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Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - Object Anyway

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:00:00 -0500

On this episode of More Perfect, the Supreme Court ruling that was supposed to prevent race-based jury selection, but may have only made the problem worse.  (image) Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - Object Anyway


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/hOffpmcvbLU/radiolab_podcast16mpobjectanyway.mp3




One Vote

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 03:00:00 -0500

In our first-ever election special, we set off to find a single vote that made a difference.(image) One Vote


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/14Dp7Q7VD8w/radiolab_podcast16onevote.mp3




Alpha Gal

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:33:12 -0400

Tuck your napkin under your chin.  We’re about to serve up a tale of love, loss, and lamb chops. (image) Alpha Gal


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/M6MPbI4zp8s/radiolab_podcast16alphagal.mp3




Seneca, Nebraska

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 02:00:00 -0400

In 2014 the town of Seneca, Nebraska was so deeply divided that they weighed their own self-destruction.  (image) Seneca, Nebraska


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/wdACNhZ1hpo/radiolab_podcast16senecanebraska.mp3




The Primitive Streak

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:00:00 -0400

In a recent breakthrough, researchers grew human embryos longer than ever before, witnessing a mysterious part of human development, and crashing into a decades-old ethical dilemma. (image) The Primitive Streak


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/RgL2pb8KfAM/radiolab_podcast16primitivestreak.mp3




Update: Eye In the Sky

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:31:59 -0400

Ross McNutt has a superpower — he can zoom in on everyday life, then rewind and fast-forward to solve crimes in a shutter-flash. But should he?(image) Update: Eye In the Sky


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/657dodtI--k/radiolab_podcast16eyeinskyupdate.mp3




The Girl Who Doesn't Exist

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0400

In today’s episode, we meet a young woman from Texas, born and raised, who can’t prove that she exists.(image) The Girl Who Doesn't Exist


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/_U1glonW_Fs/radiolab_podcast16doesntexist.mp3




Playing God

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:00:00 -0400

When people are dying and you can only save some, how do you choose? What happens, what should happen, when humans are forced to play god?(image) Playing God


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/Mbr5Dv_BQNM/radiolab_podcast16playinggod.mp3




From Tree to Shining Tree

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 05:07:00 -0400

Forests feel like a place of great stillness but dig deeper and there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and complicated as a city. (image) From Tree to Shining Tree


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/Oh3dmM8jIX4/radiolab_podcast16trees.mp3




David and the Wire

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 01:10:43 -0400

David Weinberg was stuck. Until he started recording every waking minute of his life. (image) David and the Wire


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/lSCPSz9Rjus/radiolab_podcast16davidandthewire.mp3




Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - The Imperfect Plaintiffs

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:00:00 -0400

On this episode of More Perfect, we'll talk about the figurative side door to the Supreme Court that has allowed individuals to influence policy for the many. (image) Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - The Imperfect Plaintiffs


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/E4NJo1hzDyU/radiolab062916_moreperfect.mp3




Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - The Political Thicket

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 03:00:00 -0400

On this episode, the case that pushed one Supreme Court justice to a nervous breakdown, brought a boiling feud to a head, and changed the course of the Supreme Court forever.(image) Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - The Political Thicket


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/kKp3uSckzUI/radiolab061016_moreperfect_episode2.mp3




The Buried Bodies Case

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 17:00:00 -0400

How far should lawyers go to provide the best defense to the worst people?(image) The Buried Bodies Case


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/EIbEf2aL328/radiolab_podcast16buriedbodies.mp3




Coming Soon: More Perfect

Tue, 24 May 2016 18:00:00 -0400

From the producers of Radiolab, More Perfect dives into the rarefied world of the Supreme Court. Season one starts June 2, 2016.(image) Coming Soon: More Perfect


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/-7_HLl7P2TE/moreperfect052416_episode-zero.mp3




Bigger Than Bacon

Mon, 09 May 2016 23:22:00 -0400

Today's story is a mystery, shockingly hot, and vanishingly tiny.(image) Bigger Than Bacon


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/_jIsgp0Lcn4/radiolab_podcast16biggerthanbacon.mp3




On the Edge

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:00:00 -0400

This week, we lace up our skates and tell a story about loving a sport that doesn’t love you back, and being judged in front of the world according to rules you don’t understand. (image) On the Edge


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/LUEhXGvk_FM/radiolab_podcast16ontheedge.mp3




