We received an email today that we'd like to share in the hopes that it can help others.
I have just declared my workshop a Radiolab Free area. No one is allowed to listen to Radiolab there. Especially not me. I think you must warn the public about the dangers of listening to Radiolab while trying to do other things. I'm a 54 year old carpenter with my own woodworking shop. I've always been able to listen to music and NPR news while I'm working in the shop. Several years ago with the advent of the iPod I was able to listen even while running power tools. Table saws, routers, band saws, etc. have the annoying effect of interrupting the music or news. So with noise-canceling headphones and an iPod I was now able to listen to music uninterrupted. So far so good. Then I figured out how to put podcasts on my iPod. Radiolab was at the top of my list for podcast downloads.
After 30 years as a full time carpenter and woodworker I'm very fortunate to have all my fingers. Many of my colleagues are missing fingers or parts of fingers. I've had some close calls but felt pretty confidant around my machinery. Then came Radiolab. I don't think it was the first time I was listening to Radiolab in my shop that I took a big saw kerf out of my left thumb with the table saw. So I didn't put two and two together right away. Two weeks later I cut 1/3 of the way through my middle finger with the band saw while I was listening to another Radiolab podcast. I was merely trying to combine my love for woodwork with my love for Radiolab. When trying to figure out how I had gone all those years without any serious cuts and then within a couple of weeks receiving two it suddenly occurred to me what I had been doing. The common denominator was Radiolab. In retrospect it was quite stupid. Listening to Radiolab is so overwhelmingly attention grabbing it should be done while strapped down in a comfy chair with all sharp objects placed safely out of reach. No doubt the vast majority of your listeners are much smarter than me in this respect but in case I can save someone else the pain and embarrasment of a Radiolab influenced injury I hope this warning will prove its worth.
In light of the aforementioned consumer feedback, we are now recommending that one avoid operating heavy machinery while under the influence of Radiolab. Also, watch out for traffic while walking and listening to Radiolab. (We've had a few reports of near misses there, too.) With greater public awareness about the dangers of listening to Radiolab, we hope to avoid issuing a product safety recall. Be safe out there, folks.