Radiolab

Time

Jun 12, 2015

06/19/2015 - Jorge Luis Borges wrote, "Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire." And it’s still as close a definition as we have. This hour of Radiolab, we try our hand at unlocking the mysteries of time. We stretch and bend it, wrestle with its subjective nature, and wrap our minds around strategies to standardize it...stopping along the way at a 19th-century railroad station in Ohio, a track meet, and a Beethoven concert.

Hello

Jun 10, 2015

06/12/2015 - It's hard to start a conversation with a stranger—especially when that stranger is, well, different. He doesn't share your customs, celebrate your holidays, watch your TV shows, or even speak your language. Plus he has a blowhole.

In this episode, we try to make contact with some of the strangest strangers on our little planet: dolphins. Producer Lynn Levy eavesdrops on some human-dolphin conversations, from a studio apartment in the Virgin Islands to a research vessel in the Bermuda Triangle.

Sleep

May 29, 2015

06/05/2015 - Birds do it, bees do it...yet science still can't answer the basic question: why do we sleep? Every creature on the planet sleeps--from giant humpback whales to teeny fruit flies. What does it do for us, and what happens when we go without? We take a peek at iguanas sleeping with one eye open, get in bed with a pair of sleep-deprived parents, and eavesdrop on the uneasy dreams of rat.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91528-sleep/

Ghost Stories

May 29, 2015

05/29/2015 - One man finds a way to put the beatdown on his personal bogey man, a dead monk spurs a king to build a perfect prayer machine, and unknown face launches a thousand dummies (actually, a whole lot more than that), and a skeptic goes on a one-way journey to find out whether spirits exist.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/218948-ghost-stories/

Blood

May 15, 2015

05/22/2015 - From medicine to the movies, the horrifying to the holy, and history to the present day -- we're kinda obsessed with blood. This hour, we consider the power and magic of the red liquid that runs through our veins.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/308403-blood/

Yellow Fluff

May 15, 2015

05/15/2015 - The quest for scientific knowledge is one of the great and noble pursuits of humankind. It's also one of the most dangerous, frustrating, ego-driven, transcendent, dirty, sublime, tedious, demoralizing, inspiring...you get the idea. This hour, stories of love and loss in the name of science.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91672-yellow-fluff-and-other-curious-encounters/

La Mancha Screwjob

May 15, 2015

05/08/2015 - All the world’s a stage. So we push through the fourth wall, pierce the spandex-ed heart of professional wrestling, and travel 400 years into the past to unmask our obsession with authenticity and our desire to walk the line between reality and fantasy.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/la-mancha-screwjob/

Afterlife

May 15, 2015

05/01/2015 - What happens at the moment when we slip from life...to the other side? Is it a moment? If it is, when exactly does it happen? And what happens afterward? It's a show of questions that don't have easy answers. So, in a slight departure from our regular format, we bring you eleven meditations on how, when, and even if we die.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91680-after-life/

Diagnosis

Mar 10, 2015

03/13/2015 - Humans love to solve problems. In this hour of Radiolab, diagnosis--our attempt to find out what's wrong, and give it a label.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91662-diagnosis/

Famous Tumors

Mar 10, 2015

03/06/2015 - Say hello to the growth that killed Ulysses S. Grant, meet Tasmanian Devils battling contagious tumors, and get to know the woman whose cancer cells changed modern medicine.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91713-famous-tumors/

Jurisdiction

Dec 16, 2014

12/19/2014 - What do a duck hunt and a jealous spouse have in common? Just a profound effect on international relations and in existential struggle at the heart of how the US is governed.  This hour, we ask who gets to set the rules for the rest of us - from how the intentions of long-dead founding fathers still push and pull us today, to the front lines of a raging musical battle over the soul of hip-hop.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/jurisdiction/

Inheritance

Dec 16, 2014

12/12/2014 - 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.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/251876-inheritance/

Where Am I?

