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The Lauras Win!

Friday, October 30, 2009

What are the odds? When Laura Buxton of Staffordshire, England, wrote “Please return to Laura Buxton” on a helium balloon before setting it free in her yard, she never expected it to reach another human being, much less one also named Laura Buxton. In "A Very Lucky Wind," the first segment of our Stochasticity episode, we marvel at the coincidence the two Lauras represent, and wrestle with the science of chance.

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The Ramen Challenge

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hey everyone, Jad here. I know times are tough, but I wonder if you could help Radiolab out by staying in! Think of it as the Ramen Challenge: cue up an episode from our brand new batch of Season 6 Shows, fire up the tea kettle, and enjoy a tasty bowl of cheap noodles in our honor. Then, send the money you would have spent on dinner (or a movie, or a few drinks with your friends) along to us. Anything you can afford—$10, $25, maybe you can pitch in $75?—will help us make more Radiolab. Thanks so much to everyone who’s already pledged, and to everyone who plans to. We wouldn’t be here without you.

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The Parasite Hit List

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

After releasing our Parasites episode we wanted to share some gloriously gross parasite videos that served to inspire us and Carl Zimmer. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Thanks to Carl Zimmer for all of the parasitic help!

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Season Six: Launch Party

Friday, August 28, 2009

Hey folks! Radiolab and WNYC Radio have decided to throw a little party to celebrate the launch of our new season. After months of hard work, we want to let our hair down. We’re keeping it on the mellow side because space is tad limited, but we definitely want you there.

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Thoughts on Moments

Thursday, August 27, 2009

We recently podcasted a video from Will Hoffman called Moments, and we were struck by all of the wonderful comments we received. And, like many of you, we were curious about how he went about making the video. Here's Robert talking to Will about his creative process and how exactly the After Life episode inspired him.

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Radiolab needs your help.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Hey everyone, Jad here. Times have been tough lately, for everyone, and public radio is no exception. I wonder if you could shake out the couch cushions and then make a pledge of support of… $10? $20? $75? Anything would help. If you like the show, help support us so ...

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Math Lovers

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Steve Strogatz, Radiolab's favorite mathematician, not only loves math but he thinks about love in terms of math. We recommend that you check out his most amusing New York Times essay.

In all cases, the business of theoretical physics boils down to finding the right differential equations and ...

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Jad on Brink TV tonight

Friday, May 15, 2009

If you plan on being in front of your Televisions tonight, Jad will be appearing on the Science Channel's Brink program. Jad sits down with host Josh Zepps, to discuss this week’s science stories.

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The Surreal Strangeness of Reproduction

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Isabella Rosellini strikes again. We've mentioned this series before, but now it's back with the next installment of bizarre and beautiful videos.

The 'Why Vagina' video touches on something we've also explored on Radiolab.

On a personal note, I grew up with ducks as pets. ...

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Radiolab and Twitter

Saturday, April 04, 2009

It is official!! Radiolab has joined the ranks of Twitter. You can hear us tweet here: We will keep you updated on what we are up to and reach out for story ideas.

Here's a little soundtrack to our tweets.


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Sardonic Laughter

Friday, March 20, 2009

On the etymology of 'sardonic laughter', from Laughter: A Scientific Investigation by Robert Provine:

The term “sardonic laughter,” referring to the bitter, mocking laughter of derision, has a rich if dark etymology. The ancients who coined the term were referring to the humorless laughter and smiling produced by a ...

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Mendeleev: Hot or not?

Monday, February 16, 2009

In our show, Yellow Fluff & Other Curious Encounters, Robert describes the great Russian chemist, Dmitri Mendeleev, as unlikely to win any beauty pageants. This listener wrote in to disagree and has the photo to prove it:

Jad & Robert,

I was aghast to hear ...

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The Funny Business of Tickling

Friday, February 13, 2009

Some hard-working psychologists at the University of California, Santa Barbara found that although tickling generally elicits laughter, it’s not always funny or pleasant. Here’s an excerpt from a New York Times article about that study:

The basis for the newly published study is what is known as the ...

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Darwin Bicentennial Festivities

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Around the world, millions are celebrating Charles Darwin's 200th birthday.

Radio Lab brings you the highlights:


New Haven: Yale's Peabody Museum is having birthday cake (and a letter from Darwin to once-Yale professor O.C. Marsh).
If you can't make it this afternoon, the Yale Center for British ...

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The Mysteriously Miraculous Coincidence

Monday, February 09, 2009

Do you a story of a coincidence too crazy to be believed? We're looking for that chance story that leaves your mouth agape. The story of the time you took the wrong (identical) luggage from baggage claim only to find a business card inside with your same name on it! ...

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Been parasitized lately?

Monday, February 02, 2009

If you've been parasitized, literally or figuratively, we'd love to hear about it. And don't spare us any of the vomitous details. We can handle it.

Email us at

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Why Can’t We Tickle Ourselves?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Aristotle puzzled over the great mystery of why it’s impossible to tickle oneself. Turns out it’s quite simple, really. Here’s a brief explanation by British neuroscientist Sarah Blakemore that appeared in Scientific American:

“The answer lies at the back of the brain in an area called the cerebellum, ...

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The End of the Year Radiolab Wrap Up

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It was an action packed year in the Lab. With the release of Seasons 4 and 5, plus podcasts, our small staff of elves was busy in the workshop...but not too busy to take notice of all of the amazing things happening in the world. We thought we'd bring you ...

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Your Brain on Cartoons

Friday, December 19, 2008

A neuroscientist at Stanford recently used an fMRI machine to peer into people’s brains while they watch cartoons, and found that men and women were responding differently.

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Post-Show Chat with Jad Abumrad

Friday, November 14, 2008

Listen to “Choice,” the first episode in Radiolab’s fifth season, this Friday (Nov 14) at 3pm on 93.9 FM WNYC. Afterwards, go to to join co-host Jad Abumrad and your fellow Radiolab listeners for a live online chat from 4-5pm.

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