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Darth Vader - We Need You!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A person named Jason responded to our post about earworm remedies with the following:

'These days, with music being everywhere, I seem to just jump from song to song. Usually, whatever I heard last is still kicking around in my head. Not for long though. The next song is usually ...

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The boss IS funnier.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

When we were working on the Laughter episode, we ran across an interesting study about the relationship between laughter and power. Tyler Stillman, a psychologist at Florida State University, did a series of studies showing that laughter isn’t always about how funny something is. He found that when a ...

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Clive Wearing Video

Monday, February 18, 2008

Many of you have written in about our piece on Clive Wearing, the man who all of a sudden lost his ability to make new memories. His life--what it's actually like to live a day to day existence without being able to remember anything for more than a few seconds--is difficult to envision... and it raises infinite questions for us about how memory really works.

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Radiolab on Sound of Young America

Friday, February 15, 2008

Just wanted to let you know: Robert and I were interviewed for The Sound of Young America, a great public radio show hosted by Jesse Thorne. He's got a good radio voice, that one. And he uses that radio voice to ask insightful radio questions.

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Lip Service

Friday, February 15, 2008

Most of us would probably agree that a good Valentine's Day should include a healthy dose of kisses and laughter. But if you think about it, both laughing and kissing are kind of strange behaviors. Why do we laugh? Why do we kiss? Are humans the only animals that giggle ...

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Blue Brain

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Scientists like to make computer models of really complicated stuff, like economic markets, global weather, and the beginning of the universe. Now they’ve made a computer model of what might be the most complicated and mysterious object we know of: the brain.

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New Yorkers, Save this Date: Feb 21st

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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