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How we realized we needed to question other people's biases

Aug 16, 2018
Early in her career as a college administrator, Yoshiko Harden gave a professional presentation and this is the response she got. Her daughter, Leila Abe, interviews her for this podcast
KUOW PHOTO

Everyday we encounter things we don’t question and just accept. Things like stop signs: why are they octagons? And fire trucks: why are they red? At first, these things don’t seem significant, but do they give us an inside view on how we see the rest of the world?

Take awkward social interactions, for example. How do we know if they're awkward because of race? In this RadioActive podcast, we explore the concepts of implicit bias and social behavior, and how that plays out for different people in everyday life.

Justin Velasco and Sophie Poole
KUOW Photo/Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

Bill Radke talks to two local student activists about how they were inspired to organize. We talk to Justin Velasco, who helped found the Seattle chapter of Students Demand Action, and Sophie Poole, who helped organize a student walkout at Mercer Island High School.

Back to school in the age of school shootings

Aug 14, 2018
KUOW Photo / Braeden Swanson

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida sparked a youth movement for change across the nation. In part two of our School Shootings in America podcast, we speak to teens in Seattle to see how they’ve been inspired to take action, and why this event was different than the ones before.

Why now? What inspired these students to get involved in one of the nation’s most controversial policy debates, and what keeps them going? 


Six months after Parkland: 'Even to this day, it doesn’t feel real'

Aug 9, 2018
Kaylee Nezwek (left) with Danielle Gilbert (right), ready for senior year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Courtesy of Danielle Gilbert

School shootings have been a horrifying reality in the United States for far too long. However, after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, things began to change.

In the first episode of this two part podcast, we will hear what happened on the day of the Parkland shooting from two survivors, Danielle Gilbert and Monique Miquel. They share humanizing details that push us to remember that even though this is their story, it could have been any of ours.


How rap moved to SoundCloud from the streets

Aug 7, 2018
RadioActive's Tre'vion Sinclair, Kenny Ou and Joshua Fernandes go to meet Dave Sandlund at Neptune Music in the University District.
KUOW PHOTO

We know what rap is today, but not everyone knows where it came from and how it started. Today we will discuss rap and its evolution. Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy, Tupac, Kanye West and Lil Pump — by looking at these artists and their music, we can see that rap has changed over the years.


Sneak peek: New RadioActive podcast season

Aug 6, 2018
RadioActive's Kenny Ou in the studio.
KUOW PHOTO

Twenty teens from Seattle and beyond have spent their summer at KUOW and Jack Straw Cultural Center creating podcasts and radio stories. They interviewed drag queens, immersed themselves in the history of modern rap, and talked with survivors of the Parkland shooting. 

KUOW Graphic/Kristin Leong

RadioActive Listening Party
Saturday, August 25
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Impact Hub Seattle
Free with RSVP

Join KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media for an afternoon of unforgettable storytelling and celebration.

The author (left) with his sister. They were adopted from South Korea by white parents.
KUOW PHOTO/Brian Freeland

I've always known I was adopted because I have white parents. 

In school, people talked about what traits they got from each of their parents: their eyes from their mom, their hair from their dad, their personality a mix of both. I envied them.


The author (left) with his friends, discussing the ways food has brought them closer together through the years.
KUOW PHOTO/Patrick Liu

The popularity of cooking shows, food photography, and fine dining testifies to the fact that  in today’s culture our need to eat goes far beyond satisfying a daily nutrition quota. In this four-part podcast, RadioActive’s Patrick Liu delves into a series of vignettes that collectively explore the emotional significance that food brings to the table.


The author, Alivia Thrift. In her junior year, Livi and her mom struggled to pay rent. She left school so she could work more.
KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

It's graduation season, and while many are donning their caps and gowns, others are taking a different path. Like me.

I've spent the spring trying to learn how getting a GED may impact my future.


The author, Maya Konz. She is a high school senior with ADHD and anxiety.
KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

I am 18 years old, and I have a condition where I am very hyper aware of things. I have ADHD and anxiety, so my attention span is very limited.