Cellmates

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 02:00:00 -0400

There’s a black hole in the middle of the history of life: how did we go from tiny bags of chemicals to the vast menagerie of creatures we see around us? (image) Cellmates


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/KYQG_JtkTYM/radiolab_podcast16cellmates.mp3




Update: 23 Weeks 6 Days

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:36:00 -0400

An update on Juniper French, a tiny baby, born at 23 Weeks and 6 days -- roughly halfway to full term. And a whole universe of medical and moral questions.(image) Update: 23 Weeks 6 Days


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/Ft7xhuaTMF0/radiolab_podcast16update23weeks.mp3




Debatable

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 17:00:00 -0500

How an outsider became the vanguard of a movement that made everything about debate debatable.(image) Debatable


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/Pknh4hm4smY/radiolab_podcast16debatable.mp3




K-poparazzi

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 03:00:00 -0500

In the U.S., paparazzi are pretty much synonymous with invasion of privacy. But today we travel to a place where the prying press create something more like a prison break. (image) K-poparazzi


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/ou8PAbSJgjk/radiolab_podcast16kpoperazzi.mp3




Hard Knock Life

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:47:04 -0500

This Valentine's Day, a mysterious tap tap tapping leads us into a world of sex, death, and head-banging.(image) Hard Knock Life


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/PT8hc6MDugw/radiolab_podcast16hardknocklife.mp3




I Don't Have To Answer That

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:00:00 -0500

Roosevelt, Kennedy, Eisenhower … they all got a pass. But today we peer back at the moment when poking into the private lives of political figures became standard practice.(image) I Don't Have To Answer That


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/-3JG2V-iatA/radiolab_podcast16dontanswer.mp3




The Cathedral

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 18:05:00 -0500

On this podcast, we present a story from an amazing, staff favorite podcast, Reply All.(image) The Cathedral


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/4wbKOfSPeik/radiolab_podcast16cathedral.mp3




The Fix

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:49:07 -0500

Addiction … and the pills that just might set free those who suffer from it. (image) The Fix


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/d1XrVVqICqI/radiolab_podcast15thefix.mp3




The Cold War

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 03:00:00 -0500

Today we discover the rules of war, negotiation, and conflict resolution in a most unlikely place - deep in the heart and soul of that tasty frozen treat we all scream for.(image)



Birthstory

Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:25:29 -0500

In this episode, conception takes on a new form—it’s the sperm and the egg, plus two wombs, four countries, and money. Lots of money. (image) Birthstory


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/kQNZydUll3c/radiolab_podcast15birthstory.mp3




Staph Retreat

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 20:44:10 -0500

In the war on devilish microbes, our weapons are starting to fail us. What if the only way forward is backward?(image) Staph Retreat


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/lStteXDc2go/radiolab_podcast15staphretreat.mp3




Update: New Normal?

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 21:03:57 -0400

In this hour of Radiolab: reframing our ideas about normalcy. Three stories where choice challenges destiny. (image) Update: New Normal?


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/TZVALRkK9Kg/radiolab101915.mp3




Smile My Ass

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:00:00 -0400

As Candid Camera succeeded, it started to change the way we thought not only of reality television, but also of reality itself.(image) Smile My Ass


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/XgCtpLJ8oxo/radiolab_podcast15smilemyass.mp3




Darkode

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:16:25 -0400

We shine a light into the dark corners of the internet to see the world from the perspective of both cyber crime victims and perpetrators.(image) Darkode


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/5nZ_xvpQB2k/radiolab_podcast15darkode.mp3




The Rhino Hunter

Mon, 07 Sep 2015 18:01:29 -0400

When shooting and killing an endangered species might be the best way to save it. This episode contains strong language.(image) The Rhino Hunter


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/m7yHvED4SPw/radiolab_podcast15rhinohunter.mp3




Remembering Oliver Sacks

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:57:22 -0400

When Dr. Sacks announced a few months ago that he had terminal cancer and wouldn't do any more interviews, we asked him if he'd talk with us one last time. This is that conversation.(image) Remembering Oliver Sacks


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/6Bs0FV4ffiQ/rl_extras15rememberingoliver.mp3




Elements

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:38:36 -0400

Scientists took about 300 years to lay out the Periodic Table into neat rows and columns. In one hour, we’re going to mess it all up.  (image) Elements


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/0xt7lAvNKqs/radiolab082315.mp3




