In this podcast, a story about obsession, creativity, and a strange symmetry between a biologist and a composer that revolves around one famously repetitive piece of music.
We tear into this show with a dark scene from 1665. A young Isaac Newton, hoping to ride out the plague by heading to the country to puzzle over the deep mysteries of the universe, finds himself wondering about light. And vision. He wants to get to the bottom of ...
Radiolab rips the rainbow a new one.
While Jad was on paternity leave, Carl Zimmer told Robert and producer Soren Wheeler about the ecosystem inside each and every one of us. According to Carl, when we're in the womb, we have no bacteria in us at all, but as soon as we're born we start gathering up ...
A look at the messy mystery in our middles, and what the rumblings deep in our bellies can tell us about ourselves.
In this short, Jonathan Schooler tells us about a discovery that launched his career and led to a puzzle that has haunted him ever since.
When Sharon Roseman was five years old, something strange happened. She was playing a game with her friends, and when she took off her blindfold--she didn't know where she was. She was lost on her own block, in her own backyard. For most of her life, Sharon feared it was ...
Stories about getting lost, and how our brains, and our hearts, help us find our way back home.
Fate may not be written in the stars, but what if it’s written in our genes? First, Paul Auster raises the specter of "rhyming events," his term for those spooky coincidences that seem more than ordinary mathematical flukes.
Then, a seemingly simple experiment devised by Walter Mischel ...
There's no scientific metric for measuring a city's personality. But hit the streets, and you can see and feel it. Sxip Shirey avoided New York City most of his life. But as an aspiring musician, he decided that moving there was a necessary evil. Then, one night on a ...
A journey to the edge of human limits -- from a bike race that makes the Tour de France look like child’s play, to a mind-stretching memory competition.
Communicating across species -- from bringing pets to church, to a rescued whale that may have found a way to say thanks.
How stochasticity -- a wonderfully smarty-pants word for randomness -- drives our lives, and the patterns we see around us.
We turn up the volume on the voices in our heads, and try to get to the bottom of what really steers our decisions.
We explore the line between music and language, and turn to physics and biochemistry to ask how sound becomes feeling.
Remembering is a tricky, unstable business. This hour: a look behind the curtain of how memories are made...and forgotten.