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

Stepping Outside Of The Box, And Onto The Stage

Jan 31, 2014
Courtesy of Zerrin McLaughlin

We throw toast at the Rocky Horror Picture Show, hear what people on the street think about the movement for LGBTQ rights, and learn about the fight to integrate LGBTQ support groups into local Catholic schools. This month's podcast features stories about people who are stepping outside of their comfort zones and finding supportive communities.

A Burned Baby: The Night That Changed Sister Kurien's Mission

Jan 15, 2014
From Maher's Facebook page.

Gaus Said was 6 and working as a mechanic in India when a social worker spotted him and connected him with Sister Lucy Kurien.

“Didi told me, 'You want to go to school?'” he said, using the affectionate name for an older sister in India. “And I was very happy. And I came to Maher. Didi took me with her that night.” Fourteen years later, Said said that night changed his life.

Tavi-In-Chief: 'You Can Be A Feminist And Also Like Stuff'

Jan 14, 2014
Flickr Photo/roniweb

There are a lot of stereotypical images of teenage girls: vain, ditzy, obsessed with pop music. Tavi Gevinson makes it her job to break these stereotypes. As she sees it, "A lot of teenage girls are very articulate and maybe they like Taylor Swift and One Direction, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t also smart and strong.”

Alone And Pregnant In A Foreign Country

Jan 9, 2014
KUOW Photo/RadioActive Staff

Being a mother isn't easy, and it's even harder when you're both single and an immigrant. But that didn't stop Maria Perez. RadioActive youth producer Estefania Chirino Perez tells the story of her mother's struggle, and what kept her from giving up.

My mother came to the United States with only the thought of getting to know a different language and the American culture. She didn't think that leaving her hometown would give her a whole different reason to live for.

Deep Dark Secrets Of The (Orchestra) Pit

Jan 8, 2014
KUOW Photo / Sophie Ding

Tuning her violin for a performance, Maeve McIver-Sheridan knows that she's preparing for a forgotten and thankless task. "You get to the end of a show and no one acknowledges us," McIver-Sheridan said, "unless my parents are there."

McIver-Sheridan, a senior at Shorecrest High School, plays in a pit orchestra underneath the stage, invisible to the audience. It's a different story from the glamor on stage.

Concerns Of A Homeless Student: Math, Graduation, Clean Clothes

Jan 7, 2014
KUOW Photo/Chris Otey

Growing up, Kyra MacFarlane survived on food banks and pawning items for a quick buck with her father and brothers. MacFarlane is one of 27,000 homeless students in Washington state.

Without permanent housing, MacFarlane has struggled with the basics, like hygiene.

Teacher Finds "Deep-Rooted, Soul-Bearing" Joy In His Work

Jan 6, 2014
KUOW Photo/Hassan Abdi

On the first day of world history class this year at Foster High School, students filed into Andy Giron’s classroom to find someone unexpected: a relatively young teacher compared to the rest of the faculty, playing music, dancing and dropping beats. His inviting smile radiated excitement.

Why Ridwan, 16, Pretended He Was Allergic to Pork

Jan 3, 2014
KUOW Photo/Iman Mohamed

"I walked up to them and they were playing basketball, doing their normal stuff like we usually do. And I told them that I wanted to talk to them."

That was the day that 16-year-old Ridwan Abdirahman told his friends that he was a Muslim after two-and-a-half years of keeping that part of himself hidden.

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

Jan 2, 2014
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.

Flickr Photo/binw.marketing

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

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

Dec 19, 2013
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.

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

Nov 22, 2013
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.

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

Nov 1, 2013
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.

Welcome KUOW's Fall 2013 RadioActive Youth Producers

Oct 23, 2013
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

Young And Undocumented In America

Oct 22, 2013

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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