about the current human rights violations against Oromos in Ethiopia. 


Free will vs. fate: Who’s in control?

Aug 3, 2016
KUOW/Amy Styer

Do you believe that we have control over our future, or is it predestined? In today's podcast, Radioactivians Amy Styer and Brian Freeland uncover the various viewpoints on a concept that has been boggling minds for centuries: Fate.

Girls, don’t be embarrassed. Period.

Aug 2, 2016
Hosts April Reyes and Maya Konz.
KUOW Photo

Meet a girl who thought eating chicken caused her to bleed, and other stories of peoples' first periods. Hear leak stories and the perspective from people who don't get a period. It's natural, you shouldn't be embarrassed! 

This podcast was produced in RadioActive's Intro to Journalism Workshop for 16-18-year-olds. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

Who dressed you this morning?

Aug 1, 2016
Natalie Newcomb and Surya Hendry contemplate fashion in Seattle's University District
KUOW Photo/Amy Styer

Did you dress yourself this morning, or did an entire industry?

Today, RadioActive's Surya Hendry and Natalie Newcomb phone fashion professors, scroll through statistics, and get an inside view on the future of fashion, trying to answer one big question: Do teenagers control trends, or does the fashion industry control what teenagers wear?

Why do(n't) we like horror?

Jul 28, 2016
Hosts Amy Styer and April Reyes.
KUOW Photo/Lila Kitaeff

Hosts April Reyes and Amy Styer love all things horror, but don't know why. Together in this podcast, they explore the many ways in which humans experience fear. They discuss people's greatest fears, and ask people about their personal experiences with nightmares and horror movies. 

The best of times, worst of times, and first of times

Jul 28, 2016
RadioActive podcast hosts Maya Konz and Surya Hendry.
KUOW Photo/Lila Kitaeff

What does it take to become an adult? RadioActivians Maya Konz and Surya Hendry set out to discover the meaning of growing up by interviewing a Bat Mitzvah veteran, first-time voters, and survivors of first-date awkwardness.

This podcast was produced in RadioActive's Intro to Journalism Workshop for 16-18-year-olds. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

Black youth in Seattle have a message for the police

Jul 27, 2016
The hosts of this podcast, Zubeyda Ahmed and Awal Ibraahim.
KUOW Photo

Seattleites give their perspectives on the recent police brutality issues in the media and weigh in on the Black Lives Matter movement. Then, black youth of Seattle use their platform to speak their mind on these issues that directly concern them.

Meet the new generation of radio journalists!

Jul 25, 2016
RadioActive's 2016 summer workshop participants at Pike Place Market.
KUOW Photo/Lila Kitaeff

Summer has started, which means there are now eight new RadioActive journalists at KUOW. Natalie and Brian took up the first podcast for this group and they are here to introduce you to everyone's fun personalities!

By the way, do you know what "prolegomena" means? Can you pronounce it?

Welcome KUOW's Summer 2016 RadioActive Youth Producers

Jul 22, 2016
Summer 2016 RadioActive youth producers
KUOW

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our summer journalism workshop. Eight teens, aged 16-18, will spend six weeks learning what it means to be a journalist.

During that time, they'll gain the skills to create radio stories. They'll do all of the research, interviews, writing, voicing and editing to produce their own feature stories and podcasts on topics of their choice.

Noel Gasca poses for a graduation shot with her father, Rick Gasca, and mother, Kim Chapman.
Courtesy of Noel Gasca

On a sunny morning during my junior year of high school  I was taking the SAT, when I got to a question that left me stumped. 

It basically asked, "What race are you?"

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