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Krulwich Wonders: Finnish Underwater Ice Fishing Mystery Finally Solved

Saturday, November 10, 2012

NPR

I'm going to take you somewhere, but before I do, I should warn you that there's something not quite right about what you'll see. This place I'm going to show you will be astonishingly beautiful. It will be cold. It will be wet. But it will also be a touch -- more than a touch -- mysterious. So watch carefully.

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Krulwich Wonders: Mathematically-Challenging Bagels

Thursday, November 08, 2012

NPR

Surgically, this will be complicated. Mathematically, it will be elegant. What we are going to do is take an ordinary bagel, and rather than cut it in half, we are going to turn it, delicately, into two intertwining, interlocked bagel parts, connected, unbroken, one twisting through one the other. In other words, a Mobius bagel.

George W. Hart

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Krulwich Wonders: When You're Visited by a Copy of Yourself, Stay Calm

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

NPR

You know Carl Linnaeus, right? The great Swedish naturalist who categorized plants and animals in the 1750s? He was a singular figure in botany. But when he got a headache, he stopped being singular. He doubled, from one Carl to two.

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Blanc photos

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Mel Blanc was known as "the man of 1,000 voices" (Bugs Bunny, Tweety, & tons more). Sean Cole shares some photos from Mel's mountain home in Big Bear Lake, where he interviewed Mel's son Noel for our new short What's Up, Doc?

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If These Walls Could Talk

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Pipes get metaphysical when a historian (of medicine) and a plumber meet inside one tiny midtown Manhattan apartment...

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A Calm Voice in the Storm

Thursday, November 01, 2012

A quick note of appreciation from Jad for WNYC's Hurricane Sandy coverage throughout a devastating storm, and difficult recovery, here in NYC.

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Spooky Songs for Halloween

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Whether you're staying in tonight or getting ready to go out, we've put together a playlist of spooky songs (plus a few comic-creepy picks) to get you in the Halloween spirit.

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Worse than the Man who Poisons the Halloween Candy...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

So you know those warnings about the evil stranger who poisons the Halloween candy? Well, Lulu Miller explains there’s never been a documented case of that actually happening. Read all about the Candy Poisoner myth here.

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Brain Fodder Vol. 4

Monday, October 29, 2012

In honor of Halloween, a spooky tale to chill your bones, a toasty cider recipe to warm 'em back up, and a scary-sounding web series that's actually a comedy. Take a look and listen to this week's picks.

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A Glimpse of Neverland

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lulu muses on fairy tales and foxes, and the reassuring idea that of all the uncertain things in the universe, one certainty is change.

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The Power of Coffee is Not in the Cup

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

To answer a listener's foodie questions, Molly Webster dives deep into the least likely part of your morning coffee ... the stain it leaves behind.

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Krulwich Wonders: When You're Almost Extinct, Your Price Goes Up

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

NPR

When a species gets rare, its market value rises. The higher its price, the more it's hunted. The more it's hunted, the rarer it gets. Not a happy cycle, and this keeps happening ...

Illustration by NPR

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Radiolab Halloween Costume Contest

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Submit a photo of the Halloween costume you're creating this year, and Jad, Robert, & Lulu will pick a 2012 costume champ. Get all the details, enter your pic, and keep an eye on the competition here. Or if you have our mobile app, send us a photo right from your phone.

 

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Krulwich Wonders: Tough Old Lizards to Face Grave Romantic Troubles, Say Scientists

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NPR

A lizard-like creature that's endured since the days of the dinosaurs now faces an uncertain future. Robert explains, and shares some stunning photos.

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Brain Fodder Vol. 3

Monday, October 15, 2012

On the brains of Radiolabbers this week: pillow lava, pale ale, and an intense soundtrack.

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Diagnosis Hangout Party

Thursday, October 11, 2012

This weekend, our episode Diagnosis airs on public radio stations across the country. Get fired up with our studio party experiment -- we hosted a quick Google Hangout On Air with a crew of Radiolab producers and a special guest from the episode.

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Krulwich Wonders: Obama's Secret Weapon in the South - Small, Dead, but Still Kickin'

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

NPR

Robert goes way, way, way back in time for some political insights...and finds a surprising factor: plankton. Take a look at how geology makes a mark on political maps of the Deep South.

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I Would Love on You

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Lulu Miller shares a short documentary called “The Love Competition” by filmmaker Brent Hoff, in which contestants face off against one another in fMRI machines...to try to measure who can love the hardest. Take a look.

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Brain Fodder Vol. 2

Friday, October 05, 2012

This week: a singing planet, scientific proof that lots of things really do taste like chicken, a love letter to a map, and lots more...

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