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RadioActive stories produced prior to October 2012 can be found on our archive.

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RadioActive Youth Media
2:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Two Truths And A Lie

Seattle's Space Needle: leaving Seattle?
Flickr Photo/sarowen (CC BY-NC-ND)

RadioActive is committed to delivering accurate stories to our listeners. But for the first time, RadioActive hosts keep you in the dark with a fun game of Two Truths and a Lie. Two of these stories are the absolute truth, and one is a fake. Can you guess the lie?

Scroll down for the answer.

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RadioActive Youth Media
12:08 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Welcome KUOW's Spring 2014 RadioActive Youth Producers

Leija Farr, Sophomore, Cleveland High School
KUOW photo/RadioActive staff

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our spring radio journalism workshop for youth ages 16-18. Six students will spend 11 weeks learning what it means to be a journalist. During that time, they'll gain the skills to create radio stories. Each of them will do all of the research, interviews, writing, voicing and editing to produce their own feature story for KUOW.org.

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Young Love
10:35 am
Thu February 27, 2014

A Belated Valentine From RadioActive

Hosts Sophie Ding and Ann Kane.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jenny Asarnow and Sophie Ding

In honor of Valentine’s Day, RadioActive hosts Ann Kane and Sophie Ding bring you stories of young love. We find out what love means to preschoolers and retired folks, hear what the Greeks had to say about love and enjoy a love poem written to the world. Plus, Nina Tran plays a love song for her wisdom teeth on the banjo.

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Gay Rights
9:39 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Seattle Catholic Students Form Underground Clubs For LGBTQ Youth

Holy Names students Audrey Long and Theresa Edwards at a December rally outside the Archdiocese of Seattle in support of former Eastside Catholic Vice Principal Mark Zmuda.
Credit Courtesy of Audrey Long

Clarification 2/12/14: The text of this story has been edited to include a response from Audrey Long’s parents. They say they never attempted to take their daughter to a Christian gay conversion therapist.

Four years ago, as a freshman at Holy Names Academy, an all-girls Seattle Catholic school, Audrey Long came out to her family. It wasn’t a positive experience.

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RadioActive Podcast
9:20 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Stepping Outside Of The Box, And Onto The Stage

Zerrin McLaughlin performs as Columbia in the Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast.
Courtesy of Zerrin McLaughlin

We throw toast at the Rocky Horror Picture Show, hear what people on the street think about the movement for LGBTQ rights, and learn about the fight to integrate LGBTQ support groups into local Catholic schools. This month's podcast features stories about people who are stepping outside of their comfort zones and finding supportive communities.

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India
9:33 am
Wed January 15, 2014

A Burned Baby: The Night That Changed Sister Kurien's Mission

Maher was established to help women and children from impoverished or abusive situations find a new home.
Credit From Maher's Facebook page.

Gaus Said was 6 and working as a mechanic in India when a social worker spotted him and connected him with Sister Lucy Kurien.

“Didi told me, 'You want to go to school?'” he said, using the affectionate name for an older sister in India. “And I was very happy. And I came to Maher. Didi took me with her that night.” Fourteen years later, Said said that night changed his life.

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Rookie No More
11:08 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Tavi-In-Chief: 'You Can Be A Feminist And Also Like Stuff'

Tavi Gevinson at a Rookie Mag event in Chicago.
Credit Flickr Photo/roniweb

There are a lot of stereotypical images of teenage girls: vain, ditzy, obsessed with pop music. Tavi Gevinson makes it her job to break these stereotypes. As she sees it, "A lot of teenage girls are very articulate and maybe they like Taylor Swift and One Direction, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t also smart and strong.”

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RadioActive Youth Media
2:33 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Alone And Pregnant In A Foreign Country

Estefania Chirino Perez speaking about her story at the RadioActive Fall 2013 Listening Party.
KUOW Photo/RadioActive Staff

Being a mother isn't easy, and it's even harder when you're both single and an immigrant. But that didn't stop Maria Perez. RadioActive youth producer Estefania Chirino Perez tells the story of her mother's struggle, and what kept her from giving up.

My mother came to the United States with only the thought of getting to know a different language and the American culture. She didn't think that leaving her hometown would give her a whole different reason to live for.

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RadioActive Youth Media
8:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Deep Dark Secrets Of The (Orchestra) Pit

Maeve McIver-Sheridan in Shorecrest High School's instrument storage room. She plays in pit orchestras.
Credit KUOW Photo / Sophie Ding

Tuning her violin for a performance, Maeve McIver-Sheridan knows that she's preparing for a forgotten and thankless task. "You get to the end of a show and no one acknowledges us," McIver-Sheridan said, "unless my parents are there."

McIver-Sheridan, a senior at Shorecrest High School, plays in a pit orchestra underneath the stage, invisible to the audience. It's a different story from the glamor on stage.

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Homelessness
11:35 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Concerns Of A Homeless Student: Math, Graduation, Clean Clothes

Kyra MacFarlane has lost her home dozens of time.
Credit KUOW Photo/Chris Otey

Growing up, Kyra MacFarlane survived on food banks and pawning items for a quick buck with her father and brothers. MacFarlane is one of 27,000 homeless students in Washington state.

Without permanent housing, MacFarlane has struggled with the basics, like hygiene.

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RadioActive Youth Media
8:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Teacher Finds "Deep-Rooted, Soul-Bearing" Joy In His Work

Andy Giron is a teacher at Foster High School in Tukwila, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Hassan Abdi

On the first day of world history class this year at Foster High School, students filed into Andy Giron’s classroom to find someone unexpected: a relatively young teacher compared to the rest of the faculty, playing music, dancing and dropping beats. His inviting smile radiated excitement.

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RadioActive Youth Media
6:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Why Ridwan, 16, Pretended He Was Allergic to Pork

Ridwan Abdirahman, a sophomore at an online high school, kept a secret from his friends for years.
Credit KUOW Photo/Iman Mohamed

"I walked up to them and they were playing basketball, doing their normal stuff like we usually do. And I told them that I wanted to talk to them."

That was the day that 16-year-old Ridwan Abdirahman told his friends that he was a Muslim after two-and-a-half years of keeping that part of himself hidden.

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Immigration
6:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Peace At Foster High, Where Students Once Couldn’t ‘Let Go Of The War’

Students at Foster High School in Tukwila celebrate a multi-cultural day as part of their Homecoming festivities.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ardo Hersi

David Montoya graduated from Foster High School in Tukwila, Wash., in 1989. The school was once surrounded by farms and orchards, and Montoya estimated that he was from one of maybe 10 minority families at the time.

Montoya’s son Max now attends the school, and it looks a lot different now. Minorities make up 71 percent of the student body, and The New York Times estimates that Foster is in the most diverse school district in the nation.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:45 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Amid Protests Of Vice Principal's Resignation, Youth Mark Changing Catholic Church

Students at Eastside Catholic High School held a sit-in on Thursday in solidarity for the vice principal who was asked to resign.
Flickr Photo/binw.marketing

David Hyde talks with Seattle PI columnist Joel Connelly about changing attitudes towards same-sex marriage in the Catholic church.

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RadioActive Youth Media
2:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Tough Stories With Happy Endings: Religious Tension, A Pregnant Immigrant, And Youth Homelessness

Ridwan had a secret he was keeping from his friends.
KUOW Photo/Iman Mohamed

Stories from the newest RadioActive youth producers delve into the personal struggles of a boy scared to reveal his religion to his friends, a single immigrant mother, and a girl who is getting back on track academically after having her life derailed by homelessness.

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