Brenna is a writer, radio fiend, and filmmaker who lives in Brooklyn. She studied History and Literature at Harvard, took her love of roustabouting on the road as a travel writer, and came home to New York as a public radio producer and independent filmmaker. She hails from the Adirondack Mountains, where she makes frequent getaways for ice-fishing, hunting, and chopping wood.
In our Morality show, we tell the story of Eastern State Penitentiary -- a radical new kind of prison engineered to crack into the hearts and minds of 19th-Century criminals, and make them feel true remorse.
Monkbot is our affectionate nickname for a mechanical man commissioned by King Philip II of Spain almost 450 years ago. We tell the clockwork model's story in our Ghost Stories episode -- if you haven't heard it, take a listen while you check out ...
Did you know the phrase "hair of the dog" comes from an old remedy for rabies? Take our rabies quiz for more factoids on the deadly virus.
Fake movie blood is for-real gross -- when we paid a visit to a special effects studio for our Blood episode, our executive producer nearly passed out. If you've got a weak stomach, don't look at these delightfully gruesome photos from our trip.
In the 1990s, a button-pushing New York artist took on a subject that cut him to the quick: HIV and AIDS.
Barton Benes had lost a lot of friends, including his boyfriend, and was himself HIV-positive when an everyday kitchen accident took on a surreal bent -- one that got ...
You've got them... under your skin... Well, hopefully not. But if you did get infected with blood flukes, would it make you feel better to know they're monogamous creatures, pairing up and sticking together for years, sometimes even decades? Warms the heart.
We pay tribute to the ingenious (and stomach-churning) ways that parasites hook up with hosts in our Parasites episode. Case in point: the parasitic nematode, which turns an ant's rear end into a ripe-looking red morsel that, to a hungry bird, looks like a juicy berry.
Are those butterflies in your stomach... or did something else worm its way into your system? In honor of our Parasites episode, we imagine how some of our favorite (most disgustingly fascinating?) parasites might look for love (and a stable host) online. Up first...the Paaarasitic Wasp!
Back in the 1950's, a young doctor decided to try hypnosis on a teenager suffering from the worst case of warts he'd ever seen. And it worked...even though it turned out the boy didn't have warts, but an incurable disease. Check out the before and after photos from the story in our Placebo show.
Our Animal Minds show questions whether dogs feel guilt...or whether we're just reading our own meanings into those puppy dog eyes. Dog owners, if you think you've got an incriminating photo of your canine looking remorseful, send it our way.
In Detective Stories, Jad reveals his favorite Greatest Hits of Ancient Garbage: three discoveries from a trash heap in Egypt that reshaped our understanding of ancient history. Now, you can help scholars unlock more secrets -- by transcribing scraps of papyri in your pajamas.
Join us for a night of nanospectucular wonders, hosted by Robert Krulwich, live from the World Science Festival tonight (May 30) at 8pm ET here on radiolab.org. Watch below, and join two Radiolab producers for a live chat as the event gets underway.
Rubbing elbows with a whole bunch of smart kids and President Obama at the annual White House Science Fair left Radiolab wondering: did you ever have a science project that made you weep (hopefully in a good way)...
If you've got cicada war stories, we want to hear 'em! Tell us what it was like, and let us know if you have any words of bug wisdom to share.
Look who we spotted grabbing a cup of coffee this morning. We would've said hi, but it's kind of awkward...we still don't know this critter's name. Help us out -- vote now and let us know who you'd rather wake up to: Schrëwdinger or Mancestor.
Check out a timeline of key moments in the history of the Heimlich maneuver, plus a list of celebrities who've been Heimliched.