WNYC's Radiolab

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  • The Bad Show MP3

    Cruelty, violence, badness... This episode of Radiolab, we wrestle with the dark side of human nature, and ask whether it's something we can ever really understand, or fully escape.  

    09.01.2012

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    09.01.2012

  • Shorts: Mutant Rights MP3

    In this podcast short, a strange twist of legal taxonomy causes a dispute over whether X-MEN action figures are toys or dolls and sparks a court case about what it means to be human.

    26.12.2011

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    26.12.2011

  • Shorts: Radiolab Presents: 99% Invisible MP3

    Roman Mars loves to spotlight the seams and joints that make up the world around us. He's the host of an irresistible podcast called 99% Invisible--a series of tiny radio stories that provoke enormous questions. Roman joins Jad and Robert to play a few favorites, and to chat about the hidden language of design that shapes our lives--from sound effects to stuff that’s more ... concrete.

    12.12.2011

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    12.12.2011

  • Shorts: Death Mask MP3

    Near the end of the 19th century, a mysterious young woman with a beguiling smile turned up in Paris. She became a huge sensation. She also happened to be dead. You'd probably recognize her face yourself. You might have even touched it.

    29.11.2011

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    29.11.2011

  • Patient Zero MP3

    The greatest mysteries have a shadowy figure at the center—someone who sets things in motion and holds the key to how the story unfolds. In epidemiology, this central character is known as Patient Zero—the case at the heart of an outbreak. This hour, Radiolab hunts for Patient Zeroes from all over the map.  

    15.11.2011

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    15.11.2011

  • Shorts: Sleepless in South Sudan MP3

    Carl Zimmer is one of our go-to guys when we need help untangling a complicated scientific idea. But in this short, he unravels something much more personal.

    31.10.2011

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    31.10.2011

  • Shorts: Slow MP3

    Kohn Ashmore’s voice is arresting. It stopped his friend Andy Mills in his tracks the first time they met. But in this short about the power of friendship and familiarity, Andy explains that Kohn’s voice isn't the most striking thing about him at all.

    18.10.2011

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    18.10.2011

  • Loops MP3

    The surprising ways that loops steer…and sometimes derail…our lives.

    04.10.2011

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    04.10.2011

  • Shorts: Loop the Loop MP3

    For most of human history, flight was an impossible dream. In this short, the dizzying rise and fall of a pilot whose aeronautic feats changed aviation forever and turned chancy stunts into acrobatic mastery.

    20.09.2011

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    20.09.2011

  • Shorts: Mapping Tic Tac Toe-dom MP3

    Writer Ian Frazier made a startling discovery several years ago in eastern Siberia: no one he met there had ever heard of tic tac toe. In this short, Jad and Robert wonder how a game that seems carved into childhood DNA could be completely unknown in some parts of the world.

    06.09.2011

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    06.09.2011

  • Games MP3

    Winners, losers, underdogs--what can games tell us about who we really are?

    23.08.2011

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    23.08.2011

  • Shorts: Damn It, Basal Ganglia MP3

    The basal ganglia is a core part of the brain, deep inside your skull, that helps control movement. Unless something upsets the chain of command. In this short, Jad and Robert meet a young researcher who was studying what happens when the basal ganglia gets short-circuited in mice...until one fateful day, when things got really, really weird.

    09.08.2011

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    09.08.2011

  • Shorts: A 4-Track Mind MP3

    In this short, a neurologist issues a dare to a ragtime piano player and a famous conductor. When the two men face off in an fMRI machine, the challenge is so unimaginably difficult that one man instantly gives up. But the other achieves a musical feat that ought to be impossible.

    26.07.2011

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    26.07.2011

  • REBROADCAST: Detective Stories MP3

    We're celebrating summer with a classic episode of Radiolab--full of mystery, intrigue...and a goat standing on a cow. We haven't actually tried listening to it around a campfire, but we're betting it would totally work. See you in two weeks with a new short!

    11.07.2011

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    11.07.2011

  • Shorts: Curious Sounds: A Radiolab Concert MP3

    In this short, Jad presents the electrifying sounds of three mind-bending musical acts: Brooklyn duo Buke & Gass, drummer Glenn Kotche of Wilco, and the one-and-only Reggie Watts. Their performances were recorded live at our Curious Sounds concert earlier this month in NYC.

    27.06.2011

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    27.06.2011

  • Shorts: A Clockwork Miracle MP3

    In 1562, King Philip II needed a miracle. So he commissioned one from a highly-skilled clockmaker. In this short, a king's deal with God leads to an intricate mechanical creation, and Jad heads to the Smithsonian to investigate. 

    14.06.2011

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    14.06.2011

  • Talking to Machines MP3

    What can machines tell us about being human?

    01.06.2011

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    01.06.2011

  • Shorts: Dogs Gone Wild MP3

    In this short, a family dog disappears into the woods...and the mystery of what happened to him raises a big question about what it means to be wild.

    17.05.2011

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    17.05.2011

  • Shorts: Cosmic Habituation MP3

    In this short, Jonathan Schooler tells us about a discovery that launched his career and led to a puzzle that has haunted him ever since.

    03.05.2011

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    03.05.2011

  • Desperately Seeking Symmetry MP3

    This hour of Radiolab, Jad and Robert set out in search of order and balance in the world around us, and ask how symmetry shapes our very existence--from the origins of the universe, to what we see when we look in the mirror.

    18.04.2011

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    18.04.2011

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