STEM Read's War of the Worlds Broadcast
The Martians have landed in DeKalb and they did not come in peace! Throughout the winter, we worked with Northern Public Radio and school and library groups to create our own adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic "The War of the Worlds," in the style of Orson Welles' own 1939 radio adaptation. The DeKalb county community came together to make this collaboratively-created masterpiece!
Heat Rays with Jeremy Benson
STEM Outreach's Jeremy Benson walks us through heat rays and their use in modern science! Jeremy shows us how lasers can use heat to blow things up!
Telling Stories with Sound with WNIJ's Jenna Dooley
WNIJ's Jenna Dooley talks to us about what it's like to tell stories over the air, how she does it, and how great radio still is!
Finding the Right Sound Bite with WNIJ's Sue Stephens
WNIJ's Sue Stephens talks about her love of radio, how radio presents a creative challenge to create a great story, and how sounds effects can make an audio-only story better than video.
Acting for Radio with Retro Reactionaries and Director Kara Wilkins
Kara Wilkins makes old time radio shows and talks about how to create a great story through strong characters, sound effects, and just one's voice. She talks us through how to become a voice actor, and why audio plays are so important to our culture.
Creating Radio Sound Effects with the Retro Reactionaries
Kara demonstrates different machines to create sounds for audio plays. Murdering people, weather, horses, and creaking doors are all easy to make with just a mic and a few everyday items!
The Changing Voices of Radio with WNIJ Reporters
Many of WNIJ's staff talk about the evolution of the voice of radio. The modern day voice is very different than the voice of the famous 1920s and 30s radio shows!
Asking "What if" in H.G. Wells
Lynne M. Thomas, three-time Hugo award-winning author, editor, and podcaster, and curator of rare books and special collections at Northern Illinois University's library, discusses the influence and importance of H.G. Wells to the world of science fiction. Music: "I Don't Like Me Either" by Steve Combs
NIU Observatory's Daniel Stange's Favorite Celestial Body
NIU's own Daniel Stange speaks about his favorite celestial body, Saturn. The beauty of something like Saturn, which is more than hundreds of millions of miles away, can be appreciated easily here on Earth!
Seeing the Planets and Beyond with NIU Observatory's Daniel Stange
Daniel Stange talks to us about the capabilities of NIU's telescope, Mars, the moon, and the Huble Space Telescope!
NIU's Observatory Highlights
A highlights video of most of the topics covered in this series of The War of the Worlds videos.
The Wonders of Mars and H.G. Wells at NIU's Observatory
Daniel Stange, manager of NIU's observatory, speaks about Mars. He takes us through what we know, don't know, and how we came to these conclusions. Terra-forming, water on Mars, and bases on extraterrestrial planets are all topic of conversation in this great video!