From the Archives: Oliver Sacks' Table of Elements

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 18:51:27 -0400

From the archives: a visit with Oliver Sacks and the elements he's known and loved. (image) From the Archives: Oliver Sacks' Table of Elements


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/36SL2TQQTO0/radiolab_podcast15sackselements.mp3




Shrink

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:54:18 -0400

The definition of life is in flux, complexity is overrated, and humans are shrinking.(image) Shrink


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/Rj4YQF7Pnao/radiolab_podcast15shrink.mp3




Gray's Donation

Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:52:33 -0400

How a donation leads Sarah and Ross Gray to places we rarely get a chance to see. (image) Gray's Donation


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/mpRVpUxIWdg/radiolab_podcast15graysdonation.mp3




Mau Mau

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:43:41 -0400

This is the story of a few documents that tumbled out of the secret archives of the biggest empire the world has ever known, offering a glimpse of histories waiting to be rewritten.(image) Mau Mau


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/aX0h-2d08ZY/radiolab_podcast15maumau.mp3




Eye in the Sky

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:00:00 -0400

Ross McNutt has a superpower — he can zoom in on everyday life, then rewind and fast-forward to solve crimes in a shutter-flash. But should he?(image) Eye in the Sky


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/clzsAsgykf4/radiolab_podcast16eyeinthesky.mp3




Antibodies Part 1: CRISPR

Sat, 06 Jun 2015 04:38:36 -0400

In 2012, scientists had a realization: hidden inside one of the world’s smallest organisms, was one of the world’s most powerful tools.(image) Antibodies Part 1: CRISPR


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/7pc-32HYYRc/radiolab_podcast15crispr.mp3




Nazi Summer Camp

Fri, 22 May 2015 18:51:33 -0400

The incredible, little-known story of the Nazi prisoners of war kept on American soil during World War II.(image) Nazi Summer Camp


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/y8nvIrCsfvw/radiolab_podcast15nazicamp.mp3




Radiolab Live: Tell-Tale Hearts featuring Oliver Sacks

Tue, 12 May 2015 13:24:46 -0400

Highlights from a live Radiolab performance about hearts, driving forces, and the people we love - including a final conversation with Dr. Oliver Sacks.(image) Radiolab Live: Tell-Tale Hearts featuring Oliver Sacks


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/XUUDbKpLJ30/radiolab051315.mp3




Sight Unseen

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:50:00 -0400

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario captured something that happens all the time but few of us get to see, a soldier fatally wounded on the battlefield. (image) Sight Unseen


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/oh_4bfjxobY/radiolab_podcast15sightunseen.mp3




The Living Room

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:18:02 -0400

Producer Briana Breen and the podcast Love + Radio bring us a story about a very eventful year in the life of an accidental voyeur.(image) The Living Room


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/lJKlq5XuL34/radiolab_podcast15thelivingroom.mp3




VIDEO: Radiolab Presents: Radio Ambulante

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 13:38:11 -0400

As a follow-up to our story Los Frikis, we're bringing you a translated version of Radio Ambulante's story on the same subject.(image)


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/sUSoECdBpfs/radiolab040215_the_survivors.m4v




Los Frikis

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:34:05 -0400

The story of how punk rock’s arrival in Cuba allowed a small band of outsiders to sentence themselves to death and set themselves free.(image) Los Frikis


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/sh5lcpX1yUY/radiolab_podcast15losfrikis.mp3




Fu-Go

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 17:05:50 -0400

During World War II, something happened that nobody ever talks about. A tale of mysterious balloons, children caught up in the winds of war. And the terror of silence.(image) Fu-Go


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/lkhKLVXJosc/radiolab_podcast15fugo.mp3




La Mancha Screwjob

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:50:10 -0500

This episode we pierce the spandex-ed heart of professional wrestling, and travel 400 years into the past to walk the line between reality and fantasy.(image) La Mancha Screwjob


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/Yzib9iQ-4Ds/radiolab022315.mp3




The Trust Engineers

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 20:01:30 -0500

How a tiny group of social engineers are making our online relationships kindler and gentler, whether we like it or not. (image) The Trust Engineers


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/GRR1qnudP-Q/radiolab_podcast15trustengineers.mp3




American Football

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500

The most popular sport in the US is savage, creative, brutal & balletic. Love it or loathe it, it’s a touchstone of the American identity.  (image) American Football


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/XPZ4OGexGuw/radiolab012915.mp3