I'm not really sure how to describe anxiety, but I know the feeling.


Rhiannon Rasaretnam scribbles notes for her speech for Seattle's March for Our Lives before she goes on stage.
KUOW PHOTO/ALIYAH MUSALIAR

In March, thousands of students took to the streets of Seattle to protest gun violence. March for Our Lives was organized by everyday high school students who aren't Nobel Peace Prize winners like Malala. My friend, Rhiannon Rasaretnam, is one of them. 

When I saw Rhiannon behind the stage, seconds before giving a final call for action at Seattle's March for Our Lives, she was hastily finishing up her speech.


KUOW PHOTO/Diego Villarroel

There are only about 125 doctors across the country who perform heart surgery on children and babies.

Mike McMullan is one of them. He works at Seattle Children's Hospital and has spent his whole career operating on the hearts of children. 


The good, young days: Nostalgia’s effect on college-bound seniors

Apr 19, 2018
RadioActive's Maya Konz (left), Zeytun Ahmed, and Patrick Liu (right). They are now high school seniors about to graduate and go off to college.
KUOW/ZEYTUN AHMED

Nostalgia — that universal bittersweet longing for times gone by — hits hardest during our most important life transitions. But how does nostalgia arise? And can it ever go too far?

In this discussion, Maya Konz and Patrick Liu delve into the origin, psychology and unique effects of nostalgia, especially for high school seniors on the dramatic verge between childhood and adulthood.


Coming out of the broom closet: Real life witches

Apr 5, 2018
KUOW PHOTO/Zuheera Ali

Are you a fan of "Harry Potter"? Or maybe Sabrina the Teenage Witch? Ever wonder if witchcraft actually involves a wand and broom?

Witch culture is everywhere, from 1990s sitcoms to Halloween costumes. Often, what’s left out of the equation is input from real witches.

We headed down to our local occult store, Edge of the Circle Books, to learn about actual witchcraft practices, cultural differences and witches' takes on media representation.


Is the life of a private eye all it's cracked up to be?

Mar 22, 2018
KUOW PHOTO/Surya Hendry

Imagine being a private eye. Sitting behind your dimly lit desk, the glow of streetlights creeping in through the window shades. Rain softly falling outside. Suddenly, there’s a crash of thunder. Someone bursts through the door —  there’s been a murder. And you’re on the case.

Isn't that how it works when you're a private eye? Maybe not.


Welcome KUOW's 2018 RadioActive advanced youth producers

Feb 16, 2018
KUOW

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our advanced journalism workshop. Ten graduates of our introduction to journalism workshop will spend the spring at KUOW.

During that time, they will gain advanced audio production and journalism skills as well as experience in community engagement. Our editorial team will do all of the research, interviews, writing, voicing and editing to produce their own feature stories and podcasts on topics of their choice. Our community engagement team will connect with our audience through social media and events.

Refugee youth share funny stories about life in America

Feb 13, 2018
KUOW PHOTO/Lila Kitaeff

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media partnered with the Coalition for Refugees from Burma to run a six-week podcasting workshop with refugee youth at Kent-Meridian High School.

Here, RadioActive's Alivia Thrift, one of the workshop mentors, shares highlights from each of the podcasts.


Read these lyrics about regret from incarcerated youth

Feb 1, 2018
KUOW PHOTO/Lila Kitaeff

Two young men created this song at the Echo Glen Children's Center, a maximum security facility in Snoqualmie, in a series of workshops with RadioActive Youth Media. This was RadioActive's first workshop at Echo Glen.


When is it okay to joke about death?

Jan 10, 2018
FLICKR PHOTO/Andy Wright (CC BY 2.0)/http://bit.ly/2mgLtRD

Death is a heavy topic, but sometimes it's still okay to joke about it. In this episode of the RadioActive podcast, Zeytun Ahmed and Patrick Liu explore when it's appropriate to make jokes about death and how morbid humor can actually be valuable.

