If you want to know how 1218 drones made a flying snowboarder in the sky at this year’s Winter Olympics, listen up! We’re geeking out with Intel’s General Manager of Drone Light Shows, Natalie Cheung, about pulling off epic spectacles at the Olympics, Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance, Coachella and lots more. Natalie shares how she ended up with a job that didn’t exist until recently and gives advice on jumping into a line of work that may require skills beyond your current resume. Plus, so much cool stuff about the art and science of drones!
Can you picture Henry David Thoreau’s Walden as a video game? After meeting Tracy Fullerton, a professor of interactive media and games at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the director of USC Games Program, we promise you can. Tracy tells us how experimental game design intersects with art, science, politics, learning and more—and totally redefines our idea of gaming. Get ready to rethink the role that games can play in society and in your life. Game on!
It’s our first-ever very special highlights episode! We’re bringing you some of our favorite illuminating moments from four guests who all have at least one circle of their Human Venn Diagrams in the world of STEM communication. You’ll hear Bobak Ferdowsi of NASA’s JPL, Danielle Feinberg of Pixar, Emily Graslie of Chicago’s Field Museum and The Brain Scoop and our favorite high school teacher Monsieur Le Nadj of Interlochen Arts Academy. It’s our gift to you!
Can you picture a nucleosome? Thanks to data-visualization expert Janet Iwasa, there’s a whole collection of molecular animations to help us see what our eyes can’t. Listen to how Janet turns the movies in the minds of research scientists into dynamic images and how her single-minded focus has helped her pursue a path that didn’t exist before. Plus, it’s Global Mathematics Week!
When you picture a computer scientist in your head, do you immediately go to an anime sailor girl holding a bubble gun? We’re talking with Amy Wibowo, engineer and creator of BubbleSort Zines, which cover computer science topics for teen girls and everyone else. You’ll hear how Amy linked to her Kickstarter campaign in her exit email at her full-time job to become the CEO and editorial director of her own company. And you’ll learn about cool applications of computer science, like robots and a 1980s knitting machine hack!