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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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In C

Monday, December 14, 2009

Jad talks to musicians Michael Lowenstern and Zoe Keating about their remixes of Terry Riley's In C.

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Killing Babies, Saving the World

Monday, November 16, 2009

Robert ambushes Jad with a question we've all been dying to ask him since he became a father. And we revisit some other ideas from our Morality show to think about a few really big modern-day problems (think global warming and nuclear war).

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Helicopter Boy

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A story about a boy, a mom, and a homemade helicopter--and how radio can move you to feel a little bit different about the world.

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Blink

Monday, October 05, 2009

We tackle a question we thought was a no-brainer: why do we blink?

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It Might Be Science

Monday, September 21, 2009

They Might Be Giants celebrate at our season launch party with a live concert, and a conversation about the tricky business of combining science and entertainment.

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After Birth

Monday, August 24, 2009

Jad--a brand new father--wonders what's going on inside the head of his baby Amil. Is it just chaos? Or is there something more, some understanding from the very beginning?

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16: Moments

Friday, August 14, 2009

After hearing our show about moments of death, filmmaker Will Hoffman went out in search of moments of life. What follows is what he found.

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15: Sum

Thursday, August 13, 2009

For meditation number fifteen we have a reading from David Eagleman's book Sum. It's a vision of the after life that's both playful and... horrifying. Sum is read by actor Jeffrey Tambor.

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14: The Four Groans

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Another meditation on what happens after the moment of death, this time as Shakespeare envisions it. 

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13: Gone

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

We continue our meditations on death with a reading from poet and writer, Mark Doty. This is an excerpt from Doty's 1996 memoir Heaven's Coast.

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12: Proof

Monday, August 10, 2009

This week on the podcast, we continue our meditations on death (our After Life episode had eleven). We'll throw a new one at you each day, all week long, culminating in a very special treat at the end of the week.

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In Defense of Darwin?

Monday, July 13, 2009

Robert challenges Richard Dawkins on a number of sticky spots on the subject of biological evolution.

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Are We Coins?

Monday, June 29, 2009

We follow up on our Stochasticity show with an exploration pf whether the little choices we make every day are predictable or not.

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Stochasticity Bonus Video!

Monday, June 15, 2009

We have a special bonus this week to accompany our Stochasticity episode. We asked our friends, Higher Mammals to produce a song and video for our Stochasticity show. We hope you find it completely Random!

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Stayin' Alive

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

A look at four unconventional ways to stay alive.

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