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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!

Colleen McDevitt / KUOW

Editor’s note: KUOW has omitted Fallon’s last name to protect the teen’s privacy.

When I was in middle school, I was like any other nerdy teen. I was in honors classes. I was getting straight As. I remember seeing my friends at the library every day. We would talk about Japanese anime and videogames and other stuff we liked.

What Does Colorism Look Like In Seattle?

Feb 5, 2016
RadioActive youth producers Ahlaam Ibraahim and Esa Tilija. Ibraahim says 'when you're born, they call you a lighty, and it's praised.'
Courtesy of Esa Tilija

"When you're born, they call you a lighty, and it's praised," said Ahlaam Ibraahim, one of the hosts on this month's RadioActive podcast. She along with Esa Tilija explore the world of colorism. They interview fellow Seattleites to find out what they know about it and share stories from their own communities. 

Plus, hear Kamna Shastri's story about her perspective on colorism as an Indian-American with albinism. "Just seeing people like Nina Davuluri or Mindy Kaling reminds me of everything I want and can't attain," she said.

These Are My Mom's Beautiful, Painful Hands

Feb 3, 2016
KUOW Photo / Shina Williams

I told my mom one day that I thought she was a very headstrong woman.

“What do you mean ‘strong?’” she asked me.

For Black Boys: 'You Are Beautiful'

Dec 30, 2015
KUOW Photo / RadioActive Staff

“Black boys bleed every month.”

Those words came to Leija Farr as she saw her dad, enraged, watching the news of another police shooting of a black man.

Farr wrote the poem “For Black Boys” in response to this moment, and it won her the title of Seattle’s first youth poet laureate.

Her work is an ode to black men and boys. In this segment, Farr reads her powerful poem and interviews black men in her life about how they practice loving themselves.

Do You Get A Grade For It? Unusual Class Offerings In Seattle

Dec 23, 2015
The hosts of this podcast, Hassan Abdi and Gerardo Ramos.
KUOW Photo/Jenny Asarnow

RadioActive introduces two Seattle-area classes that offer new and unusual training to students. Ardo Hersi covers a hip hop residency program at the EMP Museum featuring Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Kendra Hanna reports on a flirting class offered by the University of Washington's Experimental College. 

People rally on Capitol Hill in December in memory of Hamza Warsame, a 16-year-old Somali American who died in a fall from an apartment building.
Alex Garland

The sister of a Somali-American teen killed in a fall on Seattle’s Capitol Hill is asking the city’s Muslim community for patience as police investigate.

Hundreds of people unfazed by rain gathered Thursday night for a second day to raise awareness about the death of Hamza Warsame.

How Do You Flirt? Seattleites Answer Way Too Personal Questions

Dec 2, 2015
RadioActive youth producers Mimansa Dogra and Gerardo Ramos ask questions of a passerby at Pike Place Market.
KUOW Photo

How do you flirt?

How will you die?

Who is your arch nemesis?

RadioActive descended on several places around in the Seattle area to ask people these uncomfortable questions.

“I will die being hit by a car because I fail to look both ways crossing the street to the downtown Nordstrom,” one woman said.

One man’s hunch was far more gut wrenching. Listen for his answer at minute 7:35. 

RadioActive Youth Media 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.

Welcome KUOW's Fall 2015 RadioActive Youth Producers

Nov 25, 2015

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our fall journalism workshop at the Columbia City Library, in partnership with the Seattle Public Library. 

Six teens, aged 16-18, will spend 12 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 on topics of their choice.

When The Worlds Of The Living And Dead Overlap

Oct 30, 2015
Flickr Photo/James Butler (CC BY NC ND 2.0)/http://bit.ly/1GCo7gV

Supernatural experiences may not seem common for today's youth, who often have a scientific mindset. But there's no denying that these experiences happen. Listen for true stories of unnatural, spooky phenomena from all over the world, including the Phillipines, Mexico and India.

Do not listen to this podcast alone in the dark.... 

Daniel's Suicide: How One Ellensburg Family Copes

Oct 21, 2015
Courtesy of the DeHollander family

In a park in Ellensburg, a tree grows beside a small stream. Daniel Curtis DeHollander’s ashes lie beneath the roots.

DeHollander committed suicide here last July at age 18, just after graduating from high school. The tree is his memorial site.

Karen Taylor works to prevent youth of color from ending up in prison, as she did.
Courtesy of Karen Taylor

Karen Taylor is at a park near where she grew up in Renton. She comes here to pray and to walk. "My mother used to walk this trail," she said. "It's a nice place. Quiet. Serene."

Taylor's childhood here was anything but serene.

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.

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