Dec 16, 2014

12/05/2014 - How does your brain keep track of your body? This hour Radiolab tells stories of the mind-body link gone terribly wrong. We'll puzzle through the mysteries of missing limbs and hear about a novel treatment involving optical illusions.  Plus, the story of a butcher who suddenly lost his entire sense of touch, and we hear from pilots who suffer out-of-body experiences while flying fighter jets.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91524-where-am-i/

Stochasticity

Dec 16, 2014

11/28/2014 - Stochasticity (a wonderfully slippery and smarty-pants word for randomness) may be at the very foundation of our lives.  To understand how big a role it plays, we look at chance and patterns in sports, lottery tickets, and even the cells in our own body.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91684-stochasticity/

Emergence

Dec 16, 2014

11/21/2014 - What happens when there is no leader?  Starlings, bees, and ants manage just fine. In fact, they form staggeringly complicated societies - all without a Toscanini to conduct them into harmony.  This hour we ask how this happens.  We gaze down at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our very own brains with fire-flyologists, ant experts, neurologists, a mathematician, and an economist.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91500-emergence/

Speed

Dec 16, 2014

11/15/2014 - 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.  We'll take a look at the longest running science experiment in history and team up with NPR's Planet Money to try to wrap our heads around the speed of high frequency trading.

http://www.radiolab.org/search/?q=Speed#q=Speed

Galapagos

Dec 16, 2014

11/08/2014 - Is it inevitable that even our most sacred natural landscapes will one day be swallowed up by humans?  This hour: the strange story of a small group of islands going through some very big changes, and just how far we're willing to go to stop their transformation.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/galapagos/

War of the Worlds

Dec 16, 2014

11/01/2014 - On this hour, a deep dive into one of the most controversial moments in broadcasting history:  Orson Welles' 1938 radio play about Martians invading New Jersey, "The Ware of the Worlds."

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91622-war-of-the-worlds/

Inner Voices

Dec 16, 2014

10/25/2014 - This hour we explore the voices inside our heads.  From a child forming his or her first thought to the nagging feeling that you're bound to fail, we'll delve into all the ways that the voices in our heads shape us, help us, and sometimes hurt us.  Along the way, tell the story of Mel Blanc, "the man of 1000 voices," and how one of those voices might have saved his life.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/301401-inner-voices/

Things

Sep 20, 2014

09/27/2014 - Important things, little things, personal things, things you can hold and things that can take hold of you.  This hour, investigations of the objects around us, their power to move us, and whether it's better to look back or more on, hold on tight, or just let go.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/things/

Detective Stories

Sep 19, 2014

09/13/2014 - Forensics, archeology, genealogy, and genetics are devoted to figuring out what really happened.  In this hour, digging up the past leads to some very unexpected finds.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91516-detective-stories/

Cities

Sep 19, 2014

09/06/2014 - In this hour, we take to the street to ask what makes cities tick.  There's no scientific metric for measuring a city's personality.  But step out on the sidewalk, and you can see and feel it.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91732-cities/

Loops

Aug 23, 2014

08/30/2014 - Our lives are filled with loops that hurt us, heal us, make us laugh, and  sometimes leave us wanting more.  This hour, Radiolab investigates the strange things that emerge when something happens, then happens again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and...well, again.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/161744-loops/

Escape

Aug 16, 2014

08/23/2014 - 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.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/187571-escape/

60 Words

Aug 9, 2014

08/16/2014 - This hour we pull apart one sentence, written in the hours after September 11th, 2001, that has led to the longest war in U.S. history. We examine how just 60 words of legal language have blurred the line between war and peace.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/60-words/

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/

07/21/2014 - Imagine a gigantic vacuum cleaner scooping up all electronic communications. That’s what the National Security Agency does. Think you are safe from NSA snooping? That you can hide behind clever passwords? Think again. The Agency has the capability to generate one billion password guesses per second. On top of that it can remotely activate your cell phone and computer and use them as eavesdropping and tracking devices. The NSA is at the center of a system of monitoring and control beyond the wildest dreams of the greatest tyrants in history.

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/

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