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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!

When Rehab Interrupts Your Senior Year

Sep 9, 2015
Anna Konsmo (left) and Payton Curtis in 2014 before their senior year of high school. They stayed close while Curtis spent part of her senior year in a rehab facility.
Courtesy of Payton Curtis

Anna Konsmo and best friend Payton Curtis are talking and laughing. They laugh together a lot.

Konsmo and Curtis, both 18, treasure that relationship even more now: Curtis spent part of her senior high school year in rehab for alcohol and drug abuse.

Courtesy of Alicia Santos

Alicia Santos started picking strawberries when she was 7 years old. Her mother was working at Hayton Farms in Skagit County, so Alicia went along.

She stayed in the row for the whole day but didn't make much effort. "I feel like, why am I even picking? It's so hot!"

Teenage Perspectives On Love, Looks And Luxury

Aug 7, 2015
KUOW Photo

RadioActive’s Aisha Burka and Gerardo Ramos talk about the struggles that teenagers go through, like about what it’s like not to be able to find a date, not being able to afford a car and losing confidence because of braces.

RadioActive is KUOW's program for youth age 16-20ish. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

When You're Homeless 'You Learn Who Your Friends Are'

Aug 6, 2015
Many people in the homeless community hang out in Seattle's University District
KUOW

Rogelia Sanchez and Mimansa Dogra share stories from Seattle's homeless community. Join them as they learn about the impact homelessness has on people's lives.

RadioActive is KUOW's program for youth age 16-20ish. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

Voices Of Gentrification Paint A Picture Of A Changing Seattle

Aug 5, 2015
A mural on 20th Avenue in Seattle's Central District
KUOW Photo/Paul Kiefer

RadioActive's Paul Kiefer and Lola Garcia collect the voices of people affected by gentrification in Seattle to paint a picture of our changing city. 

RadioActive is KUOW's program for youth age 16-20ish. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

Tiny House Living Is More Than A Novelty

Aug 3, 2015
At Quixote Village in Olympia, previously homeless adults live in tiny (144 sq. foot interior) cottages.
KUOW Photo

With a growing population and the cost of living on the rise, RadioActive reporters Julia Furukawa and Jack  Paradise take a look into the world of tiny houses as a possible solution in today's podcast. Interviews with builders, owners and those that have benefited from the construction of tiny homes may have you thinking small.

Thanks to Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and Quixote Village.

RadioActive is KUOW's program for youth age 16-20ish. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

RadioActive Explores Minority Representation With Hari Kondabolu

Jul 31, 2015
KUOW Photo / Jenny Asarnow

Aisha Burka and Mimansa Dogra explore the representation of minorities in the media, and discuss what needs to be changed. Hear their interviews with Tani Ikeda, co-founder of imMEDIAte Justice, a program built to empower young women through film, and Hari Kondabolu, known for his politically and socially charged comedy. 

Sounds In The City: Can You Figure Them All Out?

Jul 30, 2015
Recording the "Guess That Sound" game in the KUOW studios
KUOW photo

In this episode, Lola Garcia and Jack Paradise explore the world of sound through games, interviews, a sound collage and more. Listen and enjoy!

'Hispanic Immigration': What Pops Up In Mind?

Jul 29, 2015
RadioActivians Gerardo Ramos and Rogelia Sanchez.
KUOW Photo

In the latest edition of the RadioActive podcast, Rogelia Sanchez and Gerardo Ramos hear from people about their perspectives on Hispanic immigration. They also ask their fellow RadioActive teammates what pops in their mind when they hear the phrase Hispanic immigration and they share responses to a speech from a presidential candidate who has a lot to say on the subject.

KUOW Photo/Paul Kiefer

RadioActive’s Julia Furukawa and Paul Kiefer delve into the often overlooked reality of hunger in contemporary America. Through a brief history lesson, a talk with University of Washington School of Public Health professor Donna Johnson and a small experiment, these journalists build a basic understanding of the origins and issues of modern food insecurity. 

