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Curiosity zaps Mars

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Mars rover Curiosity begins to explore that distant, dusty planet, shooting lasers, and sending pictures.

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The Questing Tick

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

As our Parasites episode airs around the country this week, Lulu Miller considers the Zen-like hunting style of ticks... and encourages you to fight back with a technique that lends i...
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Monday, August 20, 2012

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2 (it rocketed off Earth on 8/20/77 carrying a copy of the Golden Record), and tip your hat to the Mars rover Curiosity as it kicks off its third week on the red planet, with a rebroadcast of one our favorite episodes: Space.

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Deluxe Meteor Shower

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The yearly Perseid meteor shower peaked this past weekend (8/11-8/12), but you may still catch some shooting star sightings through 8/22. Lulu Miller gives us a quick bit of backgroun...
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Jad's manifesto on the gut-twisting discomfort of creativity

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

If you've ever felt sick to your stomach trying to do something creative, Jad knows how you feel...and even better, he suspects those knots in your gut just might be a sign you're o...
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Watch our Hangout: Ring in the Mars Rover

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to watch our first-ever Google Hangout. We had a blast!

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Ringing in the Mars Rover Landing

Thursday, August 02, 2012

We'll be hosting our first Google Hangout On Air this Sunday, 8/5 at 11:30pm EDT to cheer on the landing of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. Watch the online festivities on our brand-new ...
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The Argentine Ant Invasion

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Our short Argentine Invasion traces the relentless and bloody march of a band of ant warriors whose empire now wraps around the planet (they've been found on every continent except ...
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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 huma...
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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 ...
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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 wonderfu...
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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 tak...
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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 Na...
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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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