This Friday comes a once-a-year special treat on the National Public Radio program “Science Friday“. It’s the (19th!) annual day-after-Thanksgiving specially edited version of the year’s (the 20th!) Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.
We always enjoy this for many reasons. One is to see how the SciFri editors will choose and arrange, and how host Ira Flatow will describe highlights from the vast, cornucopic ceremony, and distill all of it into a single radio hour.
There’s also always a special charm to listening to what happened. So many things occur, so quickly, in such rapid succession that it can be overwhelming to be at the event and try to take in all the sounds and sights (and this year, the bacteria — for that was the year’s theme). So listening, purely listening, allows one to savor the moments in a new way.
Please join us in listening, and please spread the word!