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The Surreal Strangeness of Reproduction

Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 10:00 AM

Isabella Rosellini strikes again. We've mentioned this series before, but now it's back with the next installment of bizarre and beautiful videos.

The 'Why Vagina' video touches on something we've also explored on Radiolab.

On a personal note, I grew up with ducks as pets. As anyone who has had a ringside view of duck mating can probably tell you, the activities that I observed in our yard between the ducks were terrifying and violent. As an adult, learning about the ways in which female ducks control reproduction allows me to revisit those traumatic fowl memories in a new light.

Season 2 of Green Porno focuses on sex in the underwater world, where gender is a much more complicated and fluid concept then us landlubbers usually imagine. We can only hope that Rosselini will move on to even stranger territory in a future season. Like slime molds, which can have 13 genders.

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Comments [9]

hugh

Haha, I can hear it now, Jad- "Season 2 of Green Porno focuses on sex in the underwater world, where gender is a much more complicated and fluid concept then us landlubbers usually imagine. Alright b*tch3s, On that note, here is Krulwich's favorite bible quote: There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.
Bible, 1 John iv. 18."

The "In Silence" podcast was not about Christianity, it was about human nature, this isn't the 700 club, it's Radiolab!

Apr. 30 2009 12:04 PM
J Lewis in Fort Worth

I do not want a religious twist to each radiolab episode, which is absolutely absurd, but unlike "Justin", religion does not disgust me. It's as much a part of this world as any other topic - humankind's condition and it's need for connections with something larger is interesting in any aspect, christian or non-christian.

Apr. 29 2009 08:46 AM
justin

i'm sooo disapointed that you've ruined your fantastic science show with religion. ugh. just gross. i had to shut off the podcast Silence. please discontinue this.

Apr. 15 2009 12:36 PM
Dax

Radiolab is an dedicated to the eternal investigation regarding science and culture. If Radiolab were to interview theologians, it would make the most sense for the interviewees be from the most scientifically sound church, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

A quote from the Gospel, as opposed to being a Biblical quote, would be much more fitting to the content of the program.

Apr. 14 2009 04:36 PM
anon

I think the reason to make the quotes at the end of each episode Christian is because despite not being a majority of believers, it is still the largest. Of course simply quoting the old testament will get Islam, Jewish, and Christian communities. That way radiolab can promote all three instead of playing favorites between them.

I can't wait to hear more sermons and quotes from the old testament! Perhaps radiolab could interview some theologians instead of scientists too!

Apr. 14 2009 01:23 PM
Guy

The link to Slime Molds doesn't work on other computers - only the author's. If you remove the question mark and everything after it works okay.

Apr. 14 2009 09:52 AM
Steve

But what does this blog entry have to do with God? I'm confused.

Apr. 13 2009 11:40 PM

Christianity may be the top religion in the world but it's roughly only 30% of the world's religious population. Why not add in a reading of the Koran or Tora at the end of each episode?

Here's a better idea, let's stay objective, think outside or our own selfish needs, have some consideration for others, and see the value of being objective, curious, and inquisitive, scientist.

Personally, I skipped over that episode although I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Krulwich's commencement speech at California Institute of Technology (Tell Me A Story.)

Apr. 13 2009 05:06 PM
anon

This is great and all, but is there any way that Christianity could get tied in to this somehow? I loved the show "in silence" and was wondering if every show could have more of a Religious/Spiritual/Christian theme. Perhaps just a Biblical quote at the end or something. Thanks so much.

Apr. 13 2009 01:56 PM

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