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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.")
We're keeping a running list of all the books we touch on in our hour-long episodes--a virtual bookshelf that you can scan any time you're looking for a little inspiration. It's in reverse chronological order, so titles from our most recent shows are at the top. Happy reading.
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 ...
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!
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. ...