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Laughter

Monday, February 25, 2008

We all laugh. This hour of Radiolab asks why.

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Our Podcast comes in all shapes and sizes

Monday, February 11, 2008

Jad plays one of his favorite pieces of all time, 'IF' by Sherre DeLys.

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Salle Des Departs

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Imagine that you're a composer. Imagine getting the commission to write a song that will allow family members to face the death of a loved one. David Lang had to do just that when a hospital in Garches, France, asked him to write music for their morgue, or 'Salle Des Departs.'

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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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Making Radiolab

Friday, November 09, 2007

In spring of 2006, Jad and Robert took the stage at the SoHo Apple Store to talk about the making of Radiolab. Jad geeks out on digital sound editing, and Robert raises editorial questions. And film editor joins them to Walter Murch weigh in on storytelling.

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Space

Monday, October 22, 2007

We ponder our insignificant place in the universe, and boldly go after stories of romance & cynicism in Outer Space.

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Musical Language

Monday, September 24, 2007

We explore the line between music and language, and turn to physics and biochemistry to ask how sound becomes feeling.

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Detective Stories

Monday, September 10, 2007

Mystery, intrigue, and a goat standing on top of a cow.

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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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Emergence

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

What happens when there is no leader? We look at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our brains.

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Morality

Monday, August 13, 2007

For thousands of years philosophers have debated the essence of morality. Now, neuroscientists may have answers.

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Beyond Time

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Fighting the inevitable march of time -- or at least the common sense view of it.

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Mortality

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The modern search for the fountain of youth, and personal stories of witnessing death.

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Memory and Forgetting

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Remembering is a tricky, unstable business. This hour: a look behind the curtain of how memories are made...and forgotten.

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Zoos

Monday, June 04, 2007

Blood-thirsty Romans, frozen carcasses, wild jaguars, and a question: how do you build a better cage?

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Sleep

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Birds do it, bees do it...yet science still can't answer the basic question: why do we sleep?

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Who Am I?

Monday, May 07, 2007

The "mind" and "self" were formerly the domain of philosophers & priests. But this hour, neurologists lead the charge.

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