It’s crunch time for the “balloonatics” at Macy’s Parade Studio. The balloons themselves, which are designed and fabricated in a warehouse in New Jersey, are getting their final checkup before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. John Piper and Jim Artle take us around the studio and spill the secrets of inflation, explain how to calculate whether your balloon will float, and explain why the balloons look better after a little time in the sun.
Shot, produced by Christopher Intagliata, Flora Lichtman
Meet the Producers and Host
About Flora Lichtman@flichtman
Flora Lichtman was the host of the podcast Every Little Thing. She’s a former Science Friday multimedia producer.
About Christopher Intagliata@cintagliata
Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.