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Ugaaso Abukar Boocow has become an Instagram sensation by sending out stunning visual messages from an unlikely place: poor, suffering Somalia.

She was just a toddler when her grandmother fled with her to Canada to escape Somalia's civil war, leaving her mother behind.

Then last year, she decided to go back, moving to the capital, Mogadishu, and reuniting with her mother, whom she hadn't seen in over two decades.

A 'RadioActive' Showcase Of The Magic Of Writing

Mar 26, 2015
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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 John Haldeman about why he still sits down to write every day, even when it's "crap." 

Emcee Scott Berkun at Ignite 26 on Feb. 18, 2015, at Seattle's Town Hall.
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The Ignite series started here in Seattle in 2006, but has expanded to over 100 countries. Each Ignite event gives you the chance to talk about something that inspires you.

What’s the catch? You have to do it in five minutes on the stage at a packed Town Hall. Their motto is: “Enlighten us, but make it quick!”

Justin Huertas, center, and fellow "Lizard Boy" cast members William A. Williams and Kirsten deLohr Helland.
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Justin Huertas is one of those people who seemingly can do everything.

Only in his mid-20s, he’s already been a musician with the national tour of the hit Broadway show "Spring Awakening." He’s also performed Shakespeare and musical theater.

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Marcie Sillman talks with book hugger Nancy Pearl about her pick of the week: a first novel by author Rebcecca Scherm titled, "Unbecoming."

China.org.cn, China's national online news service, is reporting that the country's General Administration of Sport and Ministry of Culture are planning to regulate outdoor square-dancing in China. The news website says the government has introduced 12 "choreographed practices" for dancers.

Newlywed bride and groom stepping into car, circa 1955.  Sign in front passenger side window reads "Hold Her Tight."
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Seattle is a young city, young enough that most of its history can be traced through photographs.

Until recently though, most of those photos have been official portraits or documentation of public works projects like the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Musician Kim Gordon at La Route du Rock 2007
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Seattleites turned out in force recently to hear from and ask questions of alt-rock deity Kim Gordon. Gordon is a musician, artist, record producer and one of the founders of the band Sonic Youth.

Inspired by post-punk, avant-garde and no wave bands of the 1970s, Sonic Youth created an unconventional sound marked by dissonance, feedback and alternate tunings that helped change how rock was defined.

A cast of characters from Washington’s TV and film industry descended on Olympia Tuesday seeking an expanded tax credit for the film industry.

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Marcie Sillman speaks with librarian Nancy Pearl about a new collection of short stories that caught her eye: "Single, Carefree, Mellow," by Katherine Heiny.

A still from the trailer for "Kill Team."
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Marcie Sillman talks with filmmaker Dan Krauss about his new documentary, "The Kill Team." The film features the story of Private Adam Winfield, who attempted to warn the military of war crimes against innocent civilians in Afghanistan. He later plead guilty to involvement in a killing and was sentenced for three years in prison.

Cheryl Stumbo at TEDx Seattle in 2013.
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Marcie Sillman interviews Cheryl Stumbo, the subject of a short documentary film called "The Accidental Activist" premiering at Seattle's Jewish Film Festival. Stumbo became an activist for gun control after being wounded in the 2006 shooting at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. 

Jimi Hendrix in 1967.
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Jeannie Yandel talks with music historian and Jimi Hendrix biographer Charles Cross about a collection of early songs featuring Hendrix getting an official re-release.

Picture yourself standing at a bus station in Nairobi, Kenya. The unwritten rule is that none of these minibuses (shared taxis, called matatus) will leave until they have enough passengers. That can be around 20 or more people. So every matatu has a tout shouting at top volume — even banging on the side of the bus — to corral more customers.

All of a sudden, what looks like a discotheque on wheels pulls up.

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