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Black Box

Friday, January 17, 2014

This hour, we examine three very different kinds of black boxes—those peculiar spaces where it’s clear what’s going in, we know what’s coming out, but what happens in-between is a mystery.

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The Times They Are a-Changin'

Monday, December 30, 2013

At the start of this new year we crack open some fossils, peer back into ancient seas, and look up at lunar skies to find that a year is not quite as fixed as we thought it was.

 

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Sex, Ducks, and The Founding Feud

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jilted lovers and disrupted duck hunts provide a very odd look into the soul of the US Constitution.
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Apocalyptical

Monday, December 09, 2013

In this new live stage performance, Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow.

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VIDEO: Radiolab Live Apocalyptical Sneak Peek

Monday, December 09, 2013

A preview of Radiolab's live show Apocalyptical: dinosaurs, death, destruction... plus cinematic live scoring and comedic mayhem from Reggie Watts and Kurt Braunohler. Feast your eyes on more video -- including a cut of the full show! -- at radiolab.org/live.

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An Ice-Cold Case

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Scientists' obsession with one particular man - and with the tiny scraps of evidence left in the wake of his death - gives us a surprisingly intimate peek into the life of someone who should've been lost to the ages.

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Cut and Run

Friday, November 01, 2013

Legions of athletes, sports gurus, and scientists have tried to figure out why Kenyans dominate long-distance running. In this short, we stumble across a surprising, and sort of terrifying, explanation.

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UPDATE: Famous Tumors

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

When we first released Famous Tumors, Rebecca Skloot's book about the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks (and her famous cells) had just hit the shelves. Since then, some interesting things have happened to both Henrietta's cells and her family. So, 4 years later, we have a newly updated show!

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Quicksaaaand!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

For many of us, quicksand was once a real fear -- it held a vise-grip on our imaginations, from childish sandbox games to grown-up anxieties about venturing into unknown lands. But these days, quicksand can't even scare an 8-year-old. In this short, we try to find out why. 

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Poop Train

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

You may not give a second thought (or backward glance) to what the toilet whisks away after you do your business. But we got wondering -- where would we wind up if we thought of flushing as the start, and not the end, of a journey? In this short, we head out to trace the trail of sludge...from Manhattan, to wherever poop leads us.

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Blame

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We've all felt it, that irresistible urge to point the finger. But why do we need blame and how is new technology complicating accountability? 

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Dawn of Midi

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In this short, Jad puts on his music hat and shares his love of Dawn of Midi, a band that he recently started using on the show.

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Rodney Versus Death

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What do you do in the face of a monstrous disease with a 100% fatality rate? In this short, a Milwaukee doctor tries to knock death incarnate off its throne.

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Blood

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The metaphor, magic, and money coursing through our veins...

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Happy Birthday, Good Dr. Sacks

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

One of our favorite human beings turns 80 this week. To celebrate, Robert asks Oliver Sacks to look back on his career, and explain how thousands of worms and a motorbike accident led to a brilliant writing career.

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Ally's Choice

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Producer Lu Olkowski brings us the story of a tightly-knit family caught on opposite sides of a very big divide. If you ask Ally Manning's mom and sister, they'll tell you there's no question: they're black. But as a teenager, Ally decided that what was true for them didn't make sense for her.

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Curious Sounds from the Solid Sound Festival

Thursday, June 27, 2013

This fall, we're hitting the road with our brand-new live show. We're stopping in 20 cities across the US (plus 1 stop in Canada), and we have some exciting news about the special musical guests who are joining us for the tour. Listen to a quick sneak peek, and grab your tix now.

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The Trouble with Everything

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The desire to trace your way back to the very beginning, to understand everything -- whether it's the mysteries of love or the mechanics of the universe -- is deeply human. It might also be deeply flawed.

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Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

Thursday, May 30, 2013

This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is a legal battle that has entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families.

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VIDEO: Radiolab Behind the Scenes

Monday, May 20, 2013

If you've ever wondered how the podcast comes together, or what it's like to work at Radiolab, here's a peek into our process.

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