“Wow! I Didn’t Know That!”
Science stories for grown-ups.
For a sense of what kinds of stories WIDKT! will tell, please see the section on Ninety Second Science. The difference will be that each story can be developed in much more detail and thus to greater effect. Perhaps the most severe challenge in the making of NSS was paring each story down to a minute and a half. After even modest allowances for ID, this left not enough time for anything but a very terse and abbreviated telling. Also, the time constraint was fixed, to the fraction of a second.
Within the format of a half hour, the far greater latitude will make the stories considerably more appealing, by virtue of the things that can be said and not left on, as they say, the cutting room floor.
These stories will come not from Wikipedia or any other dubious sources on the ’Net but, instead, from real scientists and engineers.
We will be able to offer a better variety of topics, a mix of different types of tales to tell. In preparing this series, we have already amassed more than a thousand different topics/questions which can be developed into stories occupying anywhere from several minutes to several full episodes. Clearly, there will be no shortage of ideas to explore.
Moreover, WIDKT! will also include an editorial in each episode. In the tradition of news reporting as it once was, long ago, these editorial opinions will be clearly and unmistakably identified and presented as just that: opinion.