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Video: Hallelujah Mantis Shrimp

Monday, July 30, 2012

How do you put a rainbow on the radio? You call on a choral SWAT team to turn the spectrum into a wall of sound (and pay tribute to a sea creature that sees way beyond anything humans can perceive). Watch Jad in action conducting a choir for our Colors show.

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Ringmaster to the Rainbow

Friday, July 27, 2012

Latif Nasser introduces us to a pioneering figure with a complicated legacy -- a woman named Natalie Kalmus who made her mark in Hollywood by  doing everything in her power to become the "ringmaster to the rainbow."

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Like 1,000 blockbusters exploding all around you

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Our short Double Blasted tells the story of a man who survived not one, but TWO atomic bomb blasts--first in Hiroshima, and then in Nagasaki--in 1945. After hearing it, the wonderful folks at WNYC's Archives pointed us to two surreal-sounding broadcasts.

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Behind the Goat

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Lulu Miller explains how a goat standing on a cow helped change the course of Radiolab, and why you should chase double-takes and slammed doors with a microphone.

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Krulwich Wonders: Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


They weren't crazy. They weren't being punished. All but one volunteered to do this (which makes it all the more astonishing.)

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The Benefits of Playing Hooky

Monday, July 16, 2012

Lulu Miller challenges you to try out the problem-solving powers of playing hooky. Check out the science behind her argument, and let us know if you've ever had breakthrough while taking a break. (And if you're game, send us a photo of your favorite hooky locale!)

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Pigeons Have Magnets...Right?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

There have been at least two major shake-ups in the world of pigeon navigation since we first tried to wrap our brains around the subject in our Lost & Found episode. Blogger Latif Nasser follows up on the ever-puzzling question of how pigeons do what they do.

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Krulwich Wonders: Showing Vultures A Little Love

Tuesday, July 03, 2012


Robert praises the hardworking, often maligned, but utterly lovable vulture.

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Radiolab Remix Winners

Monday, July 02, 2012

Thanks to everybody who entered our first-ever remix competition! The results are in--check out all the winners and runners up here.

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Color Walking

Friday, June 29, 2012

After running across a delightful experiment (which we stumbled on while researching our Colors show), our intrepid interns Phia & Brendan decided to give it a whirl. Take a look.

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On Jonah

Friday, June 22, 2012


UPDATE: A more recent statement regarding Jonah Lehrer can be found here.

Recently, our friend and contributor Jonah Lehrer has come under fire for what some have called "self plagiarism."

The notion that Jonah is a "plagiarist" is beyond ridiculous.  And the way in which some journalists are jumping up and down, claiming he's no longer a "writer" but an "idea man" or an example of "male arrogance"...that's just plain ugly.  There are some useful conversations that can come from this, namely, what does it mean to be a print journalist in the 21st century? What are the rules?  I'll let the print journalists have that conversation.

What I personally hope doesn't get lost in all the hand waving is Jonah Lehrer's body of work. He's one of the most stunningly original voices I've ever encountered. I knew it the moment I first read Proust Was A Neuroscientist. That's why we've had Jonah on the show 17 times, by my count. And that's why we will have him on again, and again, because he explores and explains with the best of them. And we like to work with the best.

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Krulwich Wonders: What The Vampire Said To The Horseshoe Crab: 'Your Blood Is Blue?'

Friday, June 01, 2012


Krulwich considers the strange powers, and brilliant hue, of horseshoe crab blood. Read the full post here.

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Radiolab Remix Challenge

Friday, May 25, 2012

Radiolab Remix Challenge! We're inviting you to re-imagine some of our favorite stories. Check out the contest page or use the Facebook app to get started.

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All the Covers of the Rainbow

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

For our new Colors episode, we reached out to dozens of amazing artists and asked them to record covers for the show. What we got back blew our minds.  Here's a list of all the recordings we featured in the show.

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Science Fair SOS

Thursday, May 03, 2012

If you've got advice on how to achieve middle school science fair glory, one of our listeners could use a little help...

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Help Us Explore Creativity and Failure

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Our friends at Longshot Radio are speed-producing a series of radio pieces today about creativity's most dramatic moments--of struggle, failure, and triumph. And we want to hear your stories. Find out more, and tell us about your own creative highs and lows.

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Krulwich Wonders: A Most Peculiar Sunset

Monday, April 30, 2012


Robert puzzles over why sunsets on the Red Planet are blue. Find out why, and take a look at some photos and an animation from NASA.

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Butterflies in the Belfry

Monday, April 23, 2012

Latif Nasser makes an unexpected discovery in a psych ward in Denmark--an unusual museum full of stunning artifacts. Read more, and check out a ton of photos.

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