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Cooking curry is my mom's feminist act

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?

" 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 twenty-five-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

At 58 years old, Alma Kimura was a successful lawyer. She played tennis every Thursday and was a part of a book club. Then, in the summer of 2013, one of her tennis partners suggested she try another sport. Alma figured it would be good for her health, so she gave powerlifting a try.

'I have to skate. I don't care what the consequences are.'

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.'

"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'?

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'

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

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

What's your go-to story? Losing mom's wedding ring, losing to Al Gore at the Oscars, and tall tales

Everyone has a story to tell, and we thought it would be cool to see what they were. We go to the farmer's market and ask what everyone's go-to party story is. "I was totally fine. I had a broken neck but I wasn't paralyzed or anything." Maya Konz finds out that her dad grew up in Nigeria, and that his brother once told a very strange lie involving a leapord and a pool of blood. Jad Vianu's uncle went to the Oscars, lost to Al Gore, and made a statement. What's your go-to story? Tell us on

What's your go-to story? Losing mom's wedding ring, losing to Al Gore at the Oscars, and tall tales

Thick brows were not invented by your favorite Instagram star

What's up with eyebrows? Eyebrows take up such a small part of our bodies but hold a special place in our hearts. They also make up a multimillion dollar industry.

My mom is proud of my English. But I want to speak Somali with her

My mom, my Hooyo, has a special way of teaching you so much about the world and so little about herself. She tells you the parts of her life that are going to push you to succeed the way she did, without letting you see the struggles she went through.

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