If you’ve ever wondered how Kate McAlpine put together the smash hit Rare Isotope Rap video or why anyone would want to rap about nuclear physics in the first place, this is the video for you.
A short five minute documentary about the making of the Rare Isotope Rap was filmed and produced by Michigan State University Telecommunication Information Studies and Media (TISM) faculty member Troy Hale with help from recent TISM graduate Ryan Hurst. The video shows behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the rap interspersed with interviews about the idea and process with rapper and MSU graduate Kate McAlpine, FRIB Chief Scientist Brad Sherrill, and from the MSU College of Communications Arts and Sciences, Chief Producer of the rap video Amal Pavangadkar.
The MSU Today documentary was a recipient of the CINE Golden Eagle Award, an industry-recognized “mark of excellence” bestowed upon outstanding video in different categories. Also nominated for an Emmy, this Big Ten Network-produced story explores both the making of the rap and its purpose in order to increase interest in and awareness of the FRIB.
Troy Hale splits his time between teaching in Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media, and producing shows for the Big Ten Network. He has received multiple awards for his work, including 14 Emmys.