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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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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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RadioActive Youth Media
10:45 am
Tue August 6, 2013

From Doodle Books To Tattoos

A doodle by host Carlos Nieto.
KUOW Photo/Jenny Asarnow

Today, RadioActive hosts Isaac Noren and Carlos Nieto bring you stories of when pencil meets paper. Doodles, sketches and drawings of all kinds!

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:41 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Is Your Family Growing Mold?

Amina Ibrahim has four siblings, while her co-host Rachel Lam has two.
KUOW Photo/Lila Kitaeff

Siblings: the most common adversaries since the beginning of time. From Cain and Abel all the way up to today's hosts, Rachel Lam and Amina Ibrahim, and their siblings. Bickering is a skill perfected in the sister-brother business, yet underneath all the fighting is a permanent foundation of love.

Rachel and Amina explore complicated sibling dynamics through the streets of Fremont, their own sisters and brothers, and fellow RadioActivian Maddie Ewbank's young cousins.

Warning: this podcast may dredge up half-buried battles and prickly memories.

RadioActive Youth Media
9:38 am
Thu August 1, 2013

I Can't Believe I Did That

Co-hosts Ian Dangla and Kendra Hanna are filled with regret.
KUOW Photo/Lila Kitaeff

We've all had regrets. Some of them are trivial: grades, what we said, that $6 popcorn we got at the movies. Some of them are more serious: relationships, career choices, irrevocable actions. But if we could go back and change it all, would we?

To find out, hosts Ian Dangla and Kendra Hanna talk to fellow RadioActivian Maddie Ewbank, who had an accident with a water balloon in front of her whole school. Then they hear from Amina Al-Sadi, a producer at KUOW, who woke up one day and realized she was on the wrong career path, only to have that same realization again after switching majors. Finally, the University District courses with regret as people reflect on what they would change about their lives if they had the opportunity. Give it a listen. You won’t regret it. Hopefully.

RadioActive Youth Media
10:32 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Confessions Of A Teenage Tumblr Therapist

Host Madeline Ewbank was afraid you wouldn't listen to the end of this show. Srikar Penumaka worried the microphones recorded nothing.
KUOW Photo/Jenny Asarnow

A study conducted since the beginning of time reveals that 100 percent of people are worried about something.

Today, Srikar Penumaka and Madeline Ewbank conquer fear and anxiety. First, we hear from fellow RadioActivian Isaac Noren in his poem "Growing Up Fast." Next, ex-blogger Maddie LeClair shares the story of her time as a teen Tumblr therapist. Then you’ll hear about the irrational fears of our hosts as well as the good people of Pike Place Market, including the secret horrors of saunas and bubble tea.

On a more serious note, some recent studies show that one in five teens struggles with clinical depression. If you grapple with depression, or anything else really, and aren’t prepared to tell the people in your life about it, there are others out there ready to listen.

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:52 am
Tue July 30, 2013

GenderPalooza

Hosts Isaac Noren (left) and Carlos Nieto in KUOW's studio recording this show.
KUOW Photo/Lila Kitaeff

For the first RadioActive podcast of the summer, new hosts Isaac Noren and Carlos Nieto bring you stories about gender and gender stereotypes.

RadioActive producers asked people what it means to be a man or a woman. Shout out to Amina Ibrahim, Carlos Nieto, Ian Dangla, Isaac Noren, Kendra Hanna, Maddie Ewbank, Srikar Penumaka and Rachel Lam for getting those interviews.

Then, Molly Freed talks with young adult novel readers and writers about how the young adult fiction market is growing, but boys are being left behind.

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RadioActive Youth Media
3:18 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Welcome KUOW's Summer 2013 RadioActive Youth Producers

Ian Dangla, Freshman, Pomona College (Bishop Blanchet High School 2013)
KUOW Photo

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer a summer journalism workshop. Eight students from a variety of local high schools will spend the summer learning what it means to be a journalist. They will pitch, interview, edit and write their own feature stories for KUOW.org.

Ian Dangla, Freshman, Pomona College (Bishop Blanchet High School ’13)

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:45 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Episode 40: Young Seattleites Say Code Switching Is A Tough Habit To Break

RadioActive's Antonia Dorn and Kadian Vanloo
KUOW Photo / Jenny Asarnow

There’s no such thing as a normal you. Do you talk to your boss the same way you talk to your dog? Probably not. This is called code switching.

Inspired by NPR’s Code Switch, hosts Kadian Vanloo and Antonia Dorn share stories about why and how youth code switch:

  • Tamil is the mother tongue for both Ananya Shankar and her cousin, RadioActive's Kamna Shastri. But when Ananya visits the United States for the first time, Kamna notices her cousin only speaks to her in English. 
  • RadioActive's Riley Guttman lives on Mercer Island where the African-American population is just over one percent. His black friend notices that when he walks in on a group of white friends, the conversation tends to change — and not how you might think.

Speaking of race, affirmative action was under scrutiny at the Supreme Court of the United States this week. It's been illegal in Washington state since 1998, but people still have opinions about it. RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih asked Seattleites what they think.

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:06 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Episode 39: The Ups And Downs Of Moving Countries And Choosing Careers

RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih and Ann Kane in KUOW's studio recording this program.
KUOW photo/Lila Kitaeff

This month RadioActive hosts Yafiet Bezabih and Ann Kane are fixing to surprise you. First we bring you three amazing stories about the challenges and hardships of moving to a new country. In collaboration with Renton High School’s Arrow newspaper,  Renton High school students from Somalia, Ethiopia and Mexico share their experiences of coming to America and adjusting to the weather, navigating the language barrier and finding friendship.

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RadioActive Spring 2013
8:00 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" Changes Teens' Shopping Habits

Varun Dhananjaya speaking at the RadioActive Spring 2013 Listening Party.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Seattle-based Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' single "Thrift Shop" has topped the charts multiple times. But besides getting people humming along to its catchy melody, "Thrift Shop" is also creating a lot of interest in actual thrift shopping amongst Eastside teens.

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RadioActive Spring 2013
8:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

A Toll On The Road To School

The I-90 bridge between Seattle and Mercer Island.
Flickr Photo/Henry Figueroa

Washington state is considering putting tolls on the I-90 bridge that connects Seattle to the Eastside. This would affect the lives of adults who travel to and from Seattle for work, but what about students who go to school outside their Seattle neighborhoods?

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RadioActive Spring 2013
3:12 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

M-Eaze: Producing The Beat Of Seattle Hip-Hop

M-Eaze is a rapper who has lived in Seattle his whole life.
KUOW Photo/Le'Jayah Washington

Seattle is known for many things: coffee, the tech industry, and of course, rain. But hip-hop is not on that list. We asked people on the street which rap artists come from Seattle, and the only ones they could think of were Macklemore and Sir Mix-A-Lot. None had heard of a rapper who has lived here his whole life, M-Eaze.

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