The Origin Story of Free Radicals

Building a Practice of Science and Social Justice: Part 1

For the first installment of our zine, “Building a Practice of Science and Social Justice”, we look back at the origin story of Free Radicals, and the questions and events that led to our founding:


Alexis Takahashi (aka ATAK) is a multiracial organizer who loves plants, sushi, and disrupting capitalism. Her personal superpowers are cat whispering and laying in trees.

Sophie Wang (aka shuf) is a second generation Chinese American zine gremlin who challenges our taken-for-granted assumptions about western science through comics and zines. She draws from her background in Science and Technology Studies and her many years making art of widely varying quality. She peaked at age 4 trying to name her brother after Bert from Sesame Street (he's not). You can follow her at @wangshuf.