Radiolab Presents: Invisibilia

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 17:26:17 -0500

The lines between boy and girl can be blurry but NPR's Invisibilia introduces us to someone with a very new idea of how blurry they can be.(image) Radiolab Presents: Invisibilia


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/q91CLJH0xHc/radiolab_podcast15invisibilia.mp3




Worth

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500

We’ve gathered a handful of stories that show how every time we think we’ve settled on a price for something, it slips out of our grasp. (image) Worth


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/k6w-spCLgRs/radiolab122314.mp3




Buttons Not Buttons

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:07:43 -0500

A quartet of buttons that may just leave you stuck, rich, ugly, or dead. Confused? Push the button marked “Play”.(image) Buttons Not Buttons


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/_4HCnekB8ZA/radiolab_podcast14buttonsnotbuttons.mp3




Outside Westgate

Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:22:13 -0500

After a public tragedy, a reporter looks at the space between the stories of the people who experienced it and the official narrative. (image) Outside Westgate


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/REHnDKdw-uw/radiolab_podcast14outsidewestgate.mp3




Patient Zero - Updated

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:25:32 -0500

The greatest mysteries have a shadowy figure at the center, Patient Zero. We hunt for Patient Zeroes from all over the map.      (image) Patient Zero - Updated


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/sjLljunqqYg/radiolab111314.mp3




Haunted

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0400

How a group of paranormal investigators made one man realize what it really means for a house, or a man, to be haunted.(image) Haunted


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/u510O2jYQrg/radiolab_podcast14haunted.mp3




Translation

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:03:57 -0400

How the right words can have the wrong meanings, and the best translations lead us to an understanding that's way deeper than language. (image) Translation


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/EUcb9zQcb7Q/radiolab102114.mp3




John Luther Adams

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:27:22 -0400

What's the soundtrack for the end of the world? We go looking for an answer.(image) John Luther Adams


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/xuIVGjaQcdw/radiolab_podcast14johnlutheradams.mp3




Juicervose

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:35:50 -0400

Ron and Cornelia Suskind had two healthy young sons, thriving careers and a brand new home when their youngest, Owen, started to disappear. (image) Juicervose


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/6gibsLSbYrU/radiolab_podcast14juicervose.mp3




In The Dust Of This Planet

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:34:37 -0400

Horror, fashion, and the end of the world ... the undercurrents of thought that link nihilists, philosophers, Jay-Z and True Detective.(image) In The Dust Of This Planet


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/Xgub9BonGPM/radiolab_podcast14dustofthisplanet.mp3




Hello

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:05:25 -0400

It's tough to make small talk with a stranger—especially when that stranger doesn't speak your language. (And he has a blowhole.)(image) Hello


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/OerH2U6mAXY/radiolab082114.mp3




Shorts: Happy Birthday Bobby K

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:58:05 -0400

For Robert’s birthday we celebrate with some classic Krulwich and a peek into the spirit and sensibility that, in many ways, drives our show.(image) Shorts: Happy Birthday Bobby K


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/_3htJ7FYY2I/radiolab_podcast14happybirthdaybobby.mp3




Shorts: For the Birds

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:46:30 -0400

Today, a lady with a bird in her backyard upends our whole sense of what we may have to give up to keep a wild creature wild.

(image) Shorts: For the Birds


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/j9wwaaLHeFI/radiolab_podcast14forthebirds.mp3




Galapagos

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:58:09 -0400

Today, the strange story of a small group of islands that raise a big question: is it inevitable that even our most sacred natural landscapes will eventually get swallowed up by humans? And just how far are we willing to go to stop that from happening?

We are dedicating a whole hour to the Galapagos archipelago, the place that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. 179 years later, the Galapagos are undergoing rapid changes that continue to pose -- and possibly answer -- critical questions about the fragility and resilience of life on Earth.

(image) Galapagos


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/fMIQmcOmcJA/radiolab071814.mp3




Shorts: 9-Volt Nirvana

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:17:11 -0400

Learn a new language faster than ever! Leave doubt in the dust! Could you do all that and more with just a zap to the noggin? Maybe.(image) Shorts: 9-Volt Nirvana


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/u2vZI1okZBM/radiolab_podcast14ninevoltnirvana.mp3




Shorts: ≤ kg

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:00:00 -0400

A plum-sized lump of metal takes us from the French Revolution to an underground bunker in Maryland as we try to weigh the way we weigh the world around us.

