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Friday, May 30, 2014

This hour we investigate the objects around us, their power to move us, and whether it's better to look back or move on, hold on tight or just let go.

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The Skull

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Today, the story of one little thing that has radically changed what we know about humanity’s humble beginnings and the kinds of creatures that were out to get us way back when.

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For the Love of Numbers

Friday, May 02, 2014

It’s hard to think of anything more rational, more logical and impersonal than a number. But what if we’re all, universally, also deeply attuned to how numbers … feel? Why 2 is warm, 7 is strong and 11 is downright mystical.



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60 Words

Friday, April 18, 2014

How one sentence -- just 60 words written in the hours after the September 11 attacks -- became the legal foundation for the "war on terror."

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Straight Outta Chevy Chase

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

From boom bap to EDM, we look at the line between hip-hop and not, and meet a defender of the genre that makes you question... who's in and who's out.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

They buzz. They bite. And they have killed more people than cancer, war, or heart disease. Here’s the question: If you could wipe mosquitoes off the face of the planet, would you?

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Super Cool

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What do frozen horses and a scorching universe have in common? That's what we wanted to know.

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What's Left When You're Right?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

From the stage to the cage, a series of showdowns that leave us wondering about the price of being right ... or coming from the left.

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Neither Confirm Nor Deny

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How a sunken nuclear submarine, a crazy billionaire, and a mechanical claw gave birth to a phrase that has hounded journalists and lawyers for 40 years and embodies the tension between the public’s desire for transparency and the government’s need to keep secrets.  


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Brown Box

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

You order some stuff on the Internet and it shows up three hours later. How could all the things that need to happen to make that happen happen so fast?


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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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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

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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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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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