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Monday, February 11, 2008

Season 4 Premieres at the Angelika Film Center! Come to our FREE premiere party! Join our hosts, Jad and Robert, strolling down the red carpet, and into a free, open-to-the-public, screening of the first episode of season 4...except it'll be more like an anti-screening as we have no plans to use the screen at The Angelika. But you can count on that big, honking, digital DTS cinema speaker system getting a full workout!

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The World's Stickiest Song

Monday, February 11, 2008

Earworms. Those dastardly little songs that wriggle into your brain and just won't leave. They can be beyond annoying. We're conducting an unscientific poll: What is the song most likely to get stuck in your head?

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How to unstick a song stuck in your head

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Have you had a song stuck in your head? For days. Or longer? How did you get it out? Drop us a comment and let us know if you've got any tricks, remedies, vaccinations... We're compiling a list for our show on Pop Music.

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Six Degrees of Separation

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

For our upcoming episode on Laughter, we kept coming across references to a 1962 epidemic of contagious laughter in Tanzania. But every scholarly article, every newspaper reference, every mention we found, seemed to just point back to the source - a 1963 article from a medical journal.

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Season Four is Coming!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

We're glad to say: it's almost time for Season Four. We're putting on the final touches, adding some garnishes before we bring the plates out to the table. 5 new shows: Laughter, Deception, War of the World (our first live show!), (So-called) Life, and Pop Music.

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Season 4 Premieres at the Angelika Film Center

Friday, February 01, 2008

Come to our FREE premier party! Join our hosts, Jad and Robert, strolling down the red carpet, and into a free, open-to-the-public, screening of the first episode of season 4...except it'll be more like an anti-screening as we have no plans to use the screen at The Angelika. But ...

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Welcome to Radiolab!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Welcome to our new blog! Kick off your shoes and explore. Read behind-the-scenes updates, find out what's piquing our curiosity, and download Radiolab ringtones! Take a look around. Check out some of the ideas floating around in our brains, and tell us what you think.

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Coffee!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

If a thought is like lots of little neurons singing together in harmony, who conducts the brain chorus? Neurologist Christof Koch offers his theory in Emergence.

Download a ringtone of a brain chorus singing coffee:

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Behaves So Strangely

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Ever had a phrase get stuck in your head? Did it morph into music in your brain? Professor Diana Deutsch explores the phenomenon in Musical Language.

Download an infectious "Behaves So Strangely" ringtone from the show:

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Zoo Keeper's Dilemma

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

You've heard of the tortured artist. The tortured poet. Did you ever think about the tortured zoo director? It's tough work being the steward of animals while at the same time being their captor. David Hancocks, a former zoo director, tells us about the paradoxes he encounters in the zoo world and his dream for a future zoo.

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The Ring and I

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

It might seem hyperbole to claim, as many Wagnerites do, that The Ring Cycle is 'The Greatest Work of Art Ever.' But it's permeated our culture from Star Wars to Bugs Bunny to J.R.R. Tolkien. On this Radiolab/WNYC Special, we explore the impact and influence of Wagner's Ring Cycle on the Metropolitan Opera's 2004 Presentation.

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The Wright Brothers

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright managed to coax their spruce biplane off the North Carolina sand for twelve seconds, and those twelve seconds started a revolution in flight. We examine the human desire to fly, and how getting flight changed us.

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Contact

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

This week, a look at the different ways that people connect to each other, and how they act once they’re together. NOTE: This episode contains EXPLICIT language about sex.

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Space Capsules

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

How would you describe life on Earth to an alien? In 1977, the Voyager spacecraft launched into space. And with it, went the Golden Record-- a sort of time capsule, a collection of sounds and images that would describe life on Earth to whomever or whatever might find it.

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If you squint your ears...

Friday, September 07, 2007

Pitchfork's Chris Dahlen wraps his brain around Radiolab's sonic storytelling in his "Get That Out Of Your Mouth" column:

“...every episode is incredibly listenable-- mellifluous and intricately produced, with a gentle, steady rhythm. Abumrad calls each show "a kind of hour-long composition," and if you squint your ears, that's ...

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This is Your Brain On Love

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Jad turns to science to help strangers fall in love...or at least exchange a few phone numbers...as the host of a Singles Night. And he gets some advice from a few experts on the chemistry of a 'brain on love.'

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Radiolab's strange frequency

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Orli Van Mourik considers what makes Jad tick in a profile featured in The Villager:

“It’s rare to find a person like Abumrad: Someone inclined to ask the questions, but perfectly content not to have all the answers. Maybe this is what happens when an artist is raised in ...

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Mixed, spliced, and shuffled

Sunday, April 29, 2007

What Is Enlightenment Magazine lauded Radiolab as "a fun, educational, and hip investigative-philosophical radio program" in its April-June 2007 issue:

“What you will not find here is dryness. The dialogues, sound effects, and commentary are mixed, spliced, shuffled, and rearranged into almost musical counterpoint, spiced with the wit and ...

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Radiolab "exists to go after tough topics"

Friday, September 29, 2006

The Washington Post's Marc Fisher explores Radiolab's journeys to new frontiers of reporting:

"'Radio Lab' seeks to tell stories of cosmology, neuroscience and anthropology in a language new to broadcasting. Krulwich brings his affinity for sound effects, dramatizations and a narrative style reminiscent of great children's literature together with Abumrad's ...

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A match made in radio

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Oberlin Alumni Magazine reflects on the unmistakable chemistry between Jad and Robert in its Summer 2006 edition:

"Following their noses led Krulwich and Abumrad to forge a collaboration—both on and off the air—that projects the easy intimacy and “instinct to provoke” of a long-term marriage. They record the show ...

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