youth produced

RadioActive Youth Media
1:27 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

African Americans And Native Speakers Keep Swahili Language Alive

RadioActive Youth Producer Leija Farr
Credit KUOW Photo

RadioActive’s Leija Farr grew up celebrating Kwanzaa, the year-end celebration that started in 1966 as a way for African Americans to connect with their African heritage. The Swahili language is at the heart of the celebration. As Leija discovered, that language connects her with new immigrants from parts of Africa. Like Leija’s community, native speakers are grappling with how to keep the language going. Here’s Leija’s story, in her own words.

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

The Idea Of A Better Future Keeps Teen Mom Going

Gabby Saechao gave birth to her son Aiden when she was 19.
Courtesy of Gabby Saechao

Gabby Saechao was in her first year of college when she heard those two dreaded words: “You’re pregnant.”

At first she was in denial, but there was no hiding it. "My mom knew straight away; she was really suspicious," Saechao said.

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RadioActive Youth Media
1:28 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Life Of A Sneakerhead: One To Rock, One To Stock

RadioActive youth reporter Mohamed Mohamed is a self-described sneakerhead. Here he poses with his RadioActive workshop diploma and one of his pairs of kicks.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Hieu Phan, 18, is a “sneakerhead” – he collects shoes that are rare and have trading value.

Phan remembers watching reruns of the Olympics with his dad when he was very young. When Michael Jordan was on the bench lacing up his sneakers in the second quarter, his shoes caught Phan's eyes. It was a special moment for him, but not as special as when he finally got his own pair of the same shoes Jordan had been wearing: Air Jordan Olympic 7.

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Working In The Catacombs
10:37 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Under The Streets Of Naples, A Way Out For Local Kids

In the restored San Gennaro catacombs, mosaics like this are lit with high-tech lighting paid for by grants from big corporations.
Courtesy of the San Gennaro Catacombs

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 5:20 pm

For decades, the streets of Naples have been menaced by the Camorra mafia — stroll the streets of Sanità, an inner-city neighborhood, and you'll overhear pop songs like O Panar e Drog, featuring a singer boasting about buying and using "a breadbasket full" of drugs off Sanità's streets.

But underneath those cobblestones lies a gem of early Christian art: The Catacombs of San Gennaro. Now, a local priest is trying to bring the mafia and the art together.

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Social Health
2:39 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Long-Term Consequences Of Teen Gang Memberships

Credit Flickr Photo/David Cosand (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with researcher Amanda Gilman about the long-term consequences of teenage gang membership. Gilman is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

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
9:38 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Finding Peace: From Ethiopian Refugee To United States Citizen

Nigisti Hailemariam in her Seattle home.
KUOW Photo/Yafiet Bezabih

Nigisti Hailemariam has been in the United States for over 20 years. She has two kids, a stable job, and a red Honda outside her three-bedroom apartment. But life wasn't always this peaceful for Nigisti. RadioActive youth producer Yafiet Bezabih tells the story of his mother's journey.

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Youth Produced
2:40 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Episode 38: Introducing The Newest RadioActivians

RadioActive's spring 2013 workshop. Clockwise from left: Program Producer Jenny Asarnow, Youth Producers Varun Dhananjaya, Riley Guttman and Nolwenn Delisle, KUOW Senior Editor Jim Gates, April show host Ann Kane, Youth Producer Yafiet Bezabih, Program Producer Lila Kitaeff.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

RadioActive hosts Sarah Rosenthal and Ann Kane bring you stories created by the newest generation of RadioActivians. They reported these stories as part of RadioActive's 2013 spring workshop:

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Human Trafficking
11:15 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Episode 37: Human Trafficking In Our Backyard

Yasmin Christopher's family was enslaved by her father when she was 4 years old.
Courtesy of Yasmin Christopher

This month, hosts Sarah Rosenthal and Kamna Shastri bring you stories about the reality of human trafficking in the Seattle area.

First we hear from Kathleen Morris, an advocate for trafficking survivors with the International Rescue Committee. She tells us what human trafficking is and what to look for in a trafficking situation. Then we hear an incredible story from Yasmin Christopher, a law student at Seattle University whose family was trafficked to rural Grays Harbor County from Bangladesh. Finally, RadioActive reporter Katherine Sims brings us to Westlake Center in downtown Seattle where a vigil is held once a month to stand up against human trafficking. She talks to one high school student, Emily Kubota, who has been going to the vigil for two years.

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RadioActive at South Park
12:15 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Teen Kicked Out Of His House At Age Seventeen

It started with an argument.

Marcus McGuire, 17, asked his mom if his girlfriend could come over to the house. His mom said no and Marcus remembers his mom referring to his girlfriend as a "broad."

Marcus says he snapped.

He started yelling and before long it was World War III. Marcus's mom eventually kicked him out of the house.

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RadioActive at South Park
11:13 am
Tue December 18, 2012

15-Year-Old Girl: My Candles Burned Down My Home

Dulce's bedroom after the fire
Credit Dulce Saucedo

Lighting a few candles may not seem like a big deal. But for RadioActive youth producer Dulce Saucedo, lighting candles one night when she was 15 years old meant losing her family's home in Seattle's South Park neighborhood. Dulce, now 16, shares this meditation on the night when she lost everything she owned.

When my house burned down I knew in that moment that my life was going to change. That everything wasn't going to be the same anymore.

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RadioActive at South Park
10:54 am
Tue December 18, 2012

VIDEO: Hip-Hop Poet Laura "Piece" Kelley

Laura "Piece" Kelley is a Seattle hip-hop artist, poet and educator who encourages young people to create music that expresses their lived experiences. A self-described single mom, high school dropout with no college education, she's worked with household names such as Drake, T.I., and KRS-One, and she once read a poem for the Dalai Lama himself.

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