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Stories produced by students participating in our youth media program. Meet the current youth producers, and learn more about the intensive, fun and free introductory radio journalism workshops we offer throughout the year. 

caption: A collage of portraits of the summer 2022 RadioActive youth producers. Top row from left: Ada Walther, Hayden Andersen, Micah Riggio, Lucas Deng, Anjali Einstein, Indigo Mays. Middle row: Evelyn Jiang, Idrissa Gaye, Josie Jansons, Terina Papatu, Dashiell Pinck, Sadeen Al Ziyad. Bottom row: Carter Ortiz, Caden LaMar, Kea Lani Diamond, McKenna Kilayko, Gideon Hall.
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A collage of portraits of the summer 2022 RadioActive youth producers. Top row from left: Ada Walther, Hayden Andersen, Micah Riggio, Lucas Deng, Anjali Einstein, Indigo Mays. Middle row: Evelyn Jiang, Idrissa Gaye, Josie Jansons, Terina Papatu, Dashiell Pinck, Sadeen Al Ziyad. Bottom row: Carter Ortiz, Caden LaMar, Kea Lani Diamond, McKenna Kilayko, Gideon Hall.
Credit: Collage by Kelsey Kupferer

Episodes

  • caption: Walnut Park residents gather as the FareStart mobile market is set up on September 16, 2022.

    'It's kept me alive': Kent residents rely on free farmers market in Walnut Park

    For the past seven months on Friday afternoons, residents of Kent’s Walnut Park neighborhood have been able to pick up fresh produce and dry goods from an outdoor market. And it’s all free. The Walnut Park market is one of four free mobile markets in South King County run by the non-profit FareStart. RadioActive’s Marian Mohamed talked with Walnut Park residents about what the market means to them.

  • caption: Nike Adejumobi, Nhu Tat and Mia Doan browse a booth in the Artist Alley at Emerald City Comic Con on Aug. 18, 2022.

    Embarking on an Epic Quest: What I learned at my first Comic Con

    Attendance numbers were almost back to pre-pandemic levels this year at Emerald City Comic Con, Seattle’s annual comic and pop culture convention. RadioActive’s Alayna Ly went to Comic Con for her first time, and brings us this audio postcard.

  • caption: Visitors stream through the main entrance to Pike Place Market in August 2022.

    ‘A coral reef for local businesses’: Pike Place Market celebrates 115 years

    This August, Seattle’s Pike Place Market celebrated its 115th birthday. Since 1907, the iconic market has been home to small businesses, street-performing musicians, fish throwing, fresh produce, and even the first-ever Starbucks. RadioActive’s Antonio Nevarez went to Pike Place Market to talk to tourists, regulars, and store owners about the Market today.

  • caption: A collage of portraits of the summer 2022 RadioActive youth producers. Top row from left: Ada Walther, Hayden Andersen, Micah Riggio, Lucas Deng, Anjali Einstein, Indigo Mays. Middle row: Evelyn Jiang, Idrissa Gaye, Josie Jansons, Terina Papatu, Dashiell Pinck, Sadeen Al Ziyad. Bottom row: Carter Ortiz, Caden LaMar, Kea Lani Diamond, McKenna Kilayko, Gideon Hall.

    Meet KUOW's summer 2022 RadioActive youth producers

    KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our 19th annual summer introductory workshop for teens. In our first hybrid in-person and virtual workshop, seventeen teens, aged 15-18, spent one week learning about radio journalism and audio storytelling.

  • caption: Teen library volunteer Shilten Kenzhegazy holds up the map she made in a King County Library System online workshop hosted by the Federal Way Library Teen Advisory Group in May 2021.

    Teens volunteers bring the magic of the library online

    When you think about libraries, you might picture the maze of bookshelves, the tables and chairs. Or maybe even the squeak of an ungreased wheel as a librarian walks by with a book cart. All that went away when the pandemic hit. But teenagers in King County eventually found a new way to hang out at the library. RadioActive Youth Media’s Emily Chua has more.

  • caption: RadioActive Youth Producer Lily Turner poses with Roosevelt junior Maxford Brown.

    'Missing out.' Some students with disabilities felt left behind during online schooling

    For many students with disabilities, online classes during the pandemic came with new challenges, and a loss of their usual, face-to-face classroom support. KUOW Radio Active Youth Producer Lily Turner, who is deaf in one ear and has trouble hearing in the other, has this story about lessons learned during the pandemic and how schools can do better to make sure all students can fully participate.

  • caption: From left: Bill Thieleman, Madi Goldstein, and Eridon Stewart.

    Pride and joy, more than 50 years in the making

    It’s Pride Month, and thousands of people of all ages are participating in LGBTQ Pride events across the region. RadioActive Youth Media’s Lyn Strober-Cohen looked into how the queer experience has changed — and stayed the same — over the decades.

  • caption: For Micky Randolph, fashion plays a major role in their self expression. In their home state of South Carolina, Randolph would feel uncomfortable wearing a skirt in public. In Seattle, they can wear one with pride.

    'I really appreciate you being there for me': The importance of LGBTQ role models

    It's become a lot more common for young LGBTQ people to see themselves represented in media. Just look at the variety of streaming shows right now with "Gentleman Jack," "Heartstopper," and "RuPaul's Drag Race." These are programs where people can see themselves, and their potential future, represented and celebrated. But just because you see a part of yourself represented on the big screen, doesn't mean you feel welcome within your own community.

  • caption: The RadioActive 2022 Advanced Producers. Top row from left: Eva Solorio, Antonio Nevarez, Adar Abdi, Jennifer Nguyen. Middle row: Rhea Beecher, Rahmah Abdulazeez, Emily Chua, Colin Yuen. Bottom row: Alayna Ly, Najuma Abadir, Lyn Strober-Cohen, Morgen White.

    Meet RadioActive's 2022 advanced youth producers

    KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our Advanced Radio Journalism Workshop. Twelve graduates of our Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop are spending the spring with KUOW, and gaining advanced communications, audio production, and journalism skills.

  • caption: Jakha Tunkara is one of two million high school graduates in the US that entered college this fall.

    High school didn’t prepare my sister for college. But hard work got her there

    Around two million high school graduates go on to attend college each year in the United States. Jakha Tunkara is a recent high school graduate who feels that the school system failed to properly prepare her for college. RadioActive's Muhammad Tunkara talks with his sister Jakha about the obstacles she faced.