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Brynn Krug (left) and Sarah Rose sit in the Northern Star podcast room. The two discuss recent events in recent popular culture including Kate Middletons disappearance from the public eye. (Bryn Krug | Northern Star)

Kate Middleton’s absence, ‘Quiet on Set’

By Brynn Krug and Sarah Rose | March 25, 2024

This week’s episode of the trend discusses Kate Middleton’s absence from the media, the “Quiet on Set” docuseries and “GUTS (spilled).”

Anna Scanlan (from left), Olivia Zapf and Nick Glover in the Northern Star podcast room. Episode 5 of Star Notes discusses the upcoming Dune movie. (Anna Scanlan | Northern Star)

‘Dune’ is very sandy

By Olivia Zapf, Anna Scanlan, and Nick Glover | February 21, 2024

Anna and Nick teach Olivia all about "Dune." This video covers all you need to know before jumping into the second installment in the franchise. "Dune: Part 2" comes out on March 1.

Brynn Krug (left) and Sarah Rose sit at a podcast set up and converse. This week’s episode of “The Trend” covers social media phenomena from the week of Feb. 12. (Brynn Krug | Northern Star)

No one likes ‘Madame Web’

By Sarah Rose and Brynn Krug | February 19, 2024

Join Sarah and Brynn as they discuss this past week in pop culture. From Madame Web, to Kanye West's album being taken down to the Dune 2 premier outfits, get the rundown here. What are your thoughts on these topics? Are they "in" or are they "out"?

Ethan Gonzales (from left) and Zack Rodriguez sit down with Matthew Zuber and Jacobi Jackson from NIU wrestling in the podcast room. This week’s “All-Star” episode discusses life as a NIU wrestler. (Ethan Gonzales | Northern Star)

A chat with NIU wrestling

By Ethan Gonzales, Zack Rodriguez, and Anna Scanlan | February 19, 2024

Ethan and Zack sit down with Matthew Zuber and Jacobi Jackson from NIU wrestling. They discuss the team's season thus far and the ins and outs of wrestling culture.

Santiago Montañez Bertoletti (left), Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Emily Beebe and Ian Halterman sit in the Northern Stars podcast studio. Star Notes episode 5 discuss Star Wars: Bad Batch ahead of the third seasons upcoming release. (Olivia Zapf and Brynn Krug | Northern Star)

‘The Bad Batch’ coming soon, Disney’s Star Wars vision

Ian and Santiago teach Emily and Angelina about "The Bad Batch" before Season 3 comes out on Feb. 21. Angelina also shares her thoughts about the direction Disney has taken the Star Wars franchise.

Skyler Kisellus (from left), Ethan Gonzales, Emmalise Nock and Dawsyn Sallee sit in a podcast room. All-Star episode 34 discusses NIU gymnastics. (Anna Scanlan | Northern Star)

A sit down with NIU gymnastics

By Ethan Gonzales, Skyler Kisellus, and Anna Scanlan | February 14, 2024

Ethan and Skyler sit down with Emmalise Nock and Dawsyn Sallee with NIU gymnastics. They discuss the ins and outs of the sport, the season so far and life as college athletes. What sport do you want to see next?

Brynn and Sarah gesture wildly in the podcast room. They discuss Ushers halftime performance and the big game commercials. (Joseph Howerton | Northern Star)

‘The big game’ recap, minus the football

By Brynn Krug, Sarah Rose, and Anna Scanlan | February 14, 2024

Brynn and Sarah give their recap of the super bowl. Instead of focusing on the game, however, they look at the event through a pop-culture lens. What was your favorite commercial? And did you like the halftime performance? Let us know in the comments!

Everything you need to know before watching The Big Game | StarNotes episode 4

Everything you need to know before watching ‘The Big Game’ | StarNotes episode 4

Ethan and Olivia teach Angelina how football works. The three of them go through all the key information viewers should be aware of before Sunday's big game. To vote on who you think will win, enter the Northern Star's contest for a chance to win a...

Everything you need to know about ATLA | StarNotes: A Huskie media podcast episode 3

Everything you need to know about ATLA | ‘StarNotes: A Huskie media podcast’ episode 3

By Anna Scanlan and Olivia Zapf | February 5, 2024

Anastasia, Denver, and Joseph teach Olivia the ins and outs of "Avatar: The Last Airbender." From the original show, to the movie and finally the upcoming TV adaptation, the crew gives a rundown on the key points of the franchise and fandom. Produced,...

The Trend: A Huskie pop-culture podcast | Austin McBroom, My Little Pony Infection and more

The Trend’: A Huskie pop-culture podcast | Austin McBroom, My Little Pony Infection and more

February 5, 2024

In episode 1 of "The Trend," Sarah and Brynn discuss happenings last week including Austin McBroom, My Little Pony Infection and more. They rank these pop-culture events to decide what's "in" and what's "out." Created by Sarah Rose and Brynn Krug |...

Angelina Padilla-Tompkins (left), Anna Scanlan and Sarah Rose sit around a table. The second episode of “StarNotes” discusses Sarah J. Mass and her catalog of published and upcoming work. (Anna Scanlan | Northern Star)

StarNotes: A Huskie media podcast – Sarah J. Mass, preparing for new ‘Crescent City’

January 26, 2024

In the second episode of StarNotes: A Huskie Media Podcast Anna, Angelina, and Sarah discuss all there is to know about Sarah J. Mass before the release of her new "Crescent City" book on Jan. 30.

Angelina Padilla-Tompkins (left), Anna Scanlan and Olivia Zapf sit around a table. The first episode of StarNotes discusses the new Disney+ show, Percy Jackson. (Anna Scanlan | Northern Star)

StarNotes: A Huskie media podcast – A “Percy Jackson” recap

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Anna Scanlan, and Olivia Zapf | January 17, 2024

In the first episode of StarNotes: A Huskie Media Podcast Anna, Angelina, and Olivia discuss all there is to know about Percy Jackson before you watch – or continue watching – the new Disney+ show.