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What's New is hosted by Dan Cohen, Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration at Northeastern University. It is produced by Thomas Bary and engineered by Jonathan Iannone in Snell Library’s Recording Studios, with assistance from the Library’s Podcast Team: Evan Simpson, Debra Mandel, Jon Reed, Debra Smith, Sarah Sweeney, and Brooke Williams. Our thanks to the news@Northeastern team, as well as the advice and input from Northeastern's College of Arts, Media, and Design.

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Episode 6: The Secrets of Hollywood Storytelling

For over a hundred years, movies have been synonymous with entertainment. But outside of the film industry, few people really understand how they are made, and especially how the best movies engross us through careful attention to good storytelling, encoded in dialogue and images, and, less obviously, sound. Joining us in Episode Six is Bobette Buster, a screenwriter and film producer who has also worked as a story consultant with major studios such as Disney, Pixar, and Sony. Bobette has just been appointed Professor of the Practice of Digital Storytelling at Northeastern.  The image for this episode is the recording Pooh-the-bear who loved bread soaked in milk and would vocalize mightily when presented with it. Voila! The voice of Chewbacca was born. To learn more about Chewbacca’s voice and other movie sound design, check out Bobette’s feature-length documentary,  Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

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Episode 5: Inventing Writing

The Cherokee language was one of hundreds of indigenous languages in America prior to the arrival of Europeans. It is also one of the few languages that has made the transition from a completely oral tradition to a specific written form, through the use of an entirely new set of characters created by one citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Ellen Cushman joins us in Episode 5, who is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Diversity, and Inclusion in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities here at Northeastern. She is also the Dean’s Professor of Civic Sustainability and Professor of English, and a Cherokee Nation citizen.

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Episode 4: Enabling Engineering

 

Modern lives are filled with devices and environments that assume we have all of our senses and full mobility. But for hundreds of millions of people, this is a poor assumption. Globally, a quarter of a billion people have some impairment of their vision, and hundreds of millions more have trouble navigating spaces in ways the rest of us take for granted. How do we design for that large part of the population with varying abilities? Featuring Waleed Meleis, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. Waleed also leads the Enabling Engineering group on campus, which designs and builds low-cost devices for those with physical and cognitive disabilities.

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Episode 3: The Steamship Revolution

 

Imagine if cars could suddenly go four times as fast, allowing you to drive from New York to Los Angeles in just a day. And imagine that trucks carrying goods could also speed at 300 miles an hour. How would our world change, how would it shift how we lived and worked, what we bought and consumed? Two centuries ago this kind of radical transformation occurred on the high seas. This episode features Dr. Bill Fowler, Honorary Professor of History at Northeastern University and author of Steam Titans.

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Steam Titans is published by Bloomsbury Press

Episode 2: Fake News and the Next Generation

 

 

It's been a decade since the rise of Facebook and Twitter began to replace our shared news consciousness with personalized social media. Today’s college freshmen were just eight when the iPhone was released, destined to become a constant companion with these new sources of information. What is next generation's view of the news like? How good are they at separating fact from fiction? This episode features John Wihbey, Assistant Professor of Journalism and New Media at Northeastern and Alison Head, Project Information Literacy's Executive Director and Lead Researcher.

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Episode 1: How We Respond to Disaster

 

How do people and cities respond during and after major disasters such as terrorist attacks or the destructive hurricanes so many communities have recently endured? Stephen Flynn, Professor of Political Science and the Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, talks about what happens during the worst of times, and how the best of humanity sometimes emerges in the most stressful moments.

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