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Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Radiolab is heard around the country on more than 500 member stations. Check your local station for airtimes. Em

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Smarty Plants

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:42:00 -0500

Do you really need a brain to sense the world around you? To remember? Or even learn? Smarty Plants

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Ghosts of Football Past

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 19:08:00 -0500

In anticipation of Super Bowl LII (Go Eagles), we're revisiting an old episode about the surprising history of how the game came to be. Ghosts of Football Past

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Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - One Nation, Under Money

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 03:00:00 -0500

A look at the government’s secret power to control almost everything around you. Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - One Nation, Under Money

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The Voice in Your Head - A Tribute to Joe Frank

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:03:00 -0500

How do you pay proper tribute to a legend that many people haven’t heard of? The Voice in Your Head - A Tribute to Joe Frank

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How to Be a Hero

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:09:00 -0500

What are people thinking when they risk their lives for someone else?  Is heroism an act of sympathy or empathy?   How to Be a Hero

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Inside Radiolab (Video)

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 18:00:00 -0500

Meet our team and take a look behind the scenes here at Radiolab. Help make another year of curiosity possible.

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Bigger Little Questions

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 03:59:00 -0500

Today, we're back with Part 2 of our questions episodes. This time, we're chasing down answers to some bigger, little questions.   Bigger Little Questions

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Big Little Questions

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 03:12:00 -0500

Here at the show, we get A LOT of questions, tiny questions, big questions, weird questions, poop questions. Today, we’re dumping the bucket out. Big Little Questions

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Super Cool

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:12:00 -0500

 Walter Murch (aka, the Godfather of The Godfather), joined by a team of scientists, leads us on what felt like the magical mystery tour of super cool science. Super Cool

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Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - Mr. Graham and the Reasonable Man

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 03:41:00 -0500

How a diabetic, a cop, and a bottle of orange juice changed the way we police, forever. Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - Mr. Graham and the Reasonable Man

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:00:00 -0500

Today, we look back at a story we ran almost a decade ago, run into an unfolding upheaval in the field of social psychology, and wonder what might happen to one of our favorite ideas. Stereothreat

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Match Made in Marrow

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:25:00 -0500

If you donate bone marrow, you might save a life… or you might land a starring role in the greatest story ever told. Match Made in Marrow

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Oliver Sacks: A Journey From Where to Where

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:09:00 -0400

There’s nothing quite like the sound of someone thinking out loud, struggling to find words and ideas to match what’s in their head. Oliver Sacks: A Journey From Where to Where

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Father K

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:59:15 -0400

What happens when a Palestinian American Lutheran Minister runs for office in one of the most divided and most conservative neighborhoods in all of New York City? Father K

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Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - American Pendulum I

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:11:00 -0400

If you can’t find justice in the Supreme Court, can you find it someplace else? Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - American Pendulum I

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Driverless Dilemma

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:55:46 -0400

What happens if we hand over our stickiest moral quandary to a two-ton hunk of metal and let it loose on our streets? Driverless Dilemma

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Oliver Sipple

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:34:00 -0400

In a flash of heroism and humanity, Oliver Sipple saved a life and became something he never wanted to be.  Oliver Sipple

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Radiolab Presents: Anna in Somalia

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 01:45:00 -0400

This week, we are presenting a story from NPR foreign correspondent Gregory Warner and his new globe-trotting podcast Rough Translation. Radiolab Presents: Anna in Somalia

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Where the Sun Don't Shine

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:05:45 -0400

Today we take a quick look up at a hole in the sky and follow an old story as it travels beyond the reach of the sun. Where the Sun Don't Shine

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Truth Warriors

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:00:00 -0400

The stories of a few folks ready to fight the future of fakery.  Truth Warriors

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Breaking News

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:09:34 -0400

Today, two new technological tricks that together could invade our past selves and rewrite the rules of credibility. Also, we release something terrible into the world. Breaking News

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The Ceremony

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0400

Today, paranoia sets in: we head to The Ceremony, the top-secret, three-day launch of a new currency, wizards and math included. Halfway through, something strange happens.  The Ceremony

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Revising the Fault Line

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:00:00 -0400

A fresh look at how, why, and who we blame.  Revising the Fault Line

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The Gondolier

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:16:50 -0400

What happens when doing what you want to do means giving up who you really are?  The Gondolier

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The Radio Lab

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:04:00 -0400

We celebrate our 15th birthday by surprising Jad and Robert with a look back at when “Radiolab” was just that: a lab for experimenting with radio.    The Radio Lab