(image) Shorts: ≤ kg


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/1K5MVkIIFEU/radiolab_podcast14_kg.mp3




Things

Fri, 30 May 2014 13:20:18 -0400

This hour we investigate the objects around us, their power to move us, and whether it's better to look back or move on, hold on tight or just let go.

(image) Things


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/sQqaki4h0DY/radiolab053014.mp3




Shorts: The Skull

Thu, 15 May 2014 15:58:17 -0400

Today, the story of one little thing that has radically changed what we know about humanity’s humble beginnings and the kinds of creatures that were out to get us way back when. Wits University Professor Lee Berger and Dr. Chris Stringer from London’s Natural History Museum explain how a child’s skull, found in an ancient cave, eventually helped answer one of our oldest questions: Where do we come from? Then Lee takes us on a journey to answer a somewhat smaller question: how did that child die? Along the way, we visit Dr. Bernhard Zipfel at Wits University in Johannesburg to actually hold the skull itself. We wanted to give you a chance to hold the skull, too. So we did a little experiment: we made a 3D scan of it. If you visit our page on Thingiverse, you’ll see the results. Anyone with access to a 3D printer can print their own copy of the skull. (We printed a bunch, with help from our friends at MakerBot—there’s even a purple one with sparkles.) We also collaborated with the folks at Mmuseumm, a tiny (really tiny, it’s in an elevator shaft) museum in Manhattan. You can visit them to see the 3D printed skull, along with the other wonderful things in their collection: mosquitoes swatted mid-bite, toothpaste tubes from around the world, and much more. Thanks to JP Brown, Emily Graslie and Robert Martin at the Field Museum in Chicago for scanning the skull. Thanks to Curtis Schmitt and shootdigital for refining the scan. Thanks to Bre Pettis and Jenifer Howard at MakerBot for guiding us through the world of 3D printing.  [...]Shorts: The Skull


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/J9bvaei2h0A/radiolab_podcast14theskull.mp3




Shorts: For the Love of Numbers

Fri, 02 May 2014 15:15:42 -0400

It’s hard to think of anything more rational, more logical and impersonal than a number. But what if we’re all, universally, also deeply attuned to how numbers … feel? Why 2 is warm, 7 is strong and 11 is downright mystical.

 

 

(image) Shorts: For the Love of Numbers


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/_tlZO75RlqA/radiolab_podcast14fortheloveofnumbers.mp3




60 Words

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400

How one sentence -- just 60 words written in the hours after the September 11 attacks -- became the legal foundation for the "war on terror."(image) 60 Words


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/Nc7piI8TVf8/radiolab041814.mp3




Shorts: Straight Outta Chevy Chase

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:59:50 -0400

From boom bap to EDM, we look at the line between hip-hop and not, and meet a defender of the genre that makes you question... who's in and who's out.

(image) Shorts: Straight Outta Chevy Chase


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/2JJT7Q8xsWI/radiolab_podcast14hiphop.mp3




Shorts: KILL 'EM ALL

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:59:43 -0400

They buzz. They bite. And they have killed more people than cancer, war, or heart disease. Here’s the question: If you could wipe mosquitoes off the face of the planet, would you?

(image) Shorts: KILL 'EM ALL


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http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/Ia2_EenhSQE/radiolab_podcast14killemall.mp3




Shorts: Super Cool

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:19:04 -0400

What do frozen horses and a scorching universe have in common? That's what we wanted to know.

(image) Shorts: Super Cool


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/ke_04ju1F8Q/radiolab_podcast14supercool.mp3




What's Left When You're Right?

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:17:31 -0500

From the stage to the cage, a series of showdowns that leave us wondering about the price of being right ... or coming from the left.

(image) What's Left When You're Right?


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/cIt7L4APJV4/radiolab022514.mp3




Shorts: Neither Confirm Nor Deny

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:00:00 -0500

How a sunken nuclear submarine, a crazy billionaire, and a mechanical claw gave birth to a phrase that has hounded journalists and lawyers for 40 years and embodies the tension between the public’s desire for transparency and the government’s need to keep secrets.  


 

(image) Shorts: Neither Confirm Nor Deny


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/xf4SCM8L_1w/radiolab_podcast14glomar.mp3




Shorts: Brown Box

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:46:50 -0500

You order some stuff on the Internet and it shows up three hours later. How could all the things that need to happen to make that happen happen so fast?

