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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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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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Radiolab on Morning Edition

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Hey Folks,
We've got another piece up on NPR's Morning Edition today. It's all about Agatha Christie, the so-called "Nun Study," and what our writing can tell us about our brains. You can listen to the piece online and find a lot more information about the studies right HERE. (Make sure to check out the audio slideshow featuring Sister Alberta Sheridan.) And if you haven't heard it already, listen to our podcast of the story: Vanishing Words.

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Robert talks again

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hey, it's Robert again. This is my month for yakking. This one is for you Connecticutters (and especially New Havenites, Yalies, Townies or Northhaven, Southhaven and Easthaveners ). If you are within traveling distance of Yale University next Tuesday at 4:30 pm, I'm giving a talk. I’m calling it "Saddam Hussein's Secret Octopus and Other Tales of Science" and it's about the politics of choosing/framing/designing/narrating/getting science stories on radio and TV.

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Jad's JAMZ

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hey folks, take a second to check out WNYC's Culture site. Their AM JAMZ section is currently featuring songs that Jad listens to on his way to work in the morning (to prepare him to deal with the rest of us every day). Check it out HERE. You can add your own songs too.

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Gotta Love the Onion

Friday, April 16, 2010

We stumbled across this little gem from the Onion News Network and thought we'd share.
It kind of seemed like a weird collision between our Animal Minds episode and our Mortality episode.
Anyway, enjoy!

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"Are We Alone?" Bombshell

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hi guys, Robert here. Just letting you know about a conversation I'll be having at the 92nd St. Y this Thursday. I hope you can come on by!

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Tote-ally excited

Thursday, April 08, 2010

To say we're excited about our new tote bag would be a big fat understatement.

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An update on hookworms

Friday, April 02, 2010

If you heard our Parasites show, then you've heard the story of how one man--Jasper Lawrence--turned his passion for hookworms into a business (Jasper deliberately infected himself with hookworms to combat allergies and asthma: listen to the full story here, or you can catch it on

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Money on the brain

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Whether you love to shop or dread a trip to the probably love getting a deal. Check out Jonah Lehrer's post about how "how to go broke while saving money..." which explores the potential brain science behind what turns us all into commodity-hoarding zombies at big box stores like Costco. Hint, there may be an emotional - rational tug of war going on like the kind we explored in the Choice and Morality show.

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