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  • Radiolab Presents: Invisibilia MP3

    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.

    12.01.2015

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    12.01.2015

  • Worth MP3

    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. 

    05.01.2015

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    05.01.2015

  • Buttons Not Buttons MP3

    A quartet of buttons that may just leave you stuck, rich, ugly, or dead. Confused? Push the button marked “Play”.

    05.01.2015

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    05.01.2015

  • Shorts: Curious Sounds from the Solid Sound Festival MP3

    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.

    27.06.2013

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    27.06.2013

  • Shorts: The Trouble with Everything MP3

    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.

    13.06.2013

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    13.06.2013

  • Shorts: Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl MP3

    This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is a legal battle that has entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families.

    30.05.2013

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    30.05.2013

  • Shorts: The Septendecennial Sing-Along MP3

    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.

    14.05.2013

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    14.05.2013

  • 23 Weeks 6 Days MP3

    When Kelley Benham and her husband Tom French finally got pregnant, after many attempts and a good deal of technological help, everything was perfect. Until it wasn't. Their story raises questions that, until recently, no parent had to face… and that are still nearly impossible to answer.

    30.04.2013

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    30.04.2013

  • Shorts: The Distance of the Moon MP3

    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. 

    16.04.2013

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    16.04.2013

  • Shorts: Radiolab Presents: TJ & Dave MP3

    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.

    02.04.2013

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    02.04.2013

  • Are You Sure? MP3

    This hour, we walk the tightrope between doubt and certainty, and wonder if there's a way to make yourself at home on that razor's edge between definitely...and not so sure.

    26.03.2013

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    26.03.2013

  • REBROADCAST: Emergence MP3

    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.

    19.03.2013

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    19.03.2013

  • Shorts: The Man Behind the Maneuver MP3

    In the 1970s, choking became national news: thousands were choking to death, leading to more accidental deaths than guns. Nobody knew what to do. Until a man named Henry Heimlich came along with a big idea.

    05.03.2013

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    05.03.2013

  • Shorts: Speedy Beet MP3

    There are few musical moments more well-worn than the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. But in this short, we find out that Beethoven might have made a last-ditch effort to keep his music from ever feeling familiar, to keep pushing his listeners to a kind of psychological limit.

    19.02.2013

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    19.02.2013

  • Speed MP3

    We live our lives at human speed, we experience and interact with the world on a human time scale. But this hour, we put ourselves through the paces, peek inside a microsecond, and master the fastest thing in the universe.

    05.02.2013

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    05.02.2013

  • Shorts: The Bitter End MP3

    We turn to doctors to save our lives -- to heal us, repair us, and keep us healthy. But when it comes to the critical question of what to do when death is at hand, there seems to be a gap between what we want doctors to do for us, and what doctors want done for themselves.

    15.01.2013

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    15.01.2013

  • Solid as a Rock MP3

    Is reality an ethereal, mathematical poem... or is it made up of solid, physical stuff? In this short, we kick rocks, slap tables, and argue about the nature of the universe with Jim Holt.

    31.12.2012

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    31.12.2012

  • Bliss MP3

    Moments of total, world-shaking bliss are not easy to come by. Maybe that's what makes them feel so life-altering when they strike. And so worth chasing. This hour: stories of striving, grasping, tripping, and falling for happiness, perfection, and ideals.

    17.12.2012

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    17.12.2012

  • Shorts: Raising Crane MP3

    In this short, costumed scientists create a carefully choreographed childhood for a flock of whooping cranes to save them from extinction. It's the ultimate feel-good story, but it also raises some troubling questions about what it takes to get a species back to being wild.

    03.12.2012

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    03.12.2012

  • Inheritance MP3

    Once a kid is born, their genetic fate is pretty much sealed. Or is it? This hour, we put nature and nurture on a collision course and discover how outside forces can find a way inside us, shaping not just our hearts and minds, but the basic biological blueprint that we pass on to future generations.

    19.11.2012

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    19.11.2012

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