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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.

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

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Immigration
6:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Peace At Foster High, Where Students Once Couldn’t ‘Let Go Of The War’

Students at Foster High School in Tukwila celebrate a multi-cultural day as part of their Homecoming festivities.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ardo Hersi

David Montoya graduated from Foster High School in Tukwila, Wash., in 1989. The school was once surrounded by farms and orchards, and Montoya estimated that he was from one of maybe 10 minority families at the time.

Montoya’s son Max now attends the school, and it looks a lot different now. Minorities make up 71 percent of the student body, and The New York Times estimates that Foster is in the most diverse school district in the nation.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:45 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Amid Protests Of Vice Principal's Resignation, Youth Mark Changing Catholic Church

Students at Eastside Catholic High School held a sit-in on Thursday in solidarity for the vice principal who was asked to resign.
Flickr Photo/binw.marketing

David Hyde talks with Seattle PI columnist Joel Connelly about changing attitudes towards same-sex marriage in the Catholic church.

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RadioActive Youth Media
2:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Tough Stories With Happy Endings: Religious Tension, A Pregnant Immigrant, And Youth Homelessness

Ridwan had a secret he was keeping from his friends.
KUOW Photo/Iman Mohamed

Stories from the newest RadioActive youth producers delve into the personal struggles of a boy scared to reveal his religion to his friends, a single immigrant mother, and a girl who is getting back on track academically after having her life derailed by homelessness.

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:25 am
Fri November 22, 2013

A Cheez-It Feast, And Other Reasons To Be Thankful

Hosts Yafiet Bezabih and Maddie Ewbank ready with their edible sound effects.
KUOW Photo/Jenny Asarnow

RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih and Maddie Ewbank challenge our chef-in-residence Sarah Rosenthal to make a Thanksgiving meal out of mac and cheese, Oreos, Cheez-Its, salsa, and more cheese. Plus, hear the story of an inspirational nun from India: Sister Lucy Kurien helps thousands of destitute women and children through her organization, Maher.

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:39 am
Fri November 1, 2013

How We Averted A Shutdown At RadioActive, AKA Our Coverage Of Election 2013

RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih and Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray.
Courtesy of Real Change News/Wes Sauer

In this month’s RadioActive podcast, hosts Isaac Noren and Nina Tran narrowly avert a beverage-related shutdown of podcast production. Plus, RadioActive youth reporters bring you coverage of the local election:

  • Kendra Hanna finds that people on the street in the University District support Initiative 522 to label genetically modified food.
  • Halle Bills goes to one of the coolest candidate forums ever: Washington Bus' Candidate Survivor. Hear Seattle’s mayoral candidates make up haiku. They’re not so bad!
  • Last but not least, Yafiet Bezabih fills you in on Seattle’s mayoral election, including an exclusive interview with one of the candidates, State Sen. Ed Murray.

Find more KUOW coverage at our Elections 2013 page.

Thank you to Real Change for sharing the photo of Ed Murray and Yafiet Bezabih. Check out their coverage of the Seattle mayoral race here.

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
5:46 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Welcome KUOW's Fall 2013 RadioActive Youth Producers

Hassan Abdi, Junior, Foster High School
KUOW photo/RadioActive staff

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer a fall journalism workshop in West Seattle, in partnership with Neighborhood House - High Point, a center for anti-poverty community services. Six students, age 16-19, will spend ten weeks learning what it means to be a journalist. During that time, they will pitch, interview, edit and write their own feature stories for KUOW.org.

Hassan Abdi, Junior, Foster High School

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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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