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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 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
Leija Farr, Seattle's new youth poet laureate, calls poetry a form of "self-healing."
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

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.

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.