A Moment Of Science Radio Program Releases New Science Videos and Science Podcasts

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A Moment of Science, the syndicated radio program heard on numerous public and community radio stations in Indiana and around the globe, now offers science videos and science podcasts on their website at aMomentofScience.org.

Working with A Moment of Science has been about the most enjoyable experience of my career

For more than twenty years on the radio, A Moment Of Science has been providing the scientific story behind some of life's most perplexing mysteries on the radio.

Now, A Moment of Science has expanded to offer a completely redesigned website (aMomentofScience.org) with thousands of archived episodes, a new series of science videos in addition to audio and video science podcasts.

Each of these podcasts is a self-contained "moment" of scientific insight, tailored for those with an unlimited amount of curiosity but a limited amount of time. Using humor and language that is clear and precise, the programs remove some of the mystery from science but not the wonder.

Sample topics have include:

  •     Why does a light bulb burn out?
  •     How does a virus make you sick?            
  •     What annoys an oyster?
  •     And thousands more.

Nicholas Chafin, Producer, writer, and director of the new A Moment of Science video segments, writes "I wanted to take the existing feeling and purpose of the show but specifically target the people who watch a lot of video on the internet. A Moment of Science has always been a fantastic program that draws people in to learn about the scientific world around them in such a fun and interesting way that you may not even realize you're learning--you're too busy enjoying the content and the concepts. My hope is that the new video segments will expand on this enjoyable learning experience and be embraced by a broad internet community."

Video podcast host Mandy Striph. "I've been having a blast. I'm learning all kinds of fun facts. These short videos make the perfect teaching supplement and I would love it if the podcasts became so popular that they would be used in classrooms across the country and around the globe.

A Moment Of Science is currently carried on a number of radio stations around the world and is produced with support of the Indiana University scientific community. Scientists, researchers and faculty generate ideas for the program, and serve as expert consultants who scrutinize every script for scientific accuracy.

The radio version of A Moment of Science is made possible with support from the American Society of Plant Biologists and the Indiana University Office of the Provost. The video version is made possible by a generous grant from the Brabson Library and Education Foundation.

WFIU New Media Director Adam Schweigert has led the website redesign project and is Senior Producer for the new video series. "It's staggering how much content is on the new A Moment of Science website, but we've tried to make it all easy to navigate, search, share, and discuss. What I've always liked about the program is how offbeat the topics covered often are and we've tried to reflect that in the design and organization of the site, helping people to discover new science facts and topics that they may not have even known they were interested in."

Radio host and producer Don Glass has worked in public radio since l966. "Working with A Moment of Science has been about the most enjoyable experience of my career," says Glass. "I have always enjoyed science, and working with it at this level is great. All the neat stuff I learn is so rewarding, and I hope my excitement for all the fascinating things is reflected in the programs."

The Moment Of Science audio and video podcasts are available through iTunes and thousands of past episodes are organized, indexed, and easily searchable on our newly redesigned website, aMomentofScience.org.

You can also connect with A Moment Of Science on Facebook or follow our updates on Twitter (@momentofscience)

About WFIU Public Media

WFIU Public Media--wfiu.org--is a division of WFIU Public Radio, the NPR affiliate broadcasting from Indiana University, serving central and southern Indiana. WFIU Public Media productions include the Kinsey Confidential Sexual Health Podcast, Earth Eats Real Food and Green Living Podcast, as well as Crash Course in Islam and Muslim Voices--two podcasts created in association with the Voices and Visions Project at Indiana University.

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