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A Clockwork Miracle

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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. 

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Dogs Gone Wild

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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.

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Cosmic Habituation

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

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.

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Radiolab Video: Symmetry

Monday, April 18, 2011

Is the world full of deep symmetries and ordered pairs? Or do we live in a lopsided universe? This striking video by Everynone plays with our yearning for balance, and reveals how beautiful imperfect matches can be. The video was inspired by our episode Desperately Seeking Symmetry.

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In the Running

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Diane Van Deren is one of the best ultra-runners in the world, and it all started with a seizure. In this short, Diane tells us how her disability gave rise to an extraordinary ability.

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Pass the Science

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Richard Holmes went to Cambridge University intending to study the lives of poets. Until a dueling mathematician, and a dinner conversation composed entirely of gestures, changed his mind.

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A Flock of Two

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

In today's short, we get to know a man who struggles, and mostly fails, to contain his violent outbursts...until he meets a bird who can keep him in check.

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Radiolab Presents: The Loneliness of the Goalkeeper

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

This week on the podcast, football! No, it's not a Super Bowl recap. Jad and Robert present a piece from across the pond--a piece about soccer they fell in love with when they heard it at the Third Coast festival in Chicago.

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The Universe Knows My Name

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In this new short, we explore luck and fate, both good and bad, with an author and a cartoon character.

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Blood Buddies

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

In this new short, a tree full of blood-sucking bats lends a startling twist to our understanding of altruism and natural selection.

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Gravitational Anarchy

Monday, November 29, 2010

A mysterious case of the topsy turvies and a return to the question of what felines feel when they fall.

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What Does Technology Want?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Are new ideas and new inventions inevitable? Are they driven by us or by a larger force of nature?

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Wild Talk

Monday, October 18, 2010

In today's podcast, we get a tantalizing taste of words in the wild, from the jungles to the prairie.

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The Walls of Jericho

Monday, October 04, 2010

In this podcast, Jad and Robert throw some physics at a bible story. We find out just how many trumpeters you'd actually need to blow down the walls of Jericho.

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Voices in Your Head

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

In this podcast, Jad talks to Charles Fernyhough about the connection between thought and the voice in your head. How did it get there? And what's happening when people hear someone else's voice in their head?

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Bonus Video: Words

Monday, August 09, 2010

Words have the power to shape the way we think and feel. In this stunning video (made to accompany our Words episode), filmmakers Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante bandy visual wordplay into a moving exploration of the power of language.

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Secrets of Success

Monday, July 26, 2010

Robert and Malcolm Gladwell duke it out over questions of luck, talent, passion, and success.

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The Luckiest Lobster

Monday, July 12, 2010

An unlikely escape story begins in a supermarket, and ends in a boat off the coast of Maine.

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Strangers in the Mirror

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Oliver Sacks, the famous neuroscientist and author, can't recognize faces. Neither can Chuck Close--the great artist known for his enormous paintings of ... that's right, faces.

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Vanishing Words

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

When scientists treat words like data, clues to the real-life mysteries of human aging are found in the writings of Agatha Christie and 678 nuns.

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