RadioActive is KUOW's program for youth age 16-20ish. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

Hosts Mimansa Dogra and Jack Paradise get postmodern.
KUOW Photo/Lola Garcia

A self-aware postmodern painting finally sees itself as it truly is in this original radio play, "Red on White."

People With Depression: You Are Not Alone

Jul 23, 2015
Hosts Rogelia Sanchez and Lola Garcia.
KUOW Photo/Lola Garcia

Welcome to RadioActive's second podcast of summer 2015. We are talking about depression. We got some advice from a psychiatrist at the University of Washington and recorded personal experiences with depression that we'd like to share with you.

RadioActive Bites Into Food Culture

Jul 23, 2015
Julia Furukawa enjoying the RadioActive potluck
KUOW photo

In today's podcast, we explore the deep connection between food and culture. Jon Rubin of the Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh and the rest of the RadioActive team provide insight into that connection.

The Fresh Faces And Voices Of Public Radio In Seattle

Jul 21, 2015
RadioActive's 2015 summer workshop participants at Pike Place Market.
KUOW photo

New summer, fresh start! This is is our first podcast to let people get to know the 2015 RadioActive summer workshops participants. We interviewed ourselves and strangers, trying out our new journalism skills, and this is our first shot at making a podcast. Hope you enjoy!

RadioActive is KUOW's program for high school students. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

Welcome KUOW's Summer 2015 RadioActive Youth Producers

Jul 16, 2015
Welcome RadioActive's summer 2015 youth producers!
KUOW Photos/Staff

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our summer journalism workshop. Eight teens, aged 16-18, will spend six weeks learning what it means to be a journalist.

During that time, they'll gain the skills to create radio stories. They'll do all of the research, interviews, writing, voicing and editing to produce their own feature stories and podcasts on topics of their choice.

Cheers! 'RadioActive' Celebrates Recent Awards And A Premier

Jul 8, 2015
Kendra Hanna and Iman Mohamed record this month's 'RadioActive' podcast.
KUOW Photo/Ann Kane

It has been a good year for RadioActive! This month on our podcast, we premiere our new project, "Voices of Seattle," and celebrate the awards our stories have been given so far. So put on your fancy dress, get some sparkling apple cider and listen to this month’s podcast. Cheers! 

Voices of Youth Keep Lushootseed Language Alive

Jun 24, 2015
Maria Martin teaches Lushootseed to preschoolers at the Tulalip Montessori School.
KUOW Photo/Ben Gauld

In Maria Martin's preschool classroom at the Tulalip Montessori School, the children were learning to count to 10. 

"Two!" they shouted.

But this lesson wasn't in English. "In Lushootseed!" Martin instructed her class.

"Saliʔ!" their tiny voices rang out.

Krubel Amare shows off a head spin in the KUOW studio.
KUOW Photo / Sanda Htyte

When I’m break dancing, I feel free. That is the best feeling, when you don’t care what others think. You don’t care what you even think at that moment in time.

The League of Legends World Championship in 2012. In 2014, the World Championship attracted 27 million viewers.
Flickr Photo/Chris Yunker (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Click. Click. Clickclickclick. Click.

This is the sound of practice to Robert Chung. He’s moving a character around with a mouse, trying to kill minions for gold while avoiding his opponent.

He is part of a new generation of enthusiasts who play a new type of sport: competitive video gaming. Competitions are massive, filling up sports arenas and drawing millions more spectators online.  

Mack has lived on a houseboat in Seattle's Portage Bay since 1968.
KUOW Photo / Aubrey Gelpieryn

Around Mack's home, tulips are blooming and seagulls are flying. People kayak past his window.

Mack lives on a houseboat. Now 83, he has been floating on Seattle's Portage Bay since the Beatles released "Yellow Submarine."

