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Thursday, October 23, 2014

How Radiolab took 7 classic songs and transposed them, then translated them into 7 foreign languages. 
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Bob Milne Rocking Out

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ragtime pianist Bob Milne blows our minds with a should-be-impossible musical feat in our Inner Voices episode. After you listen, watch him go to town in this boogie-woogie piece.
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Radiolab en Español

Monday, October 20, 2014

Spanish speakers, we'd love some feedback. How does Radiolab sound in Spanish? Does it translate? 
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Getting to the Finish Line: The (Non) Limits of One Woman's Endurance

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

In 1982, Julie Moss entered the 4th annual Ironman competition. And with her body revolting against her, she finished on hands and knees. Listen to her story in Limits, and watch this.
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It's a Very Tough Little Spaceship and It Knows What It's Doing

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

It's no secret that we're a little obsessed with the Voyager mission, but we're even more obsessed with adorable children who are obsessed with the Voyager mission.
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Is That A Lark I Hear? A Nightingale? Surprise! It's A Bat

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

There are animals famous for their songs. Whales sing. Birds sing. We humans have Aretha, Elvis, Ray Charles, Pavarotti. But bats — who knew?
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George in New Jersey

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

What if the Galapagos Islands' most beloved creature turned up right next door in scenic Woodland Park, New Jersey?
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2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Let's compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There's nothing to see in either. Or is there?
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Everything Dies, Right? But Does Everything Have To Die? Here's A Surprise

Friday, September 26, 2014

Meet two animals. Both are teeny. Both live in water. Both mature extra fast. But while one dies in about a week, the other — well, prepare to be amazed.
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'Murdersquishing' Them To Death: How Little Bees Take On Enormous Hornets

Friday, September 19, 2014

They are small. They are weak. They are vulnerable. But these little bees take on a humongous predator in the most ingenious way.
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What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.
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Howling Babies Drove Prehistoric Warriors Into Battle?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Can a colicky baby's piercing scream be militarized? As in, made (literally) into a weapon of war? Oh, absolutely, says this scholar, smiling ever so slightly.
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Souls Tumbling In The Light

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Every fall, birds head south and, around Sept. 11, New York sends two beams into the sky. When birds and lights collide, that could mean trouble — but New York is surprisingly gentle.
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Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

Sunday, September 07, 2014

We live on a planet, next to a star that's part of a galaxy that's part of ... ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic "supercluster." Take a look.
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Building Me: A Puzzlement

Friday, September 05, 2014

I am made of atoms — 7,000 trillion trillion of them. How did I teach them to tie my shoes? Or did they teach me?
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Glenn Gould In Rapture

Thursday, September 04, 2014

You don't get to see this too often: a man (in this case, a very talented man) totally possessed by his muse. Watch pianist Glenn Gould deep in what psychologists call "a flow state."
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A Giant Appears At The Edge Of An African Roadway

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

If the task is to think backward, to an important moment in history, here's a stunning way to do it: It's a jewel of a monument alongside a road in South Africa.
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I Missed My Birthday? Darn!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When Mary Sue Campbell got stuck in a loop -- caused by a bout of Transient Global Amnesia -- her daughter Christine caught it on camera.
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Kristen Schaal Is a Horse

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Watch the fantastically, maddeningly loopy Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal sketch that kicks off our Loops show. 
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Roadways You Can Install Like Throw Rugs

Sunday, August 24, 2014

You look. You gape. You can't believe your eyes. Well, take a peek at this image and ask yourself, 'How did they do this?'
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