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Post-Show Chat with Jad Abumrad

Friday, November 14, 2008 - 12:00 PM

Listen to “Choice,” the first episode in Radiolab’s fifth season, this Friday (Nov 14) at 3pm on 93.9 FM WNYC. Afterwards, go to to join co-host Jad Abumrad and your fellow Radiolab listeners for a live online chat from 4-5pm.


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Comments [57]

Mariam Saleh from Southern California

I just started listening to radiolab and I love it. If you were offended by "bitches" it sound like you are a bit uptight; some people are offended by the word "bisexual", so think about that.

Jul. 10 2012 03:43 PM

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Jul. 16 2009 09:34 AM

I am thoroughly upset because I have listened to every episode and podcast on this website. I hope there's more to come. Soon!

Apr. 30 2009 05:37 PM

Just wanted to say that the "bitches" comment was hilarious. I'm about Jad's age and I agree that all of my friends use it as a friendly/joking term of endearment.

Apr. 08 2009 10:49 AM

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Mar. 20 2009 05:35 PM

I adore this program. Not only does it entertain and enlighten me while I drive, cook, clean, etc., but it has awakened the nerdy science girl in me that was squelched by an awful chem teacher. I can't get enough!

This "Choice" episode fascinated me (as usual), and it gave my best friend and me hours of conversation. Thanks!...bitches.

Dec. 17 2008 04:33 AM
Arthur B Kennedy

I listened to "Choice" and "Emergence" today as I drove my bus (left ear only) and they were both premium. I have one little quibble - over produced! Your material is so good. Dial back on the production tricks a little. But by all mean keep it coming.

Dec. 09 2008 04:47 AM

is there a transcript of the Choice show? I want to send parts of it to a survey I've been asked to complete on the work a facilitator of "vendor reviews" does, and I think this show cut to the heart of my recommended focus for the structure of the facilitator's reviews. Thanks

Dec. 06 2008 05:15 PM
Marcelo Castro

If Gay people have no choice then Jad had no choice either in making that comment... awesome!

And the bitches comment made me feel all warm and gooey inside - so good you guys are back!

Nov. 27 2008 07:16 PM

I wasn't inclined to write, however I thought "stay with us bitches" comment was pretty insulting. I am not your bitch Jad.

Nov. 24 2008 11:03 PM
Michael Putlack

I think, and hope that calling everyone "bitches" becomes an awesome inside joke in the Radio Lab online community, bitches. :)

Nov. 20 2008 08:48 PM

Welcome back --- great show, but "Stay with us bitches."? Obviously a choice since the show is crafted..

Nov. 20 2008 08:55 AM
Dave Kliman

When I listened to today's episode, I was fascinated about these ways that people could be manipulated so simply. I thought I'd try out the "warm cup" concept when i found out i would be meeting somebody for the first time this afternoon. I made sure to hand her my cup of hot water, using the excuse that i was hoping for tee. she really appreciated me just giving her that cup and was warming her hands with it for at least a minute before I asked for it back. That's when i realized how cold her hands were, and so I offered to warm her hands with my hands... that all worked out very nicely. I got her phone number. so good for radio lab!

I was also thinking how it would be interesting to look at the various phenomena that were explored in today's episode and if I were a teacher, which I'm not, I would have asked students to devise ways they could either a) use one or more of the techniques to increase their chances of getting a desired result or b) become alert to when one or more of these techniques are being utilized whether it be for advertising, public relations, or political discourse.

It has always seemed to me that the Republicans are especially good at taking advantage of flaws in the human mind to further their ways. But I digress...

Nov. 19 2008 11:45 PM

Great show, bitches.

Nov. 18 2008 12:37 PM

Love the new show! I have been really looking forward to this new season! Definitely the best thing on the radio today.

Though, I think people might be misunderstanding the whole choice of gay and straight that was brought up during the "choice" episode. From what I understand they were simply underscoring that there are more paths to take today than there were in the past. Not too long ago at all a person couldn't "be" gay, they had to fake being straight and not accept who they are. Now there is the option for people who are gay to live as being gay, there is a choice for them to come out.

I don't think they meant it as a choice of being gay, but rather the choice to come out and live freely with your sexuality .

Nov. 18 2008 12:06 PM
ume remembers

Being a conceptual artist forces one to adopt a broad spectra of mediums. Early on, when working with computer based video samplers, and the limitless world of virtual creativity, I realized YOU must set limit's. select a small number of hearty moves, and master them. YOU will be tempted by the newest toys, leave those for your friends. This is what is meant by learning a discipline. This is what I remember.

Nov. 17 2008 05:52 PM

What was with the overtalking and bizarre music? It was so distracting from the VERY INTERESTING INFORMATION that I had turn it off.

Nov. 17 2008 03:42 PM

Where and when should we expect the Choice podcast? That was an amazing show.

Nov. 17 2008 02:49 PM

Srsly, where the podcast at?

Nov. 17 2008 01:52 PM

YES Y'ALL - it's up. FINALLLLLLLYYYYY! (not as a complaint, but I've been checking compulsively....)

Nov. 17 2008 12:19 PM

"Stay with us... Bitches."

Ahaha, starting with a bang. Wonderful episode. (Where's the podcast?!)

Nov. 17 2008 03:26 AM

AMANDA and Radiolab -- Thanks for the adjustment re gay 'choice'! Really appreciate the sensitivity and good faith. Wouldn't expect anything less from yall...

Nov. 16 2008 09:22 PM
Thomas Hammond

Where is the podcast?!