Making Seattle Beats Since He Was 8 Years Old

Jun 1, 2015
Upendo Moore makes beats.
Courtesy of Upendo Moore

"Music is my life."

Upendo Moore finds it hard to go a day without wearing his headphones. He'll often put them on and make beats in class at Garfield High School, where he's a junior. 

Don't be fooled, though - Moore gets A's and B's. He is a very dedicated person, especially when it comes to music. "I wouldn't be able to live without it," he explained.

RadioActive Tests The Issues

May 28, 2015
Scantron test
Flickr Photo/biologycorner (CC-BY-NC-ND)

This month RadioActive is taking issues on the minds of many Seattleites. We’ll hear about standardized testing in the Seattle school district, diversity issues in the Tukwila school district and a profile of the first Islamophobia Awareness Day. Plus we'll hear about one woman’s experience as a reporter during the Sri Lankan civil war.

RadioActive is KUOW's program for youth age 16-20ish. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

Courtesy of Ayan Jama

The sun was peeking through the clouds on Saturday, April 25  at Victor Steinbreuck Park in downtown Seattle, where a crowd gathered to celebrate the first ever Islamophobia Awareness Day.

The event was created by a group of Muslim girls from Rainier Beach High School. 

Test pencil
Flickr Photo/mammal (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Superintendent Larry Nyland about the new state standardized test. 

Also, RadioActive reporter Ahlaam Ibraahim asks students what they think about the new test. 

A 'RadioActive' Showcase Of The Magic Of Writing

Mar 26, 2015
Flickr Photo/mpclemens (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Nothing is more powerful than the magic that comes from your mind, down your arm, through your fingertips, down your pen and onto the page. This month's RadioActive podcast features original science fiction and poetry create by youth. 

Hear from one young person vying to win the Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam at Town Hall Seattle on April 10. Plus, RadioActive's Sophie Ding talks to science fiction writer Joe Haldeman about why he still sits down to write every day, even when it's "crap." 

Welcome KUOW's Spring 2015 RadioActive Youth Producers

Mar 12, 2015
KUOW Photos/RadioActive Staff

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our spring journalism workshop. Six teens, aged 16-18, will spend 12 weeks learning what it means to be a journalist.

During that time, they'll gain the skills to create radio stories. They'll do all of the research, interviews, writing, voicing and editing to produce their own feature stories on topics of their choice.

RadioActive's Guide To Making Friends In New Places

Feb 26, 2015
Kendra Hanna recruiting members for the Kendra Needs Friends Club at the University of Washington
KUOW Photo/Iman Mohamed

February is known as a month to focus on love and romance, but in this month's podcast, we focus on the people you lean on year round: your friends! We hear what friendship means to preschoolers and retired people and a timeless story of teenage adventure. 

Plus, you don't want to miss our story about one girl's unusual attempt to make friends in a new place.

RadioActive is KUOW's program for high school students. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

Foster High School senior Nandina Cengic is a feminist, filmmaker and activist.
Courtesy of Jesenko Spahic

Do you hate men?

Nandina Cengic said she hears that question all the time. That's because the Foster High School senior tells people she is a feminist. As she puts it, people assume she's a "man hater," who's "trying to squander men."

"Which isn't true at all!" she said. 

PHOTOS: Amazing Sculptures Made By A Student Who 'Didn't Know What She Was Doing'

Jan 29, 2015
Courtesy of Amal Ahmed

What makes an artist? A high school art student inadvertently stumbled upon a technique to make ridiculously cool, award-winning sculptures -- using something you have lying around the house. Listen in to learn how. 

Plus, a 15-year-old sculptor ponders the dilemma between making art for himself and making the Disney princesses his classmates want to buy. 

RadioActive producer Jaylen Wheeler at a RadioActive listening party.
KUOW Photo / Jason Pagano

I’ve done this a million times: Wake up, get ready, drive to school.

At first, I hated getting up so early for school every day. It only made it worse that it took me an hour to get there. It would have been easier if it was five minutes away.

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