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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

NPR

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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REBROADCAST: Detective Stories

Monday, July 11, 2011

We're celebrating summer with a classic episode of Radiolab--full of mystery, intrigue...and a goat standing on a cow. We haven't actually tried listening to it around a campfire, but we're betting it would totally work. See you in two weeks with a new short!

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Radiolab Reads: Cryptonomicon

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cryptonomicon - what a beast! This is a novel that's hard to actually describe but a joy to read.

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Radiolab Interns Wanted

Monday, July 11, 2011

Interested in helping out at Radiolab?  We're now accepting applications for our fall internship!  Submit an application via the WNYC website.

(Pro tip: the application includes some Radiolab-specific questions, so leave yourself extra time to answer them.)

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Free Download: tUnE-yArDs

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

"Bizness," by tUnE-yArDs

tUnE-yArDs is a music project from the mind and body of Merrill Garbus, who blasts big-pipes vocals over free-form drum loops, layers of ukulele, and electric bass guitar. This free download is from the latest tUnE-yArDs album, w h o k i l l.

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Free Download: Erik Friedlander

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Low Country Cupola," by Erik Friedlander

Erik Friedlander does magical things with the cello. For his latest trick, he casts away the instrument's traditional bow in favor of some Southern-rock-inflected fingerpicking. This free download is from Erik's latest album, Bonebridge.

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Free Download: Reggie Watts

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"Every Day Is Like Sunday," by Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts reached into our ears and shook our brains last Saturday during our live show. We'll feature some of his mind-rattling performance in an upcoming podcast, but in the meantime...here's a free download to tide you over: "Every Day Is Like Sunday," from the LP Live at Third Man Records.

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Curious Sounds: Glenn Kotche

Monday, June 13, 2011

You can still stream this great Glenn Kotche track, but we're no longer able to offer it as a free download. 


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Free Download: Buke & Gass

Friday, June 03, 2011

"Your Face Left Before You," by Buke & Gass

We're gearing up for our live taping on June 18th at NYU Skirball Center with a free download from Buke & Gass--one of the three musical acts Jad will present during a night of electritying performances. Grab tickets here. (PS: you get $5 off with the code "radiolab.")

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Krulwich Wonders: Cinderella's Shape

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The following post is from Robert's excellent blog Krulwich Wonders. You can read all the articles from Krulwich Wonders here.

Kurt Vonnegut Turns Cinderella Into An Equation

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Krulwich Wonders: A Pendulum Dance

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The following post is from Robert's excellent blog Krulwich Wonders. You can read all the articles from Krulwich Wonders here.

Cinderella's Ball, This Time With Pendulums

What we have here is better, more cunning and a damn sight more beautiful than magic. It's a pendulum dance.

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Last chance to submit Radiolab app ideas

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

We're gearing up to start building our first-ever mobile phone app, and we want your input.

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On The Media + Radiolab

Friday, May 13, 2011

Our friends at On The Media just posted a new episode all about data, featuring Radiolab’s story on the decline effect and other stories about the onslaught of information: personal, political, seductive, disastrous.  Listen here!

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