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Hyper Audio Experiment

Friday, April 29, 2011

A segment from our latest episode, Desperately Seeking Symmetry, has been turned into an experimental hyper audio player--linking images, comments, and an animated transcript to the audio. It was built using HTML5, so you may need to upgrade your browser to the latest version in order to get the ...

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Radiolab Ringtones

Friday, April 08, 2011

Jad gathered up some of Radiolab's greatest sound effects for a sonic gallery put together by The New York Times Magazine. Then, a listener asked us to turn them into ringtones, so we did! Here they are, from the Big Bang, to Wriggling Sperm. Enjoy!

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A Man Who Loved Insects

Monday, March 28, 2011

Tom Eisner spent most of his life--from his early childhood in South America, to his award-winning work at Cornell--in the company of insects...studying every aspect of their lives. He died on Friday at age 81, a beloved author and nature photographer who taught countless scientists to love bugs. ...

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Pigeon Wars

Friday, January 28, 2011

While I was working on the pigeon piece for the Lost & Found show, fellow Radiolab contributor Douglas Q. Smith took me out to Bushwick to meet George Martin, a man who flies pigeons from a factory roof.  This is brief look into his world.

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Prairie Dogs on Morning Edition

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jad and Robert were on Morning Edition bright and early this morning, discussing the most sophisticated animal language ever described: a grammar of color, shapes, and sizes embedded in prairie dog chirps. Read more, and listen to some prairie dog alarm calls, here.

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Goat on a Cow Dance!

Friday, January 07, 2011

This adaptation of our "Goat on a Cow" story is so beautiful it made Robert cry--he broke into tears at his desk, as he describes to the New York Times. The dance was directed and choreographed by Andrew Palermo, with additional choreography by Taye Diggs, as a ...

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Remixing an Interstellar Mixed Tape

Monday, January 03, 2011

In 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft as part of the Voyager Interstellar Mission. Each probe carried a copy of the Golden Record--a copper album, coated in gold, of images and recordings meant to convey life on earth to extraterrestrials who might someday cross paths with the probes.  In addition to ...

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It's Been a Great Year

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A few 2010 Radiolab highlights: a woman fights a 950-pound bull to save a stranger's life, we argue about falling cats, a toxic lake spawns new life, and we meet a chimp who was raised to be human. If you value stories like these, help support them with a year-end donation--it's easy, and tax-deductible. Or text "RL" to 25383, and a $10 donation will appear on your phone bill (messaging and data rates apply). Thanks everybody!

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The Prisoner's Dilemma

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

In our episode The Good Show, we wrestle with the question of whether natural selection inherently favors selfish behavior. Is the process of evolutionary competion cruel, or does it sometimes pay to be nice?

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A Recipe for Perpetual Motion?

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

A cat and a piece of jellied toast: could you break the laws of physics with these two simple tools? Check out this week’s podcast, Gravitational Anarchy, and be sure to listen for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s explanation of one of the more elegant and DIY paradoxes out ...

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The Robot Threat

Friday, November 19, 2010

In this week's podcast, Robert chatted with Steven Johnson and Kevin Kelly about the evolution of ideas and technology...and toward the end of the conversation you hear him getting nervous about the idea that technology might one day develop a mind of its own and, just maybe, crush us in ...

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Take our Radiolab survey

Friday, November 05, 2010

Help us out--take our Radiolab survey and let us know what you think about the show. It's pretty quick, and we'd love to hear from you! Thanks!

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Surviving a Blowout Under the East River

Monday, November 01, 2010

In our Cities episode, Jad tells the story of Marshall Mabey, a sandhog who was working to dig a subway tunnel under the East River in 1916. In order to keep the tunnel from collapsing under the weight of the riverbed and river, compressed air was pumped into ...

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Goodbye Jure

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sad news. Jure Robic (one of the heroes of our Limits show) died in a bicycle accident on Friday, just a few miles from his home town of Jesenice, Slovenia.

Lulu Miller, who reported the story in which Jure appeared, wrote in to share some moments from the interview that did not make it into the final piece:

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Falling Soundscapes Challenge

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

When we were putting together our Falling show, we came up with a wishlist of falling scenes we'd love to hear. If you're game, choose one and make an mp3 that's no longer than 25 seconds. Then, upload it to SoundCloud (you can use the widget below).

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Goat on a Cow...on a T-shirt!

Monday, August 30, 2010

By popular demand: Radiolab t-shirts! Two designs, in cuts for men and women, are available from Chop Shop. Now you can wear your heart on your short-sleeves, and show some Radiolab love!

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Radiolab on Morning Edition

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

When Alice fell down the rabbit hole, her fall seemed to last forever. Neuroscientist David Eagleman had the same experience as an 8 year old boy while falling off a roof. This led him to wonder, what is it about brushes with death that cause this slow-mo effect? He now thinks he knows.
Jad, Robert, David and Steve Inskeep discuss!

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Coming Soon: Words

Friday, August 06, 2010

This coming Monday (August 9th), we'll be podcasting our new episode Words. And if that's not exciting enough, we've got a fantastic new film from Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante to accompany it! Here's a preview for now--the full video will be podcast, and posted here on the blog, on Monday night.

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Getaway Cooler

Monday, July 19, 2010

The cooler that carried Nick the Giant Lobster (whose escape from a supermarket was the subject of last week's podcast) to Maine.

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AWE-MAGGEDON Event Video

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Last night's AWE-MAGGEDON was a blast. If you don't believe us, check out the video! Thanks again to everyone who came out to The Greene Space, and thanks to all of you who tuned in to the live webcast.

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