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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

NPR

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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Joyous Asymmetry

Friday, July 29, 2011

This absolutely makes our day. Inspired by our Desperately Seeking Symmetry episode, dozens of cellophane-clad college students celebrate the existence of everything.

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Free Download: Zoe Keating

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Optimist," by Zoe Keating

Zoe Keating is a friend of the show. We've performed live with her around a dozen times, give or take. And on our last tour (Symmetry), Zoe would often play this piece, Optimist, which she wrote for her son Alex when he was negative four months old. Every time, the audience fell into a trance. Those are the moments from the tour I really remember, getting to sit quietly on stage and watch the audience watch Zoe.

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Radiolab Reads: Room Temperature

Monday, July 25, 2011

This whole novel takes place in a few minutes, in a quiet room drenched with late-afternoon sun.  As the narrator of Room Temperature feeds his baby daughter, he lets his mind wander—and you get to wander with him, through tiny revelations about nose-picking and green dresses and childhood crimes and mobiles made of paint chips.

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Krulwich Wonders: What's The World's Favorite Number?

Friday, July 22, 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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Free Download: Lali Puna

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"Faking The Books," by Lali Puna

When I first heard this song, I went into one of those strange deliriums that happen to me once a decade, and I played the song fifteen times in a row, no joke. I’ve since heard from a few other people who’ve had the same reaction. There’s something narcotic about the way the song builds, and about what’s being described – people trying to fake their way to being good. But I won’t bore you with my thoughts. Just listen to it. Let me know if this song does to you what it does (still does, now 7 years later) to me.

 

 

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Radiolab Reads: Friday Night Lights

Monday, July 18, 2011

Friday Night Lights -- This is one that's worth consuming in its original form.

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Free Download: Casino Versus Japan

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"Miano: A Pink Night For Snowmen," by Casino Versus Japan

Casino Versus Japan is the recording name audio chemist Erik Kowalski takes on for his ambient and electronic music experiments. This free download is from the latest Casino Versus Japan album, Night on Tape.

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