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Celebrate another year of Radiolab

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

We're really proud of the work we do here at Radiolab. And this past year, if you've been listening to the podcast, you've heard stories that we fought with and fell in love with and coaxed into being.

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Home is Where Your Dancing Robot Lives

Friday, December 16, 2011

I’ve never really wanted a house.  Whatever gene makes people crave white picket fences, stainless steel appliances and perfectly manicured lawns, I don’t have it. And OK, sure, there’s a little corner of my brain where I fantasize about the kind of built-in bookshelves that require a rolling ladder, but for the most part my dream house is just a safe place to sleep when I’m well and truly exhausted.

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Krulwich Wonders: Vowels Control Your Brain

Thursday, December 08, 2011

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Here's something you should know about yourself. Vowels control your brain.

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Romania, Bears and an Old Friend

Monday, December 05, 2011

When Pat Walters traveled to Romania with a few American reporters to teach some classes on narrative journalism to a group of Romanian writers, he had a coincidental run-in with a Radiolab regular. Sort of. Read more, and check out some of Pat's travel photos, here.

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Radiolab Interns Wanted

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Interested in helping us make Radiolab?  We're now accepting applications for our spring internship!  Submit an application via the WNYC website.

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Krulwich Wonders: The Library Phantom Returns!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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He? She? It? Whoever it is, the Phantom Sculptor is suddenly back!

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Radiolab Reads: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes

Monday, November 21, 2011

This is the the kind of book that makes me long for a headlamp and blanket fort--reading it is too much of an adventure for an armchair, or a park bench. 

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Krulwich Wonders: Shake It! How Dogs, Cats, Even Hummingbirds Keep Dry

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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They don't have towels. So when they get wet, what do they do? They shake themselves into a frenzy and the water flies off like this:

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How to Get to North Brother Island

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The New York City Parks Department would probably want me to start this way: North Brother Island is a ruin. It hasn’t been occupied, nor used for anything by anyone except nesting herons, since the early 70’s. Thus, it’s dangerous.

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Radiolab Reads: Science Ink

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Carl Zimmer's latest book got its start in a swimming pool. Carl was at a party one summer, when he noticed something new about his longtime friend Bob: a tattoo of what looked like a little strand of DNA on his shoulder.  

 

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Last Words

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The New York Times published a moving eulogy to Steve Jobs, written by his sister Mona Simpson, on Sunday. It's a beautiful piece of writing, and as several of you pointed out, it strikes an emotional chord very similar to one we explored in a short about Hamlet's last words. Here's a link to the eulogy, and here's an mp3 of The Four Groans.

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Krulwich Wonders: No, Not that Left, Your OTHER Left!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

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A post from Robert's excellent Krulwich Wonders blog.

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Support Radiolab, & Enter to Win...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hey everybody. We rely on listeners like you to support Radiolab--your contributions help us pay for the show, and keep the podcast free. If you like what we do, and want to help us keep doing it, please chip in right now with an online contribution. And if you do, you'll automatically be entered to win an iPad2, courtesy of our friends at Tekserve.

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Krulwich Wonders: Two Plates. One Herbivore. One Omnivore. Which Is Which?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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One night, somewhere, they won't say where, but I'm guessing it was a Manhattan loft with a big kitchen, a food anarchist named Mike Lee got 40 people to perform a daring experiment in food camouflage.

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Steve Jobs and 39,000 Others This Year with Pancreatic Cancer

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Here at Radiolab, we were very saddened when we learned that Steve Jobs had lost his struggle with cancer. The news brought to our minds the piece that Lu Olkowski reported for our 'Diagnosis' episode about pancreatic cancer.

We reached out to Teri ...

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Free Download: Juana Molina

Friday, October 07, 2011

"La Verdad," by Juana Molina

Juana Molina lands on my very short list of Awesome. Nobody sings like her -- that raspy ever-so-slightly-but-delightfully-flat tone. And very few people make music that's simultaneously so inviting but so completely formless. Well, I shouldn't use the word completely. There's form there. It just not the usual snoozy song-structurey form. Her songs ebb and flow and and meander from one section to the next like water, organic but full of unexpected turns. Like sometimes she'll ditch the words and start to vocalize like a cat. I don't know why, but it works. Hope you dig this one. It's one of only about forty songs that frequent my list of Awesome.

And for more of Juana's music, check out the Sperm show, where we used some bits and pieces of one of her songs. And this podcast we produced with her, after a ton of you demanded to hear more.

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A World of Undersea Cutouts

Thursday, October 06, 2011

After hearing about the "Whale Fall" story in our just-released Loops episode, former Radiolab intern Sharon Shattuck rallied the folks at Sweet Fern Productions and made this beautiful video. They created an intricate world of paper cutouts to illustrate the different stages a whale carcass goes through after dropping to the bottom of the ocean. The music is courtesy of Kentucky-based band Rachel's.

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Becoming a Noun

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ever dreamed about your name living on forever? Robert and Adam Cole put together this wildly charming video about eponyms.

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Krulwich Wonders: What's He Saying? 'Bahh' Or 'Fahh'? A Brain Mystery

Friday, September 23, 2011

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I love illusions, where your brain makes weird things happen. Those of you who come here often have seen some doozies, but this one ... oooh, this is one of the strangest.

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Holy Genius, Abumrad

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

So, turns out...Jad is totally a Genius--he just got word he's been named a MacArthur Fellow. Go Jad! Team Radiolab salutes you! Now hurry up and finish the podcast so we can parade you around and celebrate!

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