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Today we peer behind the fourth wall with an escape artist who doesn’t, a professional wrestler who brought reality into the ring, and a 400 year-old book that unmasks our obsession with authenticity and our desire to walk the line between reality and fantasy.


Simon Adler, Bruce Burningham Burningham, Andrew Marantz and Peter Rosenberg

Get Real

Today we peer behind the fourth wall with an escape artist who doesn’t and a professional wrestler who brought reality into the ring.


The Real Don Quixote

Is our obsession with blurring the boundaries of reality a new thing?

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John from OH

The segment about the escape artist is a story that isn't.

May. 12 2015 10:18 AM
Aaron Read from Providence RI

It was absolutely hilarious to hear this episode about how wrestling is real/not-real the same weekend DeflateGate exploded. I wonder how many of these chowderheads screaming about "the integrity of the game" realize that fundamentally there is no difference between arguing about DeflateGate and arguing about whether or not wrestling is fake.

Props to Rhode Island Public Radio for airing RadioLab!!!! :)

May. 11 2015 10:58 PM
rob hollander from United States

Great episode! But reality check modern? Maybe, but Chaucer's Canterbury Tales includes nearly all of Cervantes' layers of fiction: Chaucer himself is a character in his own Tales; the Miller's Tale includes an absurd comic caricature of the squire, one of the pilgrims; the youthfully enthusiastic but amateurish Squire' Tale is deftly interrupted by the Franklin before the young man makes a fool of himself; the host stops Chaucer's own tale with "your drasty rymyng is not worth a toord" and Chaucer has to