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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!

This Adoptee Went Back To China But Couldn't Connect

Oct 7, 2015
Lydia Nasser in China: “This was just me standing alone, Lydia and China.”
Courtesy of Lydia Nasser

Lydia Nasser celebrated her 19th birthday on July 17, but she doesn’t actually know when she was born.

“I could’ve been born anywhere between the 15th and like the 20th," Nasser explained. “Sometimes it’s funny thinking about that. It never affects me in a bad way, it’s just a question mark in my life.”

Nasser doesn’t know her birth date because when she was 2, her parents adopted her from China and brought her back to Washington state, where she has lived ever since.

Anelise Moon-Schruder, 24, shown here in her Lake City apartment, is part of the white anti-racist movement.
Paul Kiefer

On a warm evening in Seattle's Volunteer Park, Anelise Moon-Schruder speaks to an audience of around 50 people. Most of them are white.

"Hey, everybody, my name's Anelise," she begins, then pauses. "Man, you all are so beautiful."

The crowd laughs.

Roberta (far right) with her father and two brothers. The younger brother went to Mexico with her parents.
Courtesy of Roberta Lirma

When Roberta Lirma thinks of her childhood, she pictures her whole family together, outside their light brown apartment building in Auburn.

Her dad would be fixing the car, while her mom sat on the stairs and watched Lirma and her two brothers play.

"We would climb trees or go to the store with our friends," she remembered. "I miss that."

Christapherson Grant runs the 110-meter hurdles race at Edmonds Stadium in spring 2015.
Jacob Ostlund

"I visualize the race. All I’m thinking about is just silence. Dead silence.

"Then the gun goes off. I'm just trying to get to the finish line as quick as possible."

Christapherson Grant's life revolves around track. Since he was a high school freshman, his dream was to win a Washington state championship in track. This year, he achieved his dream, but he had to jump over a lot more than track hurdles to get there.

Amane Robale (second from right) is surrounded by five of her younger siblings. There are 10 children in the family in all.
Courtesy of Amane Robale

Amane Robale is adjusting her mom's bed while chatting with her. "Hey, mama. Hi, mama. How are you? How's your day?" 

Her mom, unable to speak, quietly moans. Robale turns on her mom's feeding tube.

High School Seniors Really Want You To Stop Asking This

Sep 10, 2015
KUOW Photo/RadioActive staff

Whether you're a high school senior, a college freshman or just moving to a new stage in life, RadioActive’s summer podcast is for you. RadioActive producer Ben Gauld  gives you some perspective on moving forward in life and Angela Nguyen brings us the story of one track star and his journey to achieving his dream. We’ll also find out the one question high school seniors are tired of hearing.

When Rehab Interrupts Your Senior Year

Sep 9, 2015
Anna Konsmo (left) and Payton Curtis in 2014 before their senior year of high school. They stayed close while Curtis spent part of her senior year in a rehab facility.
Courtesy of Payton Curtis

Anna Konsmo and best friend Payton Curtis are talking and laughing. They laugh together a lot.

Konsmo and Curtis, both 18, treasure that relationship even more now: Curtis spent part of her senior high school year in rehab for alcohol and drug abuse.

Courtesy of Alicia Santos

Alicia Santos started picking strawberries when she was 7 years old. Her mother was working at Hayton Farms in Skagit County, so Alicia went along.

She stayed in the row for the whole day but didn't make much effort. "I feel like, why am I even picking? It's so hot!"

Teenage Perspectives On Love, Looks And Luxury

Aug 7, 2015
KUOW Photo

RadioActive’s Aisha Burka and Gerardo Ramos talk about the struggles that teenagers go through, like about what it’s like not to be able to find a date, not being able to afford a car and losing confidence because of braces.

RadioActive is KUOW's program for youth age 16-20ish. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

When You're Homeless 'You Learn Who Your Friends Are'

Aug 6, 2015
Many people in the homeless community hang out in Seattle's University District

Rogelia Sanchez and Mimansa Dogra share stories from Seattle's homeless community. Join them as they learn about the impact homelessness has on people's lives.

RadioActive is KUOW's program for youth age 16-20ish. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

Voices Of Gentrification Paint A Picture Of A Changing Seattle

Aug 5, 2015
A mural on 20th Avenue in Seattle's Central District
KUOW Photo / Paul Kiefer

RadioActive's Paul Kiefer and Lola Garcia collect the voices of people affected by gentrification in Seattle to paint a picture of our changing city. 

RadioActive is KUOW's program for youth age 16-20ish. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

Tiny House Living Is More Than A Novelty

Aug 3, 2015
At Quixote Village in Olympia, previously homeless adults live in tiny (144 sq. foot interior) cottages.
KUOW Photo

With a growing population and the cost of living on the rise, RadioActive reporters Julia Furukawa and Jack  Paradise take a look into the world of tiny houses as a possible solution in today's podcast. Interviews with builders, owners and those that have benefited from the construction of tiny homes may have you thinking small.

Thanks to Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and Quixote Village.

RadioActive is KUOW's program for youth age 16-20ish. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

RadioActive Explores Minority Representation With Hari Kondabolu

Jul 31, 2015
KUOW Photo / Jenny Asarnow

Aisha Burka and Mimansa Dogra explore the representation of minorities in the media, and discuss what needs to be changed. Hear their interviews with Tani Ikeda, co-founder of imMEDIAte Justice, a program built to empower young women through film, and Hari Kondabolu, known for his politically and socially charged comedy. 

Sounds In The City: Can You Figure Them All Out?

Jul 30, 2015
Recording the "Guess That Sound" game in the KUOW studios
KUOW photo

In this episode, Lola Garcia and Jack Paradise explore the world of sound through games, interviews, a sound collage and more. Listen and enjoy!

'Hispanic Immigration': What Pops Up In Mind?

Jul 29, 2015
RadioActivians Gerardo Ramos and Rogelia Sanchez.
KUOW Photo

In the latest edition of the RadioActive podcast, Rogelia Sanchez and Gerardo Ramos hear from people about their perspectives on Hispanic immigration. They also ask their fellow RadioActive teammates what pops in their mind when they hear the phrase Hispanic immigration and they share responses to a speech from a presidential candidate who has a lot to say on the subject.