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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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The Loudest Miniature Fuzz

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Music duo Buke and Gass talk to Jad about coaxing delightfully twangy sounds from their homemade instruments.

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The Bus Stop

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Lulu Miller talks to a nursing home in Düsseldorf, Germany that came up with a novel approach to caring for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients.

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Do I Know You?

Monday, March 08, 2010

A rare and haunting disorder called Capgras turns loved ones into imposters--and reveals that recognizing people, even the people we know the best, is more about how they make us feel than what we see in front of our eyes.

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The Shy Baboon

Monday, February 08, 2010

Biopsychologist Barbara Smuts takes us to a remote area of Kenya, where she tried to gain the trust of a troop of baboons in the 1970s.

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Fu Manchu

Monday, January 25, 2010

A showdown between a zookeeper and an orangutan named Fu Manchu raises a question: can an animal know what's in your head well enough to manipulate and deceive you?

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