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It's Not Us, It's You

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 01:00 AM

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It’s the end of the year, and the entire Radiolab team is starting to take stock and come up for air. We're excited about how much ground we've covered - stories about college debaters and figure skaters, meat allergies and salmon-eating trees, deathwatch beetles mating and Kpop stars dating - we're excited for what 2017 holds, and grateful because you have made all these things possible with your support. 

But before 2016 comes to an end, we wanted to do something a little different. We wanted to swivel our attention back to you, our listeners, reconnect with some old friends to see how they are doing, and thank everyone for what they've shared with us.

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Comments [14]

MT from Nagoya Japan

I didn't love this episode as much as I loved CRISPER or Shrink... or any episode with O. Sacks... only now, while writing these lines, that i got it why: I felt envious about all these listeners that could meet and talk with you guys...
I know that Robert Krulwich loves Kyoto... so if you guys come around here, just let me know... i will be happy to show you around

Thanks again for all emotions

Mar. 02 2017 01:03 AM
Sundra from Oklahoma City, OK

Beautiful segment! I loved the comments by -- Mishra on the three kinds of dying, and wanted to listen to that whole show (and spell his name correctly). Could you provide that?

Jan. 11 2017 10:47 AM
Cait from Bonnie Glasgow

I loved this episode, I love Radiolab... Thank you for everything.

Jan. 05 2017 06:23 AM
Ott Maidre from Tartu, Estonia

I just paused this episode, because I wanted to say something here.

(I don't have any clue, it ever reaches Radiolab team, but still I do that.)

The year 2016 was.....not easy globally and personally. (And nature get bad hit's too.) But Radiolab.....

I usually do some cleaning or cooking same time, when I listen Radiolab. As a young biology teacher in high school, I have a lot a stress and burnouts (PISA 3. place is coming with very huge prize here) and this is the only moment when I feel I have personal time and my thoughts are flying away.

I have laughed front of the oven, I have cried front of the toilet (holding toilet brush in my hand), I have amazed and blow off with a vacuum cleaner when I have listened Radiolab. But mostly.......Radiolab has given me most important thing - hope!

Hope, we have are only human beings, we have better future, we change world better place, we admit there is lot's pain, but this pain teaches us, why is so important to speak and explain, because then....we are more humans.

Is that weird, when I say Radiolab it's not making us a better person, but more.....human?!

Thank you, Radiolab Podcast and everyone, who is behind this podcast. You making difference and you give us hope. This is the greatest thing, what any person can give another.


P.S. Radiolab listeners, in Spotify there is a playlist about Radiolab music, done by another listener:

Dec. 30 2016 05:32 AM
Shawna from WA

I love Radiolab, originally on the radio at my local NPR station and now in podcast. I always learn something fascinating, and I always end up crying, laughing, or both. Despite how much it means to me, I have a hard time remembering specific episodes...EXCEPT...
the episode I often tell people about is the one that starts with a couple people on a road trip who see a goat standing on top of a cow. That story always cracks me up, and the rest of the tale is a great story of the impact a single person can have. (Long story short, when the couple is on the side of the road taking pics of this crazy goat they find a box of old letters scattered along the road as though it had fallen out of someone's truck...which it had.)

Dec. 29 2016 01:55 PM
Robyn from Tennessee

Thanks for bringing back Amy Pearl! She's hilarious! When you announced on the podcast that you were doing that I wasn't sure it would work out. How can someone be that spontaneously funny on demand? I still don't know, but she totally rocked. k. I'm done fan girling now.

Dec. 29 2016 12:25 PM
Bruce Pencek from Blacksburg, VA

The touching update on CPE reminded me of friends with PTSD. leading me to wonder if neuroscience has detected similar patterns at the cell level between psychological (and perhaps moral) injury and physical brain trauma.

Dec. 28 2016 07:32 PM
Nick from 8800

I love radiolab

Dec. 26 2016 03:03 PM
Dangk Finnigs from Swezbrid

Because of the repeated asking for donations.. i aint donating..

..but continuing to listen? yah - sure..

Dec. 25 2016 04:35 PM
Ammy Woodbury from Santa Clara, CA

So, yeah, I'm one of these listeners.

Before we were married, I told my husband, "I don't like "stuff." The last thing in the world I need is more stuff. There's already way too much stuff. Good gifts are experiences, not stuff." So along comes my birthday back in 2009, and my gift is all the Radiolabs to-date, downloaded onto CD so that we could listen to them together on car trips. We listened to the nonchalant cow episode while driving down 101 to San Luis Obispo, like probably where it actually took place. We listened to the Choice episode and I had to pause and talk about how crazy Berkeley Bowl was when I lived in Berkeley in college. And when we fight, I have to stop and say, "Yeah, I know, but don't forget what the half-life is on the autonomic nervous system."

We've seen you live. Twice. Once when I was 9 months pregnant.

And our 4 year old daughter knows about the snapping shrimp, because she listened to the story in the car. She plays pretend games with the noise they make.

And yeah, I have a monthly contribution to Radiolab/WNYC. Keep it up. Feed my brain. I need more Radiolab.

Dec. 21 2016 12:48 PM
Golsana Heshmati from New York

Love this one! Amazing as always.Thanks!

Dec. 19 2016 02:03 PM
Thomas from Toronto, Canada

I have the same question as Laura! I've always wondered who were the people reading the credits and what was the process to be added on the list! :)

Keep on the good work. One of the best shows around.

Dec. 19 2016 12:46 PM
John from Columbus

I tried to leave a comment on the previous broadcast, but it was deleted. Probably because I was critical of it. Anyhow, this is a terrible example of people getting on the phone, giggling, saying "like" far too much, and giving us no substance.

Dec. 18 2016 08:40 PM
Laura McLaughlin from Webster Groves, MO

I loved this session! On a curious note, is it possible for anyone to submit recordings for the underwriting messages? I'd love to give it a go, realizing it probably wouldn't be chosen :)

Dec. 18 2016 11:25 AM

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