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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'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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Radiolab Reads: A Virtual Bookshelf

Monday, May 09, 2011

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.

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Make Radiolab Mobile

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Radiolab is getting ready to build its first iPhone app, and we're looking to contract a team of talented professionals to design and build it.

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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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