Nov. 16 2008 09:15 PM
Karl James

Can't get it! Am in France - any known reason why???

Nov. 16 2008 04:28 PM

I listened to 'Choice' and then I downloaded the .mp3 file. I am just curious- 4mins and 07seconds into the podcast, did Jad just say "stay with us... ..bitches" right before going to break?

Nov. 16 2008 03:13 PM
Mr. Joe

Not bad for the first show of the new season! I especially loved the campy 1950's music after the introduction, lol.

Nov. 16 2008 08:33 AM

I love you guys!!!! Glad to have you back

Nov. 16 2008 04:53 AM

welcome back, y'all been missed

Nov. 15 2008 11:49 PM

Jad! You picked a Korean Pear as an apple... FAIL! You probably also ate it like an apple meaning you ate the rough gritty skin. Keep in mind that Korean Pears, which aren't apples, are not even much like pears (they dont have the same smooth almost buttery texture of most pears). Try it by peeling and cutting it first. Theyre actually quite refreshing! Expectation can mean everything.

Nov. 15 2008 10:03 PM

Are you going to post the online chat? I couldn't join but I would be interested in reading it.


Nov. 15 2008 12:34 PM

Oh joy, RadioLab is back! By the way, Oliver Sacks is just the most charming, adorable person alive.

Nov. 15 2008 10:53 AM

Jad.. did you call us "bitches" there at the end of the intro?

Nov. 15 2008 01:24 AM

Hi all - especially Fuva and Aaron. Just FYI, Radio Lab has pulled that promo and replaced it.

Nov. 14 2008 05:13 PM

yes, hooray for another season of radio lab! yet another reason to love friday afternoons!

Nov. 14 2008 05:12 PM
Connor Walsh

Awesome! As jaw-dropping as ever, with a lightness of touch, and full of sparkle and turns. You did it!

Nov. 14 2008 04:58 PM
madeline m

furtherance to my previous comment -- love love love your shows!!! keep it comin'! i did miss this show due to a "diane reem" show that was on at the same time your show was on though.

Nov. 14 2008 04:56 PM
madeline m

for some reason i am listening to 93.9 but your show is not on? i am listening to "international" show -- i am on the station now and your show is not on? what happened??? did i miss it??? 3:00 p.m. eastern???

Nov. 14 2008 04:48 PM

I'm so happy y'all are back! In fact I'm so pleased that I posted an item about ya on my blog CricketToes:

Viva la Radiolab!

Nov. 14 2008 04:45 PM

(...My clarification of post above: NO gay person has chosen to be...)

Nov. 14 2008 04:12 PM

The topic of how we make choices based on the emotional part of our brain and the rational part can be applied to Karl rove and the Republican party. George Lakoff at the Rockridge Institute discusses the reason why the Republicans have been so much more successful winning people over to their ideology. I believe he uses this research to prove his point.

Nov. 14 2008 04:03 PM

Haven't heard the show yet, here in Harlem, NY. I'm sure it's good. But I did hear the trailer for it in which you list "gay" and "straight" as a couple of the many "choices" we have today. Except that it isn't, and I speak from personal experience. You probably didn't mean to, but you run the risk of perpetuating a falsity that has had very many negative consequences for gay folk (who didn't choose to be). YOU SHOULD MAKE AN ON-AIR CORRECTION OR CLARIFICATION.

Nov. 14 2008 04:02 PM

Yeah!!! New season - I've been listening to the old podcasts so often I know them by heart. I am really looking forward to the show on "race." But all the other choices for topics are great, too. Gotta make choices ...

Nov. 14 2008 03:19 PM

Okay, so I got up early this morning to make sure my iPod had the first of season 5 on it and guess what it was not there!


I have to wait even longer.

So happy you guys are back!

Nov. 14 2008 03:01 PM

Your radio promo for the "Choice" episode intones "bi, gay, straight" as one of the many possible choices people can make. Sexual orientation is a biological fact of life, not a matter of choice or style. It's the belief that it is a choice that obscures the real issue behind such struggles as gay marriage: CIVIL RIGHTS under the law. Please correct yourselves and stop contributing to the ignorance that holds us back.

Nov. 14 2008 10:35 AM

Hey Radio Lab fans. If you've got a question for Jad, let us know—we're collecting them now for tomorrow's talk at 4pm over at

Here's where you can leave your question:

Nov. 13 2008 01:46 PM

Can't Wait! Love the show

Nov. 12 2008 11:56 PM
Tugay Inal

I am also very excited. Jad and Robert, thanks for gathering a fresh perspective to our daily life and kudos to sound engineers for developing a unique flow.

Nov. 12 2008 09:20 PM
Mark Underwood

Definitely not "RadioLamb."

Nov. 12 2008 06:41 PM
Pablo Diablo

finally something to listen to that wont lower the iq

Nov. 12 2008 05:47 PM

I am tremendously excited - I can't wait to geek out with your show. As the daughter of two scientists, who has not pursued a career in science myself, I love discussing your shows with parents.

Nov. 12 2008 05:31 PM

ohhh... i haven't listened yet as i'm saving this one up for when i can savour it... :)

Nov. 12 2008 08:35 AM


Nov. 11 2008 11:22 PM

I am so excited for season five to finally come out that I had to post a comment on here to tell the world! :)

Nov. 11 2008 06:48 PM

wooots can't wait for season 5

Nov. 11 2008 04:41 PM

ditto x a lower case google

Nov. 11 2008 04:16 PM

I am irrationally happy that you guys are finally back.

I hope I can make it to the online chat.

Nov. 10 2008 11:55 PM

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