RadioLab

Friday 7:00 PM -8:00 PM
  • Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich

Radiolab is an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds, and stories. In each episode, Radiolab experiments with sound and style allowing science to fuse with culture, and information to sound like music.

Hosted by Jad Abumrad with co-host Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is designed for listeners who demand skepticism but appreciate wonder; who are curious about the world, but also want to be moved and surprised. Radiolab won a Peabody Award in 2011.

Lucy

Aug 2, 2014

08/09/2014 - Chimps.  Bonobos.  Humans.  We're all great apes, but that doesn't mean we're one happy family.  This hour of Radiolab: stories of trying to live together.  Is this kind of cross-species co-habitation an utterly stupid idea?  Or might it be our one last hope as more and more humans fill up the planet?  A chimp named Lucy teaches us the ups and downs of growing up human and a visit to The Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa highlights some of the basics of bonobo culture (be careful, they bit).

Memory And Forgetting

Jul 26, 2014

08/02/2014 - This hour of Radiolab, a look behind the curtain of how memories are made...and forgotten.  Remembering is an unstable and profoundly unreliable process--it's easy come, easy go as we learn how true memories can be obliterated, and false ones added.  And Oliver Sacks joins us to tell the story of an amnesiac whose love for his wife and music transcend his 7-second memory.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91569-memory-and-forgetting/

Who Am I?

Jul 21, 2014

07/26/2014 -The "mind" and "self" were formerly the domain of philosophers and priests. But in this hour of Radiolab, neurologists lead the charge on profound questions like "How does the brain make me?"

We stare into the mirror with Dr. Julian Keenan, reflect on the illusion of selfhood with British neurologist Paul Broks, and contemplate the evolution of consciousness with Dr. V. S. Ramachandran. Also: the story of woman who one day woke up as a completely different person.

Words

Jul 21, 2014

07/19/2014 - It's almost impossible to imagine a world without words.  But this hour, we try to do just that.  We meet a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke, and retrace the birth of a brand new language 30 years ago.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91725-words/

Morality

Jul 21, 2014

07/12/2014 - Where does our sense of right and wrong come from?  We watch chimps at a primate research center sharing blackberries, observe 3-year-olds fighting over toys, and tour Eastern State Penitentiary--the country's first penitentiary. Plus, a story of land grabbing, indentured servitude, and slumlording in the fourth grade.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91508-morality/

07/05/2014 - More often than not, a fight is just a fight...Someone wins, someone loses.  But this hour, we have a series of face-offs that shine a light on the human condition, the benefit of coming at something from a different side, and the price of being right.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/whats-left-when-youre-right/

Mortality

Jun 21, 2014

06/28/2014 - Is death a disease that can be cured?  We filter the modern search for the fountain of youth through personal stories of witnessing death - the death of a cell, the death of a loved one...and the aging of a society.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91562-mortality/

Musical Language

Jun 20, 2014

06/21/2014 - What is music? Why does it move us? How does the brain process sound, and why are some people better at it than others?

We re-imagine the disastrous debut of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 1913 through the lens of modern neurology, and we meet a composer who uses computers to capture the musical DNA of dead composers in order to create new work.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91512-musical-language/

New Normal

Jun 12, 2014

06/14/2014 -

In this hour of Radiolab: reframing our ideas about normalcy. Evolution results from the ability of organisms to change. But how do you tell the difference between a sea change and a ripple in the water? Is a peacenik baboon, a man in a dress, or a cuddly fox a sign of things to come? Or just a flukey outlier from the norm? And is there ever really a norm?

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91693-new-normal/

Who Are You?

Jun 12, 2014

06/07/2014 -

This hour of Radiolab centers around a chilling question: how well can you ever really know the people around you?

We talk to neuroscientists, primatologists, actors, zookeepers, and fathers who are all trying to get inside another’s mind--from how a newborn sees his dad, to a rare disorder that turns family members into impostors.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91717-who-are-you/

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