I don't remember when we started listening to podcasts, but when there was one we liked, we never missed an episode. The photo above is from when our family went to Atlanta to attend a live performance of the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. We are dressed as the character Hiram McDaniels, literal five-headed dragon. We had great fun making our costume, which was very popular in the crowd before and after the show: several people asked to take photos with us. And any time someone mentioned that Hiram had FIVE heads, not four, Rader took obvious delight in waving around Hiram's green head — the puppet.
Other links of interest — camps and activities Rader enjoyed — also appear below. Creating video games was his one great passion. Rader published hundreds of games online starting in elementary school and continuing throughout the rest of his life. Links to those appear on the "Rader's games" page.
Welcome to Night Vale — twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
Snap Judgment — storytelling with a beat, hosted by Glynn Washington, winner of the Public Radio Talent Quest.
Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me — NPR's weekly current events quiz that's also a comedy show. It's how I kept my teenager interested in what was happening in the world.
Radiolab — investigating a strange world. The show won a National Academies Communication Award “for their investigative use of radio to make science accessible to broad audiences.”
GSSM camps — Rader attended several years of local and residential summer camps sponsored by the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Math, starting in middle school.
Roper Mountain Science Center summer camps — primarily for younger kids, although there are some sessions for ages 12 and up. Rader enjoyed these before he was old enough for Governor's School camps.
Explore the Arts camp — These camps serve students elementary age through adult. Rader enjoyed a variety of offerings here at the Fine Arts Center over the years. He had chosen a Photoshop camp for the summer of 2017, but didn't make it. We are proud and thankful that the Fine Arts Center offers an Explore the Arts scholarship in Rader's name to a high school camp attendee.