 

 


My grandma’s first kiss happened in a Chilean prison

Dec 13, 2017
KUOW Photo / Diego Villarroel

September 11, 1973, was the day everything changed for my grandmother, Beatriz Alvarez. She was attending university in Santiago, Chile, on her way to becoming a history teacher.


KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

It's Monday evening. My mom, my dad, and I are sitting at the dinner table with our eyes trained on the computer screen in front of us.

I say hello in Chinese: “Nǐmen hǎo!”

"Āi!" my grandma replies.

I see my mom's three older sisters and my grandma eating brunch in Tianjin, China. We're eating dinner in Redmond, Washington. They tease us for eating Costco dumplings and flaunt their own homemade ones. 


Milagros Ortiz holds a photo of herself as a child at her home in Vancouver, British Columbia.
KUOW Photo/Isabella Ortiz

My great aunt, Milagros Ortiz, has an air about her that's warm and calm. Her laugh is loud, and when she speaks, it's right to your soul.

In her house in British Columbia, we listen to traditional dance music she recorded when she visited Nicaragua a few years ago. It's a place she has mixed feelings about because "pain is there." But there's also resilience and joy, my Tia (aunt in her native language, Spanish) tells me.


Cooking curry is my mom's feminist act

Nov 15, 2017
Neelima Musaliar (L) learned to cook as a prerequisite for an arranged marriage. Now she's teaching her daughter Aliyah (R) to cook to show her that she doesn't need to stir the pot for anyone other than herself.
KUOW Photo / Aliyah Musaliar

I’m the worst cook.

Actually, I'm worse than the worst. I’m the kid who burnt cereal because I thought microwaving Cocoa Puffs would result in a more melty-chocolate flavor.


Does Allah hate me because I'm queer?

Nov 8, 2017
Courtesy of Saara Majid

"Bismillāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm. Al ḥamdu lillāhi rabbi l-‘ālamīn. Ar raḥmāni r-raḥīm."

"I pray all the time throughout the day," Saara Majid, a 25-year-old Muslim, told me. "I always have my prayer beads on me. They're my sense of security." 


This 63-year-old could lift a baby elephant

Nov 1, 2017
Alma Kimura, 63, powerlifts at Seattle Strength and Power on 3rd Ave., in Seattle. Kimura started powerlifting at age 58.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Five years ago Alma Kimura was a successful lawyer. She played tennis every Thursday and was a part of a book club.

Then one of her tennis partners suggested she try another sport. Alma, 58 at the time, figured it would be good for her health. So she gave powerlifting a try.


Abay Estifanos

When I see a set of stairs or a bench at a plaza, I think of the tricks I want to do on them.

It’s like, I have to land this trick.

And I'm not the only one who thinks that way.


'I'm so trans. Like the transest you can get.'

Oct 18, 2017
KUOW Photo / Megan Farmer

“I’ve been so lucky,” my friend Graham Blair said. “It’s not like this for most trans people.”


Why was I taught sex ed by a man who uses the word 'slut'?

Oct 12, 2017
Credit: Prelinger Archives. https://archive.org/details/parent_to_child_about_sex

Sex is everywhere. But many people still think teens aren’t ready to handle the #Truth.

RadioActive takes a look into how we value and define virginity, and the push for abstinence-only education.


Bhangra and skateboarding: 'I can do my own thing and that’s fine with me'

Oct 4, 2017
Flickr photo / joellofving https://flic.kr/p/8bouzQ

Two stories on our podcast this week about Seattleites breaking free and breaking stereotypes:

  • Jesse Weinstock is an avid skater. “Most of my best friends I met through skateboarding. My oldest friend, Andy, I met on the first day of seventh grade. I was like, 'You have a skate shirt on, do you skate?' We’ve been friends now for 30 years.” 
  • Ashveen Matharu has been dancing Bhangra since middle school (she recently graduated high school). “I was motivated to dance Bhangra because it’s a stereotype for girls not to dance Bhangra.” 


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