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Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - 11:47 AM

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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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Comments [19]

William from Seattle

Wow, how things have changed. Gadgets used to actually meet people in person.

I am really curious if the trends of social isolation have been studied and updated. The concept of "meetups" seems to have utterly gone by the wayside (not that they seemed to be working well in the podcast). People walk into telephone poles while starring like addicts into their "smartphones". Its hard to have an unbroken conversation with the gadgets in the room. Its like what TV did in the home, now its portable and everywhere, except now everyone's "TV" is on a different channel.

It makes me sad really. Like TV, it seemed to promise a greater connectivity, but has left us more socially isolated.

A question: Of the people you invite into your home, how many are people you have known for less that 10 years? 20 years? We have become very wary of strangers, paranoid really, and the internet has allowed the perception of connection while keeping a safe arm's distance.

Aug. 24 2016 11:56 AM
arth from here

wow, Howard Dean, the emergence of online dating and chatrooms, IM, this takes me back to the summer after high school graduation. Oddly enough, I used online dating for a year or so and met my boyfriend 8 years ago through POF, hah. Thanks for the memories radiolab.

Mar. 16 2016 03:23 PM
Anna A. Dickinson from Oviedo, FL

This podcast was different! It worked as more of a schedule, following case studies through their daily lives. I liked hearing how certain people interacted under particular situations. It included lots of cool interviews, and shows how technology has altered how we communicate and interact. Some things were odd, but the podcast was put together artistically. Pretty interesting!

Apr. 06 2015 05:14 PM
Daniel from Austin TX

Great show! This episode seems oddly lower quality than the others, just noticed consistent artifacting throughout the episode :(

Oct. 15 2014 05:06 PM

That song that starts at 41:04 really caught my attention... I wish Radiolab'd cite the songs they play during those little intermissions!

I see a link that says "For more information about this episode go here.", but it looks like it is broken :(

Apr. 11 2014 03:56 AM

Whats the song that plays in the background around 6:30? I've been trying to find it for years!

Apr. 15 2013 06:54 PM

Love the show, but the comment "More like UNIX, open source-y, collaborative" caught me funny. UNIX is not known for it's open source-y ness. "UNIX-like" operating systems are or can be. Examples: Linux, FreeBSD, etc..

I am nit picking. Your show is amazing, thanks for all the years.

Apr. 06 2013 07:21 PM
dan conover from La Quinta

I am listening to your episode on Lucid dreaming. I have had long expanses withdream lucidity. Don't laugh... but, it usually followed long LSD stints in the 90s. I am actively listening to your program and this is exactly like how I can "realize" myself dreaming. Here is another funny anecdotal thing about this. My first "rave" production company, started with two other Cornell undergrads because of we named LuSiD productions. I would like to talk to you about this topic. As time has passed I have to work harder at lucidity in dreams but still works. Lucid dreams are a reality but it takes work. Maybe a little easier with some sensory filters removed with hallucinogenics. Hope you don't think this is crazy but I stand by my word, the 90's are gone and I am am a RE agent in so call so take it at face value. If you ever want a take on this issue contact me. Just by email, not twitter or Facebook have to keep up appearances:)) Thanks. Dan.

Jun. 30 2012 06:49 PM
Allan from Merced, CA

I really enjoy your show. But would someone please tell the man/woman behind the sound effects buttons that they're getting a little too crazy with the cheeze-whiz? I think it cheapens the level of authority in your show. I understand the attempt to make the show more palatable for a wider range audience, but I fear you may be alienating the ones who really want to listen (Translation: You're pissing us off).

Dec. 27 2011 01:26 AM
J M H from Iowa

THANK YOU for the warning about explicit sexual content. I know some people don't mind listening to such things, but it really affects me and I'm better off not putting it in my head. So I am very grateful that you mentioned it, and I could move on and select another episode.

Dec. 16 2011 11:43 AM
ellebe from Chicago, IL

I love radiolab! Please do an episode about art therapy if you haven't already. YEs!

thanks ellebe

Jul. 02 2011 12:34 AM
bob minder

The liner notes of the great Appalachian folksinger, Jean Ritchie, describes a village game from her ancestral home in England where a yearly 'game' is played which creates a 'greater identity' of the entire village with a vibrancy and liveliness unlike any other Ms. Ritchie has ever experienced. Her description is worth reading a hundred times. See her 'album,' None but One. That song--none but one--is about the entity created. bob minder

Mar. 14 2011 05:58 AM
Trevor from Taiwan

I have always been the introduction the final phrase which I believe is supposed to be " NPR" is actually "age NPR" or "H NPR". Cant put my finger on the actual phonetics, but I gotta ask: is this an inside joke? What is the reason that this is said in this manner? Listeners want to know!!!

Feb. 28 2011 07:27 PM
KThomas from Montreal, QC

I am randomly harvesting your old episodes and I am in the middle of Musical Language 24/09/07. At exactly the same time I am creating a poster for Igor Stravinsky's ballet, The Rite of Spring. I am a graphic design student and this poster is an assignment for an upcoming symphony.
You spend a good portion of this podcast discussing the riot that occurred during the debut of this music in 1913.
This is one of the most definite instances of personal Stochasticity. Thank-you

Feb. 26 2011 08:57 PM

Jad sounds so sad during this episode.

Jan. 18 2011 05:21 PM
Heather Favata


Jan. 03 2011 02:48 PM


Oh and BTW, my mother is 79 years old.

Oct. 06 2010 02:38 PM


Oh and BTW, my mother is 79 years old.

Oct. 06 2010 02:38 PM

Just listed to the podcast of this last week. Then this week, my mother invited me to a "meetup" for Flemish speaking people.

Isn't it odd that kind of thing just hear about something, look it up on the internet and then your MOTHER invites you to the same thing? Maybe you should do a topic about coincidences...

Oct. 06 2010 01:25 PM

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