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Caption: Cayden Harmon, age 15, in his bedroom, Credit: Nina Tran
Image by: Nina Tran 
Cayden Harmon, age 15, in his bedroom 

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

From: RadioActive Youth Media
Series: RadioActive: Summer 2012
Length: 14:06

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Cayden Harmon grew up like most little boys. He always dreamed of growing a moustache. But, ever since he could remember, Cayden also always knew he was born in the wrong body – a biologically female one. Now, at age 15, he’s come out transgender and he's going to transform his body into a male one. Radioactive’s Nina Tran (age 16) shares Cayden's story.

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Review of What are Little Boys Made Of?

A great story that cracks the door open on the reality of the transgendered transition. I could easily picture Cayden's room, his smile, and his childhood. Good use of scene setting and clip choice, with easy flowing writing and fantastic audio quality. My only gripes are that the story got a bit wordy in the middle and lost the charm of Cayden's everyday life. If Nina could have talked to Cayden's doctor or "showed" us instead of "telling," this story would have been darn near perfect. This is a very solid longer form human-driven piece that would fit nicely into a sexuality, youth focused, or gender issues show. A great exploration of an under-covered topic and well worth a listen.

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HOST LEDE:

Cayden Harmon grew up like most little boys. He always dreamed of growing a moustache. But, ever since he could remember, Cayden also always knew he was born in the wrong body – a biologically female one. Now, at age 15, he’s going through a procedure to alter his body. Youth producer Nina Tran has more.

AUDIO TRANSCRIPT:

Nina: Explain aloud just what you’re doing.

Cayden: Uh, well I’m getting all my needles and my syringes and everything ready. Okay… this is my first time doing it at home.

Cayden harmon is injecting the male hormone, tesosterone into his thigh in an attempt to transform his body.

Nina: Explain what testosterone is and like what it does

Cayden: Estrogen is the female hormone and testosterone is the male harmone. Basically what testosterone does is it just cancels out the estrogen and then it gives you the male hormone so you end up getting manlier and...
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NEEDS HOST LEDE:

Cayden Harmon grew up like most little boys. He always dreamed of growing a moustache. But, ever since he could remember, Cayden also always knew he was born in the wrong body – a biologically female one. Now, at age 15, he’s going through a procedure to alter his body. Youth producer Nina Tran has more.

HOST OUTRO:
Nina Tran is a youth producer at RadioActive from KUOW Public Radio in Seattle.

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