Science Fun Factory and More

Nebraska Stories

Air Date: 05/02/2024

Science Fun Factory Omaha’s newest cultural gem, the Kiewit Luminarium, aims to spark curiosity in STEM careers among young visitors. The 82,000-square-foot museum sits along the Missouri River and features more than 120 exhibits that blend science, math, and technology with art, music, and local culture. Volleyball Goes Supernova The first professional volleyball league in the US debuted earlier this year with 7 franchises across the country, including one based in Nebraska’s largest city. The Omaha Supernovas include a powerful roster, including several former Husker players who’ve been playing overseas and now, for the first time, are getting a chance to play professional volleyball in their home country. Artist in Exile In her own words, exiled Sri Lankan and human rights advocate Sharmila Seyyid shares her journey of escaping political persecution and rebuilding her life in the United States, following death threats in her homeland. D-Day & The Oldfield Effect During World War II, US Army press officer and Nebraskan, Barney Oldfield, enlisted the help of journalists to accompany troops during the D-Day invasion of France. Among these embedded war correspondents was Bob Reuben from Omaha, of Reuters news agency. Reuben made history as the first journalist to land with troops in Normandy and to file a news report with a Normandy dateline. His report was transmitted via carrier pigeon to Barney Oldfield, who was stationed 150 miles away. Lloyd McCarter & The Honky-Tonk Revival “Raised in the poetry of old time twang,” Lloyd McCarter has been immersed in traditional country music his entire life. His parents hailed from musical families, setting McCarter’s destiny in motion early. Now with his own band, “Lloyd McCarter & The Honky-Tonk Revival,” McCarter and the other veteran musicians in this group are dedicated to sharing the true and unmistakable sound of old-time country. We hear about McCarter’s musical influences, followed by a performance in the Ron Hull Studio by the band of their honky-tonk original, “Who’s Going to Drive My Pick-up.”