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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!

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.

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.

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