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Null and Void

Fri, 12 May 2017 01:00:00 -0400

Today, a hidden power that is either the cornerstone of our democracy or a trapdoor to anarchy. Null and Void

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Funky Hand Jive

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:00:00 -0400

Neil Degrasse Tyson and some new microbiome science help answer the question - when we touch greatness how much of it stays with us?  Funky Hand Jive

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Radiolab Extra: Henrietta Lacks

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:00:00 -0400

One woman's medically miraculous cancer cells, and how Henrietta Lacks changed modern science and, eventually, her family's understanding of itself. Radiolab Extra: Henrietta Lacks

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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 03:00:00 -0400

A look up and down the US nuclear chain of command to find out who gets to authorize their use and who can stand in the way of Armageddon.  Nukes

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Shots Fired: Part 2

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:00:00 -0400

We again join Ben Montgomery, reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, as he looks at data on every person killed or injured by Florida police over six years.  Shots Fired: Part 2

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Shots Fired: Part 1

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:00:00 -0400

We join Ben Montgomery, a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, as he looks at every person killed or injured by Florida police over six years.  Shots Fired: Part 1

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Update: CRISPR

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:00:00 -0500

In 2012, scientists had a realization: hidden inside one of the world’s smallest organisms, was one of the world’s most powerful tools. Update: CRISPR

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Radiolab Presents: Ponzi Supernova

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:45:00 -0500

Madoff speaks.  Investigating the world's largest con with the team behind @Audible_com's #PonziSupernova. Radiolab Presents: Ponzi Supernova

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Stranger in Paradise

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Today we travel from the storage rooms of the Smithsonian to the sandy beaches of Guadeloupe, chasing the tale of one trash can tipping raccoon.  Stranger in Paradise

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Radiolab Presents: On the Media: Busted, America's Poverty Myths

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:00:00 -0500

On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone tells Jad and Robert about a project they launched to look at the tales we tell when we talk about poverty. Radiolab Presents: On the Media: Busted, America's Poverty Myths

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Lose Lose

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0500

This episode we look at a high profile sporting event where, thanks to a quirk in the tournament rules, the best shot at winning was … to lose.  Lose Lose

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It's Not Us, It's You

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 01:00:00 -0500

This episode we swivel our attention back to you, our listeners, reconnect with some old friends to see how they are doing, and thank everyone for what they've shared with us. It's Not Us, It's You

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Bringing Gamma Back

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:00:00 -0500

A new discovery: prodding the brain with light, a group of scientists were able to turn back on a part of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  Bringing Gamma Back

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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.   Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - Object Anyway

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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. One Vote

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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.  Alpha Gal

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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.   Seneca, Nebraska

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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.  The Primitive Streak

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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? Update: Eye In the Sky

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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. The Girl Who Doesn't Exist

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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? Playing God

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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.  From Tree to Shining Tree

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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.  David and the Wire

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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.  Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - The Imperfect Plaintiffs

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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. Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - The Political Thicket

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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? The Buried Bodies Case

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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. Coming Soon: More Perfect

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Bigger Than Bacon

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

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

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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.  On the Edge

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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?  Cellmates

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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. Update: 23 Weeks 6 Days

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

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

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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.  K-poparazzi

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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. Hard Knock Life

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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. I Don't Have To Answer That

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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. The Cathedral

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The Fix

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

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

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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.


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.  Birthstory

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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? Staph Retreat

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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.  Update: New Normal?

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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. Smile My Ass

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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. Darkode

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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. The Rhino Hunter

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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. Remembering Oliver Sacks

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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.   Elements

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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.  From the Archives: Oliver Sacks' Table of Elements

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

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

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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.  Gray's Donation

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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. Mau Mau

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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? Eye in the Sky

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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. Antibodies Part 1: CRISPR

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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. Nazi Summer Camp

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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. Radiolab Live: Tell-Tale Hearts featuring Oliver Sacks

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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.  Sight Unseen

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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. The Living Room

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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.

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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. Los Frikis

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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. Fu-Go

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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. La Mancha Screwjob

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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.  The Trust Engineers

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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.   American Football

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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. Radiolab Presents: Invisibilia

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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.  Worth

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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”. Buttons Not Buttons

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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.  Outside Westgate

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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.       Patient Zero - Updated

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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. Haunted

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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.  Translation

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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. John Luther Adams

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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.  Juicervose

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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. In The Dust Of This Planet

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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.) Hello

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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. Shorts: Happy Birthday Bobby K

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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.

Shorts: For the Birds

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