How do you show what the inside of an atom looks like? Or how a scientist feels in the moment of discovery? We decided to approach the human stories of science in a new way: by visualizing them.
First we visit author and illustrator Jonathan Fetter-Vorm in his studio. Then we stop in on a college animation class and hear from students creating cartoons about chemistry and fairies.
Then we talk to historian Bert Hansen and author and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. They tell us how the comics of the 1930s, 40s and 50s relayed stories of “real heroes”—including doctors, chemists and physicists, and how new graphic genres are engaging readers and sparking their interest in history and science. They both suggest that surprise, emotion, and showing the impossible all work to engage readers in ways that written words alone cannot.
01:15 Studio visit #1: Jonathan Fetter-Vorm in Brooklyn
03:54 Studio visit #2: University of the Arts in Philadelphia
07:00 Interview with Bert Hansen and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
15:06 Reflections from Bob and Michal
LINKS TO CONTENT:
"Heroism in Medical Science" from Dupont's radio drama, Cavalcade of America
"Now I am become Death" Robert Oppenheimer speech
Reporter, Producer & Editor: Mariel Carr
“Stabbings”- Moby, mobygratis
"Isolate"- Moby, mobygratis
“The Plaintive Heating Griddle”- Ergo Phizmiz, Free Music Archive
“Awake in the Dream”- Infinite Third, Free Music Archive
"Sunny Day"- The Rabbits, Free Music Archive
"Do What You Can"- Lee Rosevere, Free Music Archive
"My Friends"- Quiet Orchestra, Free Music Archive
“Tragic”- Semyon, Free Music Archive
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