Tavi Gevinson, Teen Editor In Chief

I had the opportunity to interview Tavi Gevinson, editor of Rookie Mag, about how teen girls are perceived, feminism and tumblr.

“A lot of teenage girls are very articulate and maybe they like Taylor Swift and One Direction, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t also smart and strong.”

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Fighting Foreclosure Home Is Where The Bank Says It Is


Natalie Johnson and her family lived in their rental home in Edmonds, Wash., for seven years. It was the longest they had lived anywhere.

Then one day, Johnson came home to find a piece of paper with an 800 number posted to their door. She searched for the number online, which led her to the foreclosure department of a bank. The bank told Johnson that her house was going to be sold at auction.

Devastating, yes, but Johnson considered a silver lining: What if she bought the house?

Her family stopped paying rent and after six months of saving, they had enough to make a bid on their house at auction. Johnson thought they had a fighting chance, even though they were bidding against investment companies.

But it would prove harder than they thought. Foreclosure rates hovered near pre-recession rates, housing prices were the highest they’ve been since the 2008 housing crisis, and investment companies were cashing in.

Fighting To Save Their Home

Johnson is a stay-at-home mom, and her husband is a pastor. They have four kids. Their neighborhood in Edmonds felt like a small town to them. Johnson knew everyone and everyone knew her in a way she had never experienced. Kids in the neighborhood helped build the tree fort in her backyard, and her neighbor’s kid hung out at her house every single day. Saving this home meant hanging on to an idyllic way of life.

The auction took place on the steps of the Everett courthouse. There was a church across the street, and Johnson took inspiration from it. “Right as they started the auction, the church bells started playing Hallelujah,” she recalled. “I thought maybe this is some great sign that we as the underdogs are going to somehow beat out these hedge fund companies.”

But within a minute, the Johnsons were outbid. Their home was gone.

“I just lost it,” Johnson said. “It was awful. I’m sobbing. There’s all these businessmen standing around, and I’m like ugly crying: not like when you shed a tear. I’m sobbing, like you-just-stole-my-house sobbing.”

Johnson said the hardest realization was that she would have to move away from her friends. She choked up as she thought about it. “I borrow so many eggs and so much butter from them. I can’t even imagine how I’m going to be able to bake!”

A Seller’s Market

Johnson didn’t want to live with the fear of another landlord foreclosing, so her family decided to buy a home. But by the time they started looking at houses, the market had become even more competitive.

When Johnson made an offer on a home she made sure to make it as attractive as possible. She bid $22,000 over the asking price for a house her family loved. Even though the home was owned by a bank, and she was told her efforts wouldn’t help, she wrote a letter to support her family’s bid. “I wrote top 10 reasons why the Johnsons are the family to buy the house. And I made it really funny and I offered to bake them cookies. Literally, we did everything,” she said.

But then the call came, and they had been outbid.

“That was awful, because we had taken the kids over,” Johnson said. “We were new to this, and we thought, ‘Hey let’s look at houses and bring the kids.’ So we loved it and they loved it. They had mentally moved in and picked their rooms; I was already baking in the double ovens in my head.”

It felt like the auction house all over. She started looking at houses again, but this time she didn’t take the kids. Time and time again she was outbid — six more times. Johnson was panicking. Prices were going up, and she had a deadline to be out of their Edmonds rental house.

She persisted and finally, on the eighth house, her offer was accepted.

New Furniture

The bank called at 4 p.m. The paperwork had gone through, and they had closed on the house. The Johnsons got the keys and were able to take ownership of their new home.

It’s a three-bedroom house with a big downstairs, in between Lynnwood and Everett.

Johnson sat on her living room floor, assembling a pair of brand new coral chairs. These were the first pieces of new furniture she had ever bought. “Beautiful new chairs for my beautiful new house,” she said. “I’m so excited!”

From: NPR Member Station KUOW

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Loving Superman

Lois Lane (Kendra Hanna) dishes about the time she broke up with Superman.

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I Can’t Believe I Did That


We’ve all had regrets. Some of them are trivial: grades, what we said, that $6 popcorn we got at the movies. Some of them are more serious: relationships, career choices, irrevocable actions. But if we could go back and change it all, would we?

To find out, hosts Ian Dangla and Kendra Hanna talk to fellow RadioActivian Maddie Ewbank, who had an accident with a water balloon in front of her whole school. Then they hear from Amina Al-Sadi, a producer at KUOW, who woke up one day and realized she was on the wrong career path, only to have that same realization again after switching majors. Finally, the University District courses with regret as people reflect on what they would change about their lives if they had the opportunity. Give it a listen. You won’t regret it. Hopefully.

From: NPR Member Station KUOW

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What Do Macklemore And A Caterpillar Have In Common


If you happen to be human, you’re constantly changing. You’ve changed since you were a little kid, since last year, and since 10:00 a.m. this morning. Today we bring you three stories on change.

First, we talk to young Republicans on how the GOP could shift its approach in attracting young people. Then we hear from Nate Simpson, creator of the comic Nonplayer, about the many shifts in his career. From there we’re joined by Hollis Wong-Wear, a Macklemore producer and collaborator, about the local star’s rise to fame. Peter Haller, a former Mackelmore fan, also weighs in.

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