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An Animated Adventure from Minute Physics

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 03:32 PM

Last month, we had our very first (unofficial) artist-in-residence at Radiolab: Henry Reich, the brains behind MinutePhysics. Henry took a story from Craig Childs, the adventure-loving, cliff-scaling explorer from our Things episode, and animated it in trademark Minute Physics style: magic markers, stick figures, and tons of charm.

While he was hanging with us at Radiolab, making videos, Henry decided to try his hand at radio production too. We were working on Things, so we had a few interviews with Regan Choi and Craig on our hard drives (a conversation Jad and Robert had with the two of them in Denver, along with tape our producer Molly Webster recorded Utah). Henry listened through that tape and clued in to a cool story that didn’t make it into our podcast. Here it is—enjoy!



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Comments [13]

lancelot Z. Gatzby from florida

This is really interesting because usually people want to dig and find all the old artifacts they can find but this guy wants to keep it left in the ground. i think we should try to find the old articfacts so we can preserve them and study them so we can learn more about older times and more about history of our previous civilzations, but i think we should handle the artifacts with care and not break them and then glue them back together. I did think it was cool tho that he wanted to keep the artifacts in the ground and actually stole it back and placed back in the ground

Oct. 20 2014 09:31 PM
Dante from Florida

Great story, what made it even better was the animation that went right along with each action in the story. It really brought it all to life. I didn't like how he brought the pot to a different location and stashed it there. Because most of the value of things is in the context and the story, moving the pot took the context away. In the end the pot will certainly be better off where it is now than in some display case with no context even though many will not know the true story of the piece.

Oct. 19 2014 12:39 PM
Carl Bock

Good on you.
Very good medicine
Returning it to the ancestors
May many blessings come to you

Aug. 17 2014 06:09 PM
Bob Miller from Illinois

When Craig talks about the archeologist and the people with shovels, it reminds me of the scene from Lawrence of Arabia with Anthony Quinn and the British officer. Is there any logic to who owns, what?

Aug. 05 2014 12:52 AM
Kieran Mullen from Oklahoma

When I saw the graphic, I had hoped that they had hired Randall Munroe, of xkcd fame. He does a brilliant math/science/computer science webcomic that is very appropriate to RadioLab. (Check it out!) I was further disappointed when I saw that Reich didn't try to donate the pot to whatever tribe is the closest descendant of the original owners. While putting the pot back in the wilderness is artistic and all, is that better than giving it to a group who would cherish it and honor those who made it?

Jul. 16 2014 11:03 AM
Eric Pomert from Berkeley, CA

Is Henry Reich related to Robert Reich? I see a lot of similarity in the hand-drawn animation style.

Jul. 13 2014 03:03 PM
sue from Illinois

I didn't realize that Craig in the episode "Things," was the writer Craig Childs 'til the very end of the radio show! He is a great nature writer and Henry Reich did a great job animating this anecdote. If you haven't read any of Craig Childs' books, check out The Secret Knowledge of Water or The Animal Dialogues.

Jul. 03 2014 09:09 PM
Krista from Malaysia

A big thank you to all you folks at Radiolab. I download and listen to your podcasts on my iPod and you guys make the world a fascinating adventure. I am always awed by the stories and sounds. Keep up the amazing work. Yeah for a moment I thought we were going to get a sequel on the seed jar.

Jul. 01 2014 11:32 AM

the masking tape will almost certainly confound the jar's future finders. it will then serve as the eternal mystery which which will consequently surround the religion sure to spring up around it.

blessed are those who have not seen the adhesive & yet still believe.

Jun. 29 2014 03:57 PM
Cody from Vancouver, BC

For a minute I thought this was going to be the seed jar!

Jun. 24 2014 01:04 PM
Erin from not from Portland

Entertaining story! For some reason, I get a kick out of the fact that the artist uses a washable black Crayola magic marker - the kind my kids use!!!

Jun. 16 2014 04:27 PM

Minute Physics is actually pretty damn interesting as a Youtube channel. One of my favorites actually.. So is Radiolab as well. I really hope they collaborate more as they are both very creative in their own right. In fact, I would go as far as to say that Henry Reich would probably fit right in at Radiolab so I'm eager to see more collaborations between them. They both have very off beat styles.

Pretty awesome to see actually..

Jun. 14 2014 08:53 PM
Monica Custer

That was an interesting story, made more enjoyable by watching the hand drawn pictures. I especially liked how he was able to draw a picture to match an action he was describing (people looting, keeping an eye on the room). Really fun to watch.

Jun. 14 2014 10:35 AM

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