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RadioActive Youth Media
10:18 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Young And Undocumented In America

For some time now, University of Washington, Bothell, sophomore Alejandra has been giving back to the undocumented immigrant community by helping students get through the college scholarship process.

There are about 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States today. Nearly three million are 24 or younger like Alejandra.

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:24 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Bhutani Refugee Bridges A Cultural Gap

Allan Kafley (left, with a friend) is working to help other Bhutani refugees adjust to life in the United States.
Courtesy of Allan Kafley

In Tukwila, Wash., a growing Bhutanese community is slowly adapting to modern American life while at the same time wanting to keep their Bhutani roots alive. Allan Kafley finds himself in a perfect position to help bridge these two worlds.

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RadioActive Youth Media
12:25 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

They Once Called This Teenage Girl A Boy

Jen came out as trans at age 14.
KUOW Photo/Isaac Noren

When Jennifer looks in a mirror, she sees bigger hips and a smaller waist than several months ago. At 16, she's like other high school girls, in that she worries about her looks and frets about a "weird smile" and her dirty blonde hair. But she loves her new figure.

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Housing
8:43 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Fighting Foreclosure: Home Is Where The Bank Says It Is

Natalie Johnson in front of her new home.
KUOW Photo/Kendra Hanna

Natalie Johnson and her family lived in their rental home in Edmonds, Wash., for seven years. It was the longest they had lived anywhere.

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RadioActive Youth Media
1:46 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

High School Play Challenges A Family To Forgive

Trent Selland played death row inmate Matthew Poncelet in Bishop Blanchet High School's production of "Dead Man Walking."
Courtesy of Trent Selland

Darlene Selland still remembers the day she found out: the knock, being told to sit down. Her niece Tiffany had been murdered. For a long time, she and her family wanted the man responsible to die. Now, thanks to a high school play, they're not so sure.

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RadioActive Youth Media
3:39 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Graduate Says Hazing Is A Part Of Garfield High School Tradition

Garfield High School in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Joe Wolf

When Seattle Police officers and Garfield High School Principal Ted Howard arrived at the Arboretum last Friday afternoon, they found more than 100 Garfield students drinking hard alcohol and beer, dressed up in diapers, covered in shoe polish and being paddled by boards or pelted with eggs.

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RadioActive Youth Media
9:35 am
Mon September 30, 2013

This is RadioActive Flight 9-26 with service to Chennai, Brussels, and Barbados.

Potter WInston Paul, at his studio in Chalky Mount, Barbados
Sarah Kane

This month RadioActive hosts Sarah Rosenthal and Ann Kane take you on a trip around the world.

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RadioActive Youth Media
8:08 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Makah Filmmaker Fights Stereotypes One Story At A Time

Sandy Osawa, a local filmmaker and a member of the Makah Tribe, works to change minds one story at a time.
Courtesy of Sandy Osawa

Sandy Osawa is a local filmmaker and a member of the Makah Tribe. She and her husband, Yasu Osawa, have been creating documentaries for four decades. They have produced more than 65 videos, including five PBS documentaries. But for the Osawas, this is not a business. It's a battle. They use film to fight society's images of American Indian people.

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:13 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Lifelong Smoker Goes Into Extra Innings In His Fight Against "Mr. C"

Jon Nyberg maintains a positive attitude while he battles a cancerous lump in his throat.
Courtesy of Susan Ewbank

How do we own up to our own mortality? RadioActive reporter Madeline Ewbank tells the story of one man's baseball game against cancer and the odds stacked against him.

Jon Nyberg is sitting out on my porch, watching the sunset and working on the latest New York Times Sunday puzzle. Fifty-two down: wake-up times, for short. He's proud of the grizzled chin and the head of wispy, gray hair he's been growing, a look his friend likes to call "the Amish experiment." But his skin hangs off his bones like his cigarette hangs off his lips.

