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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

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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

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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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Crossroads Music

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

We discovered a ton of amazing music while putting together our story about the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson (which you can hear in our show The Power of Music). Check out the line-up here -- if you listen through, you end up with something of a history of the roots of rock n' roll.

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Krulwich Wonders: Getting Drunk On Stars

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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Robert gapes in wonder at the doodling prowess of self-proclaimed math geek Vi Hart. Read more, and watch Vi's blazing pencil in action.

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Cast a vote for some new Radiolab art

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

We’re creating a series of digital posters for a new Radiolab membership we’re launching this spring...and we’d love your input on which episodes you’d like to see turned into high res art. Thanks for weighing in, and check back next month to see the first posters!

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Into the Abyss

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

For our Guts episode, producer Tim Howard bravely headed to Rutgers University to see, feel...and smell...a fistulated cow firsthand. Check out his pictures here.

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Linnaeus Had No Spam Filter

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

While visiting Sweden, Latif Nasser encountered the spirit of a long-dead legend of taxonomy. And he found himself wondering about an age-old puzzle: how do you savor the mystery of new-found oddities while you're uncovering the facts behind the weirdness?

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Jad & Robert at the Natural History Museum of Utah

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Jad & Robert talked about science, storytelling, and the visceral awesomeness of good radio live at the Natural History Museum of Utah tonight for final talk of the 2012 Nature of Things Series. Thanks to everyone who tuned into the audio stream and joined the chat!

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The Great Brain Mapping Debate

Monday, April 02, 2012

Robert and Carl Zimmer teamed up tonight to moderate a brain mapping brouhaha live at Columbia University. The subject: does the brain's wiring make us who we are? The event has ended, but thanks to everyone who tuned in for the live webcast (and the lively web chat archived below).

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Survey: Advice and Insider Info?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

We're teaming up with the Public Insight Network to conduct some surveys on the phenomenon of insider knowledge. Has your professional opinion ever been in complete disagreement with your personal point of view? We want to hear your story. Read more, & find out how to get in touch.

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A REAL Turing Machine

Friday, March 23, 2012

In our latest short, The Turing Problem, we described the importance of a wholly imaginary invention--Alan Turing's theoretical "universal machine." But thanks to a listener, we found out that someone actually figured out a way to build one! And there's video.

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Krulwich Wonders: When James Cameron Hits Bottom, We Will Hear Him

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NPR

Robert considers the solitude of discovery, versus the grand public statements we tend to expect will spring from the big moment. And he recounts one famous instance--when humans first reached the deepest place on Earth--when no words came.

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