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.
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.
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!
Whether you love to shop or dread a trip to the store...you 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.
Radiolab will be waking up on the early side again this week to appear on NPR's Morning Edition. This Friday, in honor of Valentine's Day, Jad and Robert will tell the Morning Edition folks a truly "cosmic" love story. It begins with the idea of sending two golden records into space and ends in true love. We originally shared this story back in our Space episode.
Hey Folks, got some news: Jad will be hosting a book launch party for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. Rebecca's book tells the story of Henrietta Lacks' journey from anonymous tobacco farmer to eponymous cancer cell line, the "HeLa" cell - arguably, the most famous cell line in all of history. (In fact, it is such a good yarn that we got Rebecca to help us tell it in an upcoming Radiolab episode, so keep an eye out).
Every once in a while, Radiolab has been waking up early and dropping by NPR's Morning Edition. This Tuesday, January 26th, Jad and Robert are going to be on the air talking about memory, the magic number seven, and a little experiment we like to call "Fruit or Cake" that we learned about from Baba Shiv and featured in our Choice episode.
“Where is the new music?” asks Jaron Lanier, composer, musician, computer scientist, “virtual reality” pioneer . “I have been trying an experiment,” he says. “Whenever I’m around Facebook generation people and there’s music playing, I ask them a simple question: Can you tell in what decade the music that is playing right now was made?”
When some artists came together to support Radiolab by creating a limited edition of prints, we were blown away by the creativity of their images. Have a look at the images here and pick your favorite. We'll put the fan favorite on a tote bag (or maybe a t-shirt).
A group of artists (Frank Chimero, Nicholas Felton, Meg Hunt, Impactist and ringleader Jez Burrows) inspired by Radiolab have created a limited edition set of prints to benefit Radiolab. They are gorgeous. We are touched. We are inspired right back.
For Americans who want to buy a set for Christmas, Jez Burrows needs your order by Dec. 7th. (They ship from Scotland, so Europeans get a little more time.) New update: they are now sold out!