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:48 am
Fri August 16, 2013

How 14 Pounds Of Salsa And 7.5 Pounds Of Chips Got Us Through The Summer

Hosts Rachel Lam and Amina Ibrahim recording this podcast.
KUOW Photo/Lila Kitaeff

Hear ye, hear ye! 'Tis the last RadioActive podcast of Summer 2013! Hosts Rachel Lam and Amina Ibrahim take a little trip down memory lane. It's a journey to where unruly foliage and lost birds litter the view, to those moments when things felt beyond our control. 

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RadioActive Youth Media
9:13 am
Thu August 15, 2013

When The Odds Are Against You

Sandy Osawa is a local filmmaker and a member of the Makah Tribe. She and her husband Yasu have been creating documentaries for four decades.
Courtesy of Sandy Osawa

In today’s podcast we battle the odds, even when we know our chances of winning are slim. We fight for our dignity and we fight for our lives.

First, we hear from Rachel Lam about local filmmaker Sandy Osawa and how she battles Native American stereotypes through her work. Then Madeline Ewbank introduces us to Mr. Nybs, and his fight with the lump in his throat.

RadioActive is KUOW's youth radio program, and all the stories here are produced by young people age 16-21. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

RadioActive Youth Media
10:42 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Fighting Foreclosure And Finding Forgiveness

Natalie Johnson, new home owner.
KUOW Photo/Kendra Hanna

Today on the program, Maddie Ewbank and Srikar Penumaka bring you stories about moving on in life: letting go and gaining in the process.

First, Kendra Hanna tells you about one family's struggle with their home and foreclosure. Ever had buyer's remorse? Well this is a little different. After that, we hear from Ian Dangla about how a high school play helped a family change its perspective on the death penalty.

RadioActive is KUOW's youth radio program, and all the stories here are produced by young people age 16-21. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

RadioActive Youth Media
9:25 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Identity Crisis

Jen is an average teenage girl, with a twist.
Courtesy of Jen

For our last week of the summer we bring you stories of change, challenge and identity!

Hosts Carlos Nieto and Isaac Noren speak about what it means to be themselves and how others view them. Isaac Noren takes us into to the mind of a girl born in the wrong body and tells us about how she’s adjusting to her new life. Then Srikar Penumaka gives us an inside look on a religious refugee from Bhutan, how he’s adapted to American culture and how he’s slowly trying to bring his two worlds together through technology.

Hopefully today's podcast will make you think about who you are and where you come from.

RadioActive is KUOW's youth radio program, and all the stories here are produced by young people age 16-21. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

RadioActive Youth Media
10:30 am
Fri August 9, 2013

What Do Macklemore And A Caterpillar Have In Common?

Nate Simpson's comic, Nonplayer, changed his life -- for awhile.
Courtesy of Nate Simpson

If you happen to be human, you’re constantly changing. You’ve changed since you were a little kid, since last year, and since 10:00 a.m. this morning. Today we bring you three stories on change.

First, we talk to young Republicans on how the GOP could shift its approach in attracting young people. Then we hear from Nate Simpson, creator of the comic Nonplayer, about the many shifts in his career.  From there we’re joined by Hollis Wong-Wear, a Macklemore producer and collaborator, about the local star’s rise to fame. Peter Haller, a former Mackelmore fan, also weighs in.

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:12 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Superman Gets Dumped And Batman Returns ... Our Phone Call

Hosts Srikar Penumaka as Captain Wonder Man and Madeline Ewbank as Graphite Girl.
KUOW Photo/Lila Kitaeff

It is not the podcast you deserved, but the one that you NEEDED!

Today on the program, Captain Wonder Man (Srikar Penumaka) and Graphite Girl (Madeline Ewbank) bring you stories of superheroes! First you’ll hear from Southcenter Mall-goers about their desired superpowers, courtesy of Captain Wonder Man. Then we give Batman (Carlos Nieto) a call and hear about the truth behind “great responsibility.” Finally Lois Lane (Kendra Hanna) dishes about the time she broke up with Superman.

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