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RadioActive Youth Media
12:08 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Welcome KUOW's Spring 2014 RadioActive Youth Producers

Leija Farr, Sophomore, Cleveland High School
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.

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RadioActive Podcast
9:20 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Stepping Outside Of The Box, And Onto The Stage

Zerrin McLaughlin performs as Columbia in the Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast.
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.

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RadioActive Youth Media
8:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Deep Dark Secrets Of The (Orchestra) Pit

Maeve McIver-Sheridan in Shorecrest High School's instrument storage room. She plays in pit orchestras.
Credit 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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Homelessness
11:35 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Concerns Of A Homeless Student: Math, Graduation, Clean Clothes

Kyra MacFarlane has lost her home dozens of time.
Credit 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.

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RadioActive Youth Media
8:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Teacher Finds "Deep-Rooted, Soul-Bearing" Joy In His Work

Andy Giron is a teacher at Foster High School in Tukwila, Wash.
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.

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RadioActive Youth Media
6:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Why Ridwan, 16, Pretended He Was Allergic to Pork

Ridwan Abdirahman, a sophomore at an online high school, kept a secret from his friends for years.
Credit 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.

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RadioActive Youth Media
2:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Tough Stories With Happy Endings: Religious Tension, A Pregnant Immigrant, And Youth Homelessness

Ridwan had a secret he was keeping from his friends.
KUOW Photo/Iman Mohamed

Stories from the newest RadioActive youth producers delve into the personal struggles of a boy scared to reveal his religion to his friends, a single immigrant mother, and a girl who is getting back on track academically after having her life derailed by homelessness.

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:25 am
Fri November 22, 2013

A Cheez-It Feast, And Other Reasons To Be Thankful

Hosts Yafiet Bezabih and Maddie Ewbank ready with their edible sound effects.
KUOW Photo/Jenny Asarnow

RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih and Maddie Ewbank challenge our chef-in-residence Sarah Rosenthal to make a Thanksgiving meal out of mac and cheese, Oreos, Cheez-Its, salsa, and more cheese. Plus, hear the story of an inspirational nun from India: Sister Lucy Kurien helps thousands of destitute women and children through her organization, Maher.

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:39 am
Fri November 1, 2013

How We Averted A Shutdown At RadioActive, AKA Our Coverage Of Election 2013

RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih and Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray.
Courtesy of Real Change News/Wes Sauer

In this month’s RadioActive podcast, hosts Isaac Noren and Nina Tran narrowly avert a beverage-related shutdown of podcast production. Plus, RadioActive youth reporters bring you coverage of the local election:

  • Kendra Hanna finds that people on the street in the University District support Initiative 522 to label genetically modified food.
  • Halle Bills goes to one of the coolest candidate forums ever: Washington Bus' Candidate Survivor. Hear Seattle’s mayoral candidates make up haiku. They’re not so bad!
  • Last but not least, Yafiet Bezabih fills you in on Seattle’s mayoral election, including an exclusive interview with one of the candidates, State Sen. Ed Murray.

Find more KUOW coverage at our Elections 2013 page.

Thank you to Real Change for sharing the photo of Ed Murray and Yafiet Bezabih. Check out their coverage of the Seattle mayoral race here.

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
5:46 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Welcome KUOW's Fall 2013 RadioActive Youth Producers

Hassan Abdi, Junior, Foster High School
KUOW photo/RadioActive staff

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer a fall journalism workshop in West Seattle, in partnership with Neighborhood House - High Point, a center for anti-poverty community services. Six students, age 16-19, will spend ten weeks learning what it means to be a journalist. During that time, they will pitch, interview, edit and write their own feature stories for KUOW.org.

Hassan Abdi, Junior, Foster High School

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:18 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Young And Undocumented In America

For some time now, University of Washington, Bothell, sophomore Alejandra has been giving back to the undocumented immigrant community by helping students get through the college scholarship process.

There are about 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States today. Nearly three million are 24 or younger like Alejandra.

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RadioActive Youth Media
1:46 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

High School Play Challenges A Family To Forgive

Trent Selland played death row inmate Matthew Poncelet in Bishop Blanchet High School's production of "Dead Man Walking."
Courtesy of Trent Selland

Darlene Selland still remembers the day she found out: the knock, being told to sit down. Her niece Tiffany had been murdered. For a long time, she and her family wanted the man responsible to die. Now, thanks to a high school play, they're not so sure.

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RadioActive Youth Media
3:39 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Graduate Says Hazing Is A Part Of Garfield High School Tradition

Garfield High School in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Joe Wolf

When Seattle Police officers and Garfield High School Principal Ted Howard arrived at the Arboretum last Friday afternoon, they found more than 100 Garfield students drinking hard alcohol and beer, dressed up in diapers, covered in shoe polish and being paddled by boards or pelted with eggs.

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RadioActive Youth Media
9:35 am
Mon September 30, 2013

This is RadioActive Flight 9-26 with service to Chennai, Brussels, and Barbados.

Potter WInston Paul, at his studio in Chalky Mount, Barbados
Sarah Kane

This month RadioActive hosts Sarah Rosenthal and Ann Kane take you on a trip around the world.

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:13 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Lifelong Smoker Goes Into Extra Innings In His Fight Against "Mr. C"

Jon Nyberg maintains a positive attitude while he battles a cancerous lump in his throat.
Courtesy of Susan Ewbank

How do we own up to our own mortality? RadioActive reporter Madeline Ewbank tells the story of one man's baseball game against cancer and the odds stacked against him.

Jon Nyberg is sitting out on my porch, watching the sunset and working on the latest New York Times Sunday puzzle. Fifty-two down: wake-up times, for short. He's proud of the grizzled chin and the head of wispy, gray hair he's been growing, a look his friend likes to call "the Amish experiment." But his skin hangs off his bones like his cigarette hangs off his lips.

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