 

(image) Shorts: Brown Box


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/IotTMUDWAPw/radiolab_podcast14brownbox.mp3




Black Box

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:09:29 -0500

This hour, we examine three very different kinds of black boxes—those peculiar spaces where it’s clear what’s going in, we know what’s coming out, but what happens in-between is a mystery.

(image) Black Box


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/ue0VXUiCWVo/radiolab011714.mp3




Shorts: The Times They Are a-Changin'

Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:30:42 -0500

At the start of this new year we crack open some fossils, peer back into ancient seas, and look up at lunar skies to find that a year is not quite as fixed as we thought it was.

 

(image) Shorts: The Times They Are a-Changin'


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/GyYc-Nn_B4w/radiolab_podcast13timesachangin.mp3




Shorts: Sex, Ducks, and The Founding Feud

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:31:42 -0500

Jilted lovers and disrupted duck hunts provide a very odd look into the soul of the US Constitution.(image) Shorts: Sex, Ducks, and The Founding Feud


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/mDO5Lz9qcLc/radiolab_podcast121913sexducksfoundingfeud.mp3




Apocalyptical

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:00:00 -0500

In this new live stage performance, Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow.

(image) Apocalyptical


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/4ASddKUMXTM/radiolab120913_.mp3




VIDEO: Radiolab Live Apocalyptical Sneak Peek

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:05:00 -0500

A preview of Radiolab's live show Apocalyptical: dinosaurs, death, destruction... plus cinematic live scoring and comedic mayhem from Reggie Watts and Kurt Braunohler. Feast your eyes on more video -- including a cut of the full show! -- at radiolab.org/live.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/jhju7x2qTxA/radiolab_apocalyptical_trailer.m4v




Shorts: An Ice-Cold Case

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:20:24 -0500

Scientists' obsession with one particular man - and with the tiny scraps of evidence left in the wake of his death - gives us a surprisingly intimate peek into the life of someone who should've been lost to the ages.

(image) Shorts: An Ice-Cold Case


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/_2WbGWrZgdo/radiolab_podcast13otzi.mp3




Shorts: Cut and Run

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:00:00 -0400

Legions of athletes, sports gurus, and scientists have tried to figure out why Kenyans dominate long-distance running. In this short, we stumble across a surprising, and sort of terrifying, explanation.

(image) Shorts: Cut and Run


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/IjZRj_nSMi0/radiolab_podcast13runners.mp3




UPDATE: Famous Tumors

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:32:00 -0400

When we first released Famous Tumors, Rebecca Skloot's book about the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks (and her famous cells) had just hit the shelves. Since then, some interesting things have happened to both Henrietta's cells and her family. So, 4 years later, we have a newly updated show!

(image) UPDATE: Famous Tumors


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/_Qn47H0J_xY/radiolab_podcast13updatetumors.mp3




Shorts: Quicksaaaand!

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:00:00 -0400

For many of us, quicksand was once a real fear -- it held a vise-grip on our imaginations, from childish sandbox games to grown-up anxieties about venturing into unknown lands. But these days, quicksand can't even scare an 8-year-old. In this short, we try to find out why. 

(image) Shorts: Quicksaaaand!


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/uqIWXi7_-dU/radiolab_podcast13quicksand.mp3




Shorts: Poop Train

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:00:00 -0400

You may not give a second thought (or backward glance) to what the toilet whisks away after you do your business. But we got wondering -- where would we wind up if we thought of flushing as the start, and not the end, of a journey? In this short, we head out to trace the trail of sludge...from Manhattan, to wherever poop leads us.

(image) Shorts: Poop Train


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/5Kx4WTlNK7Q/radiolab_podcast13pooptrain.mp3




Blame

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:18:00 -0400

We've all felt it, that irresistible urge to point the finger. But why do we need blame and how is new technology complicating accountability? 

(image) Blame


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/wb1c3Sl542c/radiolab091213.mp3




Shorts: Dawn of Midi

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:00:00 -0400

In this short, Jad puts on his music hat and shares his love of Dawn of Midi, a band that he recently started using on the show.

(image) Shorts: Dawn of Midi


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/bhChtMjHs_E/radiolab_podcast13dawnmidi.mp3




Shorts: Rodney Versus Death

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:00:00 -0400

What do you do in the face of a monstrous disease with a 100% fatality rate? In this short, a Milwaukee doctor tries to knock death incarnate off its throne.

