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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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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 Loops episode, former Radiolab intern Sharon Shattuck rallied the folks at Sweet Fern Productions and made this beautiful video. 
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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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Krulwich Wonders: Lord, Save Me From The Krebs Cycle

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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Little kids love dinosaurs, bugs and exploring the woods. Science doesn't scare them; they find it fun — until 9th grade. That's when most of us take our first biology class and everything changes. That's when we learn, not because we choose to, but because we know it might be on The Test, and too often, curiosity gets replaced by fear.

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Radiolab Reads: Intern Edition

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rose Eveleth and Kristen Clark, our wonderful summer interns, offer a couple of great non-fiction picks as their last official duty here. Featuring eight kinds of salsa, plus Tetris!

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Krulwich Wonders: A Deathbed Story I Would Never Tell

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

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A post from Robert's excellent blog Krulwich Wonders. Read all his Krulwich Wonders posts here.

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Radiolab Reads: The Birthday Boys

Monday, August 29, 2011

In 1910, Robert Falcon Scott led an expedition to Antarctica in a race to become the first explorer to reach the South Pole. The trip went down in history as one of the most grueling, terrible journeys imaginable.

 

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Radiolab Reads: All Over but the Shoutin'

Monday, August 22, 2011

Later this week, Radiolab goes to northeastern Alabama in our new hour-long podcast. For more on that part of our country, and for one of the most honest American memoirs out there, pick up Rick Bragg's All Over but the Shoutin'.

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Free Download: The Octopus Project

Friday, August 19, 2011

"I Saw the Bright Shinies," by The Octopus Project

A specific memory colors this song for me. About five years ago, my wife and I traveled to Japan for a wedding, and during the ceremony, the couple played a photo slide show of their Happy Moments (beach kissing, the proposal, painting the house, etc)... sort of your classic slightly-cheesy but sweet wedding video. But what made this one over the top beautiful and moving and at the same time funny was the accompanying music. This song. "I Saw the Bright Shinies." I downloaded it that night, and then a whole bunch of others from The Octopus Project. They're that rare math rock band that still remembers to rock. And they have a good sense of humor. I hope you enjoy this song. If you like it, definitely check out their new album, Hexadecagon.

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Radiolab Reads: Innocent When You Dream

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lately the only song I want to hear is "I Don't Want To Grow Up" by Tom Waits.

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Free Download: The Books

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"I Didn't Know That," by The Books

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Radiolab Reads: Year of the King

Monday, August 08, 2011

In the summer of 1983, Antony Sher got word that he was in line to play one of the most evil characters in literature--Shakespeare's murderous King Richard III. He spent the next year of his life getting ready for the role--turning himself into the "bottled spider," and turning his ambitions, doubts, and inspirations into a stunning account of the inner life of an actor.

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Free Download: Max Richter

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

"Infra 1," by Max Richter

I’m really proud to feature Max Richter for this week’s download. Max is my favorite film composer. He writes these beautiful small pieces that take you into the emotional depths of a moment or a character.

I use him as a guide for scoring this show. Constantly. Like: when I’m stuck scoring a piece and I just can't get the mood or feeling right (which is often) what I’ll do, to hit the reset button, is listen to Max Richter’s 24 Postcards In Full Colour and ask myself, what would Max do here? Sparse piano cords? Subterranean strings?

His music seems to live in the place our stories are always striving to get to – awe, mystery, transformation, illumination. Yeah, I’m pretty much a Max Richter-hack.

"Infra 1" is the first track from an album he released last year called Infra. It’s on the quieter, more fragile end of his spectrum, which is the stuff of his I tend to like most. I hope you enjoy this piece.

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Krulwich Wonders: Living Very, Very Narrowly

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

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A post from Robert's excellent blog Krulwich Wonders. Read all his Krulwich Wonders posts here.


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Is This Whale Saying Thank You?

Monday, August 01, 2011

In our Animal Minds episode, we met a group of divers who rescued a humpback whale, then shared a really incredible moment...a moment in which the divers are convinced that the whale found a way to say thank you. We obviously can't know for sure, and that question--how well can we really know the minds of animals?--was at the heart of the show.

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