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RadioActive

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: RadioActive youth producers working together at KUOW and on Zoom in 2022.

    RadioActive's 2022 through stories by teens

    RadioActive youth producers published 38 audio stories in 2022. The stories range from news stories about the foster care system, school lunch and disability rights, to fictional audio dramas. The thing they all have in common? Each story was produced by a Seattle-area teen.

  • caption: Top row from left: Hayden Andersen, Kea Lani Diamond and Indigo Mays. Bottom row: Carter Ortiz, McKenna Kilayko and Dash Pinck.

    Meet the fall 2022 RadioActive youth podcast producers

    KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer an advanced podcasting workshop to six graduates of our Introduction to Radio Journalism Workshop. These teens have spent the fall at KUOW gaining advanced communications, audio production and journalism skills, all while producing two podcast episodes.

  • caption: In this stock photo, a young adult wearing a t-shirt sits in a darkened podcast recording studio.

    We need to think about the ethics of true crime

    People seem to love crime content. But is it ethical? RadioActive's Alayna Ly, Morgen White, and Colin Yuen talked to listeners, creators, and media ethicists to find out.

  • caption: RadioActive's Antonio Nevarez receives the Excellence in Student Journalism Award from NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists on Saturday, September 10, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.

    RadioActive honored with five national awards in 2022

    KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is where youth discover public radio journalism, gain access to skills and resources to help them grow as media makers, and share their voice. This year, four stories produced by young people in the program were recognized with five national awards.

  • caption: An illustration representing the faces of the podcast hosts floating among the clouds. From left: Najuma Abadir, Jennifer Nguyen, and Adar Abdi.

    What do your dreams mean to you?

    Why do we dream? Are there any hidden or underlying messages in our dreams? How does our culture affect the way we talk about dreams? Najuma Abadir, Adar Abdi and Jennifer Nguyen asked around in this dreamy episode of the RadioActive podcast.

  • caption: Heena Vahora smiles in front of a mural in White Center, Washington.

    Food for thought: Embracing culture in the kitchen

    RadioActive's Adar Abdi and her friend Heena Vahora love food — cooking it, eating it and talking about it. They're also both first-generation Americans, who say they know the feeling of being the odd one out. In this conversation, the two discuss culture, diversity, family and the beauty of food — all while cooking together.

  • caption: An illustration of an iPhone on a hot pink background with pixelated hearts. The iPhone is playing the song "As It Was" by Harry Styles, and two text messages read: "Missed connections: Romance in quarantine" and "By Jennifer Nguyen."

    Fiction: Love online in the time of Covid-19

    In this fictional audio drama by RadioActive's Jennifer Nguyen, two teens meet and fall for each other online during the pandemic. But connecting in real life is much harder.