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.
'I wanted to make them prettier': One artist's yarn lends color to south King County
In a world of concrete and chain link that's overwhelmingly gray, the urge to beautify our communities isn't an uncommon one. But it takes a special kind of person to take the leap of actually doing something about it. RadioActive's Gideon Hall spoke to Christy Caravaglio, who, for the last four years, has been adding brilliant color to her local urban landscape.
Respect, empathy, and nonviolent communication: a look into Montessori teaching
Elly McCarthy is a teacher at Pacific Crest School, a Montessori school in Ballard. RadioActive’s McKenna Kilayko talked with Elly about practicing empathy-based communication and interaction in the classroom.
'It was like a typhoon striking': How Hong Kong's attitude toward protests has changed
In 2019, the streets of Hong Kong were filled with tear gas and umbrellas. But how did they get to that point, and what’s happening now? RadioActive’s Lucas Deng wanted to learn more about how protests have changed in Hong Kong over time. So he spoke with a family friend, Mr. Woo, who has lived in Hong Kong for most of his life.
'Music is medicine': How my dad’s relationship with music evolved with him
Music has always been important to Sam Jansons. When he was 16, he heard the drums in the Led Zeppelin song "Kashmir" and decided he wanted to play. Since then, he’s expanded to playing guitar, writing songs, and even messing around with his daughter's piano a bit. RadioActive’s Josie Jansons has this story about her dad, her family, and the role music plays in their lives.
Putting herself FIRST: one teen's experience on an all-gender robotics team
STEM career fields — science, technology, engineering and math — are traditionally male-dominated. But in FIRST robotics, Interlake High School senior Aparna Srinivasan finds community and belonging, despite the underrepresentation of women of color in robotics. RadioActive's Evelyn Jiang interviewed Aparna about her experience.
How my dad finds motivation, from Samoa to the States
When RadioActive's Terina Papatu pictures her dad, Failelei Papatu, she sees the motivated father of three young girls, a hard worker, and a proud Samoan. And she says his dedication to his family has only gotten stronger since moving to the United States. Terina has this story about her family.
‘I can take on the persona of someone else’: What four years of high school musical theater taught my best friend
Alika Khun recently graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, where she performed in the school’s musical theater program all four years. Looking back, she says her senior year experience was a lot different than her freshman year. RadioActive’s Kea Lani Diamond talked to Alika, and has more.
These Seattle teens organized to change 'inhumane' living conditions at their housing complex
Some residents of Jackson Park Village, a low-income housing community near Shoreline, say that it has 'inhumane' living conditions for the people — mostly families of color — who live there. Recently, young residents came together to organize for better living conditions by starting the Jackson Park Youth Coalition. RadioActive’s Sadeen Al Ziyad talked to her friend and neighbor Yerusalam Kamara who helped found the Coalition.
A RadioActive youth storytelling showcase
What can interviews with the people we care about tell us about humanity as a whole? Radioactive Youth Media invites you to listen to a one-hour storytelling showcase, originally broadcast on KUOW 94.9. Join Gideon Hall and Ada Walther on a voyage through time.
How my grandparents braved tragedy after immigrating to America, and what it means for me
Each person who chooses to immigrate to the United States brings their own unique story and set of circumstances. For Tae-Hyang and Nam-Sook Yu, that was taking a chance and moving from South Korea to the United States. The settled in Seattle, where they faced discrimination and prejudice for the sake of their daughters’ education. RadioActive’s Hayden Andersen has this story about his grandparents and his family history.
'Cool way to meet the love of your life': one woman's arranged marriage journey
Arranged marriage is common throughout India. Most married couples are set up by family, friends, or a matchmaker. But the practice isn't as common in the United States, where some people stereotype arranged marriages as unconventional or unloving. RadioActive’s Anjali Einstein talked to her family friend Dhana Viswanathan about her own experience with arranged marriage, and the beautiful love story that came out of the custom.
The often unheard Black journey: My great-great-grandmother’s migration story
Black Americans are often left out of American resettlement narratives. But many have rich stories pertaining to the Great Migration of the 20th century, during which Black families moved from the rural South to northern states in pursuit of a better life. RadioActive's Indigo Mays learned about the story of her great-great-grandmother, Rosie Short Robinson, as told through her grandmother Carol Chism.