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

The S-Word And Stuff: Teens On Sex And Health

Jun 26, 2014
KUOW Photo/Isaac Noren

Most people have had the "birds and bees" talk with their parents, and even more of us can recall those awkward moments in health class when we were still young and thought that the opposite sex had cooties.

In this month’s podcast you’ll hear about how one girl took initiative and taught her friends a thing or two about sex. There are teens helping teens everywhere, including here in Seattle where youth volunteer at a much needed teen crisis hotline.

African Americans And Native Speakers Keep Swahili Language Alive

Jun 13, 2014
KUOW Photo

RadioActive’s Leija Farr grew up celebrating Kwanzaa, the year-end celebration that started in 1966 as a way for African Americans to connect with their African heritage. The Swahili language is at the heart of the celebration. As Leija discovered, that language connects her with new immigrants from parts of Africa. Like Leija’s community, native speakers are grappling with how to keep the language going. Here’s Leija’s story, in her own words.

How Karate Helped Local Sensei Escape Abuse

Jun 11, 2014
Courtesy of Joni Sharrah

Joni Sharrah runs a dojo in Shoreline, north of Seattle. A teacher for 30 years, she knows that karate transcends punching and kicking. That's because experience has taught her that karate can save a person’s life – physically and emotionally.

How Weight Loss Pulled These Identical Twin Sisters Apart

Jun 4, 2014
Credit KUOW Photo/Alicia Quarles

    

It's hard enough trying to convince yourself that you're beautiful. It's even harder when that standard of beauty is living down the hall from you.

"When I am by myself, I find myself as beautiful," said Andrea Dyer, "but when I compare myself to others, which would be mostly my twin sister, I find myself comparing all the things that they are better than me in. So recently that has been taking a toll on me."

RadioActive Interviews Women Of Influence In Every Day Life

May 29, 2014
Courtesy of Joni Sharrah

We all know influential females. In this month's podcast, we highlight two such women who are making a difference in the lives of the people around them. The first is a new mom who gave birth to her son at the age of 19. The other is a sensei who teaches karate in Shoreline.

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The 'Thrill And Addiction' Of Seattle Graffiti Artists

May 28, 2014
Courtesy of Skeez

Seattle’s art scene spreads from music to visuals, from studio to street. Two artists that go by the names of Baso Fibonacci and Skeez are living in the shadows of the misunderstood graffiti and street art world. 

“It’s so much of a thrill and an addiction,” Skeez said. “Even back in high school I’d be running around tagging up the hallways and bathrooms at school because it was my human nature to have to do it.”

The Idea Of A Better Future Keeps Teen Mom Going

May 22, 2014
Courtesy of Gabby Saechao

Gabby Saechao was in her first year of college when she heard those two dreaded words: “You’re pregnant.”

At first she was in denial, but there was no hiding it. "My mom knew straight away; she was really suspicious," Saechao said.

Life Of A Sneakerhead: One To Rock, One To Stock

May 21, 2014
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Hieu Phan, 18, is a “sneakerhead” – he collects shoes that are rare and have trading value.

Phan remembers watching reruns of the Olympics with his dad when he was very young. When Michael Jordan was on the bench lacing up his sneakers in the second quarter, his shoes caught Phan's eyes. It was a special moment for him, but not as special as when he finally got his own pair of the same shoes Jordan had been wearing: Air Jordan Olympic 7.

Amid Grief, Darrington Students Dress Up And Head To Prom

May 20, 2014
Courtesy of Taylor Lindeman

Taylor Lindeman and her boyfriend Anthony Smith drink Red Bull, waiting to get their hair done. Taylor will get a waterfall braid. Anthony wants a haircut, but he’s resisting Taylor’s efforts to have his red bushy beard trimmed. He keeps telling people he wants to grow it out and go “mountain man.”

The Misunderstood Fans Of 'My Little Pony'

May 9, 2014
Courtesy of Everfree NW/Benjamin Ruby

In an unforgiving world, who wouldn’t want to retreat to a place where friendship is magic? Bronies are a group of people who live by that. They’re fans of the newest version of  the children's show, My Little Pony. RadioActive youth producer Chris Otey introduces us to some members of the local herd of bronies.

My Little Pony was a TV show for little girls that first appeared in the 1980s. And you might think that 2012’s revamped version, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is also just a show for little girls. But it’s grown into something a little different. And that has created a following of people who have aptly been named “bronies.”

I am one of them.

Fandom: What Happens When You Like Something Too Much

Apr 24, 2014
Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore

Hordes of screaming people bowing down before an ancient god.

This didn't happen in some ancient temple; this was a normal part of vacation for the hundreds of thousands of fans who descend for San Diego's Comic-Con every summer.

Two Truths And A Lie

Mar 27, 2014
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.

Welcome KUOW's Spring 2014 RadioActive Youth Producers

Mar 6, 2014
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.

A Belated Valentine From RadioActive

Feb 27, 2014
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.

Seattle Catholic Students Form Underground Clubs For LGBTQ Youth

Feb 10, 2014
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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