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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 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
KUOW

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.

KUOW Photo/Paul Kiefer

RadioActive’s Julia Furukawa and Paul Kiefer delve into the often overlooked reality of hunger in contemporary America. Through a brief history lesson, a talk with University of Washington School of Public Health professor Donna Johnson and a small experiment, these journalists build a basic understanding of the origins and issues of modern food insecurity. 

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.

Hosts Mimansa Dogra and Jack Paradise get postmodern.
KUOW Photo/Lola Garcia

A self-aware postmodern painting finally sees itself as it truly is in this original radio play, "Red on White."

People With Depression: You Are Not Alone

Jul 23, 2015
Hosts Rogelia Sanchez and Lola Garcia.
KUOW Photo/Lola Garcia

Welcome to RadioActive's second podcast of summer 2015. We are talking about depression. We got some advice from a psychiatrist at the University of Washington and recorded personal experiences with depression that we'd like to share with you.

RadioActive Bites Into Food Culture

Jul 23, 2015
Julia Furukawa enjoying the RadioActive potluck
KUOW photo

In today's podcast, we explore the deep connection between food and culture. Jon Rubin of the Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh and the rest of the RadioActive team provide insight into that connection.

The Fresh Faces And Voices Of Public Radio In Seattle

Jul 21, 2015
RadioActive's 2015 summer workshop participants at Pike Place Market.
KUOW photo

New summer, fresh start! This is is our first podcast to let people get to know the 2015 RadioActive summer workshops participants. We interviewed ourselves and strangers, trying out our new journalism skills, and this is our first shot at making a podcast. Hope you enjoy!

RadioActive is KUOW's program for high school students. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

Welcome KUOW's Summer 2015 RadioActive Youth Producers

Jul 16, 2015
Welcome RadioActive's summer 2015 youth producers!
KUOW Photos/Staff

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.

Cheers! 'RadioActive' Celebrates Recent Awards And A Premier

Jul 8, 2015
Kendra Hanna and Iman Mohamed record this month's 'RadioActive' podcast.
KUOW Photo/Ann Kane

It has been a good year for RadioActive! This month on our podcast, we premiere our new project, "Voices of Seattle," and celebrate the awards our stories have been given so far. So put on your fancy dress, get some sparkling apple cider and listen to this month’s podcast. Cheers! 

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