Monthly Archives: October 2018

Traditional Thursday: If I Ran the Zoo

When thinking about traditional children’s literature, it’s hard to think of a more consistent staple than Dr. Seuss. Certainly, there are many books that a great number of children have read or been read, but everyone I met has had the pleasure of experiencing at least one Dr. Seuss book. Though not perhaps one of […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursday: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

For traditional Thursday, I chose to write about Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz. This is a traditional children’s book because it was first published in 1972 but is still popular today. Children today are still familiar with the book and a […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesday: Grand Canyon

For winner Wednesday, I have chosen the book Grand Canyon which was written and illustrated by Jason Chin. This book received the Caldecott Medal Honors in 2018 and it is quite obvious why. The illustrations in this book transport the reader to the Grand Canyon. The pictures are realistic and captivating. The colors reflect those […] Continue reading

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Numbers Station Podcast

Numbers Stations is particularly interesting for me for many reasons. In the intro part, the author starts by talking about his personal connection with the topic, thus making his listeners more engaged in the subject. And then, the author uses a mixtape of different radio waves to create a context for the listeners. The author […] Continue reading

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A Killer on the Loose

“A Killer on the Loose: The Zodiac Ciphers” gives an extensive history of the Zodiac Killer and the attempts of the officials at Vallejo at capturing him. I believe that the producers were successful in making a good podcast and kept a balance between the content and the theatrical aspects of it. The title itself […] Continue reading

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Takeaways From an Engaging Podcast

One of the podcast episodes I chose to listen to was “Numbers Stations” from 99% Invisible.  The episode is hosted by Roman Mars, who discusses mysterious shortwave radio frequencies used to broadcast endless strings of numbers, also known as numbers stations.  Something I found very interesting about this topic was the degree of mystery and […] Continue reading

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The Captivating Story of a Serial Killer

The first thing that I noticed in the podcast “A Killer on the Loose: The Zodiac Ciphers” by Kelsey Brown was the background music. The music went well with the topic of the podcast. The music sounded very ominous and I think that relates to the dark theme of the podcast. Without even completing the […] Continue reading

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Analysis of One-Time Pod “Something Out of Nothing”

I listened to the podcast “Something Out of Nothing” by Maria Sellers. In this podcast, Sellers explained how a bi-literal cipher could point to Shakespeare not being who we really think he is. Overall, I found the entire premise for the podcast to be very interesting. For me, the topic directly undermines a concept I […] Continue reading

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What makes a Good Podcast?

My first thoughts after listening to both the professional podcasts and the student made podcasts was that podcasting is very difficult, and to be good at it, one needs to put in a lot of time and practice. The professional podcasters in 99% Invisible sounded so fluid and smooth, as if they were having a […] Continue reading

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Mysterious Numbers

The 99% Invisible episode about numbers stations was interesting to me because radio is a unique form of communication as it relates to cryptography. Since radio is publicly broadcast, anyone can tune in, so while sending an encrypted message, you have to assume that your enemies are listening at all times. Because of this, using […] Continue reading

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