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The COLA Connection Crew's first live show of this school year!

  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: 19:42
Caption: Lambert House, Summer 2016, just after a water balloon fight., Credit: KUOW PHOTO/AMY STYER
On Seattle's Capitol Hill, the Lambert House is a space where queer youth are free to be themselves. RadioActive's Amy Styer takes us inside the ho...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 07:27
Caption: Omar Ali with his family. Omar is standing fourth form the left holding his daughter., Credit: Courtesy of Awal Ibrahim
Omar Ali is a hero in the eyes of his family. He embarked on a long journey that could have landed him nearly anywhere, fighting to find a safe spa...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 05:47
Caption: Alyssa started using heroin when she was 14. She’s now 20 and works as a daycare teacher., Credit: FLICKR PHOTO / B.A.D. HTTPS://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/BRADADOZIER/
"My own family didn't even know who I was anymore. I didn't even know who I was anymore."

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 04:01
Caption: Maya and her parents., Credit: Courtesy of Maya Konz
The first thing you say to someone you just met is most likely a polite greeting: "Hello! What's your name?" But not everyone is that thoughtful.

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 06:29
Caption: April Reyes (far left) with the family who took her in. From left to right: Mariya Manuel, Tanya Kim, Tamar Manuel and Alan Lee., Credit: Courtesy of April Reyes
For most people, family will always be family because you're blood. But in April Reyes' case, it doesn’t quite work that way. / This story won the ...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 06:39
Caption: The author's parents, Fetiha Omer and Abdul-Basit Hassan, in Somalia., Credit: Courtesy of Zubeyda Ahmed
"My dad's life story is kind of like Cinderella’s. He grew up without a mom, worked for an evil relative and found his princess in the least expect...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 05:40
Caption: Sam struggled with depression in middle school., Credit: KUOW PHOTO/NATALIE NEWCOMB
“I started being like, I can’t talk about these things. You’re basically taught to bottle up your feelings in middle school.” RadioActive Youth M...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 05:49
Caption: Volunteering at the Seattle Aquarium helped Grace Zheng overcome her fear of talking., Credit: KUOW PHOTO/SURYA HENDRY
"I was afraid that I was gonna say the wrong thing, I wouldn't be able to speak, I was gonna stutter." One introvert's transformation, with a littl...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 06:27
Caption: Noel Gasca poses for a graduation shot with her father, Rick Gasca, and mother, Kim Chapman., Credit: Courtesy of Noel Gasca
On a sunny morning during her junior year of high school, Noel Gasca was taking the SAT, when she got to a question that left her stumped. It basic...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 05:57
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What happens when an innocent crush on a teacher becomes not-so-innocent. The Mortified Podcast is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Listen to...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2017
  • Length: 20:07
Caption: The mother of RadioActive producer Hanad Jama, Nimo Husien with her niece Ardo Hersi. (Also a RadioActive producer.), Credit: Courtesy of Hanad Jama
Who are helpers? Often it's people who know how much it means to be helped.

  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 05:12
Caption: RadioActive producer Jad Vianu with his father Alec Vianu., Credit: Courtesy of Jad Vianu
Many people have heard of the brutal dictatorships that ruled Soviet Eastern Europe in the twentieth century. RadioActive youth producer and high s...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 04:55
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When you hear about concussions in the news, it's often about a football player. But kids get concussions too. In one recent year, nearly a quarter...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 05:38
Caption: Mr. Drego Little teaches a class at Rainier Scholars., Credit: KUOW PHOTO/FEVEN MEKONENN
We all remember the influential teacher who made a difference in our lives. But for Drego Little, the teacher that changed his life was the one he ...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 05:56
Caption: Diana Nguyen used to be lazy. Then she got on a bike., Credit: KUOW PHOTO/MELISSA TAKAI
Laziness is a hard habit to break, especially if you want to make the most out of life. But it helps if you have a bike, or at least it did for one...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 04:59
Caption: A banner advertising the Queer-Straight Alliance at Interlake High School in Bellevue., Credit: KUOW PHOTO/MIMANSA DOGRA
The majority of American youth age 13-20 don't identify as completely straight, and most know someone who uses a gender neutral pronoun, according ...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 15:12
Caption: Kamna Shastri with her dad on her fifth birthday. Now, Kamna is coming to terms with her albinism., Credit: COURTESY OF KAMNA SHASTRI
RadioActive producer Kamna Shastri tries to understand where she fits into conversations about race and identity as an Indian-American with albinism.

  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 03:52
Caption: RadioActive hosts Paul Kiefer and Hassan Abdi., Credit: KUOW PHOTO/JENNY ASARNOW
RadioActive youth producers take a look at one of the most important things in their lives: school.

  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 12:12
Caption: RadioActive's Nina Tran went on a bicycle tour of her south Beacon Hill neighborhood. Listen to the podcast to hear what she found., Credit: KUOW PHOTO / NINA TRAN
Neighborhoods shape our perspectives and our personalities. They become a part of us, an identity we carry even if we leave. On the latest RadioAct...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 19:21
Caption: RadioActive youth producers Ahlaam Ibraahim and Esa Tilija. Ibraahim says 'when you're born, they call you a lighty, and it's praised.', Credit: Esa Tilija
"When you're born, they call you a lighty, and it's praised." RadioActive Youth Producers Ahlaam Ibraahim and Esa Tilija explore the world of colo...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2017
  • Length: 14:18
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In the United States, we take the right to get an education for granted but that's not the case for many refugees. RadioActive's Faisa Muse brings ...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2017
  • Length: 05:12
Caption: Shina William's mother worked for many years in factories. When she was working she felt a pain, tingling over her hands., Credit: KUOW PHOTO/SHINA WILLIAMS
Look at your hands, and think of all the things you do with them: hold an ice cream cone, drive your car, scroll through Facebook. What if all of t...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2017
  • Length: 05:26
Caption: Fallon, 17, suffered a psychotic episode in sophomore year of high school., Credit: COLLEEN MCDEVITT / KUOW
Lots of teens struggle with depression or anxiety, but what’s less talked about is psychotic disorders in teens and what the struggle is like. Radi...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2017
  • Length: 06:03
Caption: Elinor Jones Toutant at the RadioActive Community Listening Party., Credit: KUOW PHOTO/COLLEEN MCDEVITT
Elinor Jones Toutant was homeschooled for most of her education, even though her family isn't one you'd expect to make that choice.

  • Added: Sep 13, 2017
  • Length: 05:03