What If...

Good ideas often start with a simple question. Nebraskans answer with innovation and creativity. We tell their stories in our Nebraska Public Media series, "What If..."

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"'What If...' is an award-winning exploration of innovation, creativity, invention and discovery," says "What If..." host and producer Mike Tobias. "Stories about interesting Nebraskans with interesting ideas in a wide range of areas, like university research, entrepreneurship, education, economic development and more. It’s a great project because we’re having fun and challenging ourselves creatively to tell these stories in a way that takes you inside the worlds and minds of these innovators."

Since the project debuted in 2019, it's earned multiple local, regional and national awards, including:

  • Two Heartland Regional Emmy awards and six other Heartland Regional Emmy nominations
  • A National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) award
  • Seven Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association Eric Sevareid awards
  • Five Nebraska Broadcasters Association Awards

Innovator Insights

What drives Nebraska’s innovators, big thinkers, risk takers? How do they think? What influences them? What have they learned from? What’s next? We explore this in a separate "What If..." project component, designed for a high school/college age target audience, called "Innovator Insights."

CLICK HERE to watch "Innovator Insights" videos (including versions with Spanish-language captions), and access viewing guides and discussion questions for educators.

"What If..." Music

"What If..." celebrates innovation and creativity. So in our stories we showcase original music, submitted for use in the project by a wide range Nebraska composers. Since 2019 we've used 143 pieces of music created by 33 different composers in our award-winning stories and shows!

  • CLICK HERE for submission details, plus a listing of the songs and composers from each "What If..." story.

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Comments, questions, ideas? Contact "What If..." host/producer Mike Tobias at mtobias@NebraskaPublicMedia.org. And follow Mike and the project on X and Facebook. #WhatIfNebraska