Jad presents a piece by one of his favorite producers: Ben Rubin. This audio portrait, called 'Open Outcry,' visits the trading floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange, with its hundreds of traders shouting unintelligible phonic abbreviations and numbers back and forth.
Nightmarish stories of musical hallucinations, songs with the power to transcend language, & the triumphant return of the Elvis of Afghanistan.
The uneasy marriage of biology and engineering raises big questions about the nature of life.
We all laugh. This hour of Radiolab asks why.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
We explore the line between music and language, and turn to physics and biochemistry to ask how sound becomes feeling.
What happens when there is no leader? We look at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our brains.
For thousands of years philosophers have debated the essence of morality. Now, neuroscientists may have answers.
Fighting the inevitable march of time -- or at least the common sense view of it.
The modern search for the fountain of youth, and personal stories of witnessing death.