(image) Shorts: Rodney Versus Death


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/yTFbI9pJ4a4/radiolab_podcast13rodneyvdeath.mp3




Blood

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:00:00 -0400

The metaphor, magic, and money coursing through our veins...

(image) Blood


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/njA1bbdw9fE/radiolab073113.mp3




Shorts: Happy Birthday, Good Dr. Sacks

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 17:00:00 -0400

One of our favorite human beings turns 80 this week. To celebrate, Robert asks Oliver Sacks to look back on his career, and explain how thousands of worms and a motorbike accident led to a brilliant writing career.

(image) Shorts: Happy Birthday, Good Dr. Sacks


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/6FNx-W-UkiA/radiolab_podcast13oliver.mp3




Shorts: Ally's Choice

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 19:00:00 -0400

The complex racial history of two towns in Ohio leads members of the same family to disagree strongly about whether they're black or white.(image) Shorts: Ally's Choice


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/v3_Pi9ZhpRY/radiolab_podcast13allyschoice.mp3




Shorts: Curious Sounds from the Solid Sound Festival

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:00:00 -0400

This fall, we're hitting the road with our brand-new live show. We're stopping in 20 cities across the US (plus 1 stop in Canada), and we have some exciting news about the special musical guests who are joining us for the tour. Listen to a quick sneak peek, and grab your tix now.

(image) Shorts: Curious Sounds from the Solid Sound Festival


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/XdWbnQfCUow/rl_extras062713solid.mp3




Shorts: The Trouble with Everything

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:49:00 -0400

The desire to trace your way back to the very beginning, to understand everything -- whether it's the mysteries of love or the mechanics of the universe -- is deeply human. It might also be deeply flawed.

(image) Shorts: The Trouble with Everything


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/fQwoczZerBo/radiolab_podcast13everything.mp3




Shorts: Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

Thu, 30 May 2013 17:00:00 -0400

This case puts one little girl at the center of a storm of legal intricacies, Native American tribal culture, and heart-wrenching personal stakes.(image) Shorts: Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/uW5oetU7bx4/radiolab_podcast13babygirl.mp3




VIDEO: Radiolab Behind the Scenes

Mon, 20 May 2013 17:00:00 -0400

If you've ever wondered how the podcast comes together, or what it's like to work at Radiolab, here's a peek into our process.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/WI44kIi5CAI/RADIOLAB_NO_MATCH_final.m4v




Shorts: The Septendecennial Sing-Along

Tue, 14 May 2013 17:00:00 -0400

Every 17 years, a deafening sex orchestra hits the East Coast -- billions and billions of cicadas crawl out of the ground, sing their hearts out, then mate and die. In this short, Jad and Robert talk to a man who gets inside that noise to dissect its meaning and musical components.

(image) Shorts: The Septendecennial Sing-Along


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/NWwbp8lgEzA/radiolab_podcast13bugmusic.mp3




Shorts: The Distance of the Moon

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:00:00 -0400

What if the moon were just a jump away? In this short, a beautiful answer to that question from Italo Calvino, read live by Liev Schreiber. 

(image) Shorts: The Distance of the Moon


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/cTsEzfipr0o/radiolab_podcast13calvino.mp3




Shorts: Radiolab Presents: TJ & Dave

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:27:00 -0400

Improv comedy puts uncertainty on center stage -- performers usually start by asking the audience for a prompt, then they make up the details as they go. But two actors in Chicago are taking this idea to its absolute limit, and finding ways to navigate the unknown.

(image) Shorts: Radiolab Presents: TJ & Dave


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/dCJ7WPFlghI/radiolab_podcast13tjdave.mp3




Are You Sure?

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:00:00 -0400

Stories about walking the tightrope between doubt and certainty.

 

(image) Are You Sure?


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/Xk6ByATvX1k/radiolab032613.mp3




REBROADCAST: Emergence

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:00:00 -0400

This spring, parts of the East Coast will turn squishy and crunchy -- the return of the 17-year cicadas means surfaces in certain locations (in patches from VA to CT) will once again be coated in bugs buzzing at 7 kilohertz. In their honor, we're rebroadcasting one of our favorite episodes: Emergence.

(image) REBROADCAST: Emergence


Media Files:
http://feeds.wnyc.org/~r/radiolab/~5/x6BpAtlYYSA/radiolab081407pod.mp3