WNYC's Radiolab

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  • Shorts: What's Up, Doc? MP3

    Mel Blanc was known as "the man of a thousand voices" -- though the actual number may have been closer to 1,500. Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety, Sylvester, Barney Rubble, Cosmo G. Spacely, all of them were Mel. His characters made him one of the most beloved men in America. And in 1961, when a car crash left him comatose, those characters may saved him.

    05.11.2012

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    05.11.2012

  • Shorts: Seeing in the Dark MP3

    John and Zoltan are both blind, but they deal with the world in completely different ways -- one paints vivid pictures in his mind, while the other refuses to picture anything at all. In this short, they argue about the truth of a world they can't see.

    22.10.2012

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    22.10.2012

  • The Fact of the Matter MP3

    Getting a firm hold on the truth is never as simple as nailing down the facts of a situation. This hour, we go after a series of seemingly simple facts -- facts that offer surprising insight, facts that inspire deeply different stories, and facts that, in the end, might not matter at all.

    24.09.2012

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    24.09.2012

  • Shorts: What a Slinky Knows MP3

    "Hey kids," said the eccentric British physicist, "Wanna see a magic trick?" And with that, he pulled out a slinky and did something that left the kids, and their dad Steve Strogatz, totally amazed. Steve, along with Neil deGrasse Tyson, explains what the gravity-defying Slinky trick reveals about the nature of all things great and small (including us).

    10.09.2012

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    10.09.2012

  • Shorts: Inside "Ouch!" MP3

    Pain is a fundamental part of life, and often a very lonely part. Doctors want to understand their patients' pain, and we all want to understand the suffering of our friends, relatives, or spouses. But pinning down another person's hurt is a slippery business. 

    28.08.2012

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    28.08.2012

  • Shorts: Argentine Invasion MP3

    From a suburban sidewalk in southern California, Jad and Robert witness the carnage of a gruesome turf war. Though the tiny warriors doing battle clock in at just a fraction of an inch, they have evolved a surprising, successful, and rather unsettling strategy of ironclad loyalty, absolute intolerance, and brutal violence.

    30.07.2012

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    30.07.2012

  • Shorts: Double Blasted MP3

    In early August of 1945, Tsutomu Yamaguchi had a run of the worst luck imaginable. A double blast of radiation left his future, and the future of his descendants, in doubt. In this short: an utterly amazing survival story that spans ... well, 4 billion years when you get down to it.

    16.07.2012

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    16.07.2012

  • Radiolab Remixed MP3

    Turning ideas into radio is one of the most exciting, frustrating, rewarding, and insanely fun things there is. Which got us thinking--why not ask you to join in on the fun? So we teamed up with

    02.07.2012

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    02.07.2012

  • Unraveling Bolero MP3

    In this podcast, a story about obsession, creativity, and a strange symmetry between a biologist and a composer that revolves around one famously repetitive piece of music.

    18.06.2012

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    18.06.2012

  • Shorts: Grumpy Old Terrorists MP3

    While working on The Bad Show, producer Pat Walters ran across some recordings that spooked him--partly because they seemed like they had to be a big joke ... and partly because, at the same time, they sounded so deadly serious. In this short, Jad & Robert try to decide how to feel.

    04.06.2012

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    04.06.2012

  • Colors MP3

    Our world is saturated in color, from soft hues to violent stains. How does something so intangible pack such a visceral punch? This hour, in the name of science and poetry, Jad and Robert tear the rainbow to pieces.  

    21.05.2012

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    21.05.2012

  • Shorts: Colors Sneak Peek MP3

    Just before the curtain went up on our live show in Los Angeles, Jad and Robert carved out a little stage time for a sneak peek at next week's Colors episode.

    14.05.2012

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    14.05.2012

  • Shorts: Fetal Consequences MP3

    Mother's day is nigh. Sort of. Anyway, without knowing it, you might have already given your mom a pretty lasting gift. But whether it helps or hurts her, or both, is still an open question. In this Radiolab short, Robert updates us on the science of fetal cells -- one of the first topics he covered as an NPR science correspondent.

    30.04.2012

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    30.04.2012

  • Shorts: Crossroads MP3

    In this short, we go looking for the devil, and find ourselves tangled in a web of details surrounding one of the most haunting figures in music--a legendary guitarist whose shadowy life spawned a legend so powerful, it's still being repeated...even by fans who don't believe a word of it.

    16.04.2012

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    16.04.2012

  • Guts MP3

    This hour, we dive into the messy mystery in the middle of us. What's going on down there? And what can the rumblings deep in our bellies tell us about ourselves?

    02.04.2012

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    02.04.2012

  • Shorts: The Turing Problem MP3

    Alan Turing's mental leaps about machines and computers were some of the most innovative ideas of the 20th century. But the world wasn't kind to him. In this short, Robert wonders how Turing's personal life shaped his understanding of mechanical minds and human emotions.

    19.03.2012

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    19.03.2012

  • Shorts: A War We Need MP3

    Every day, every moment, an epic battle is raging across the globe. It's happening in the ocean. And the evidence is both highly visible and totally hidden, depending on your perspective. In this short, the tale of an arms race involving trillions of sea creatures--and why their struggle is vital to our survival.

    05.03.2012

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    05.03.2012

  • Escape! MP3

    The walls are closing in, you've got no way out... and then, suddenly, you escape! This hour, stories about traps, getaways, perpetual cycles, and staggering breakthroughs.

    20.02.2012

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    20.02.2012

  • Shorts: Killer Empathy MP3

    Sometimes being a good scientist requires putting aside your emotions. But what happens when objectivity isn't enough to make sense of a seemingly senseless act of violence? In this short, Jad and Robert talk to an entomologist about the risks, and the rewards, of trying to see the world through someone else's eyes. 

    06.02.2012

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    06.02.2012

  • Shorts: Wake Up and Dream MP3

    In today's short, a man confronts a bully, and frees himself from a recurring nightmare that's terrorized him for more than 20 years.

    23.01.2012

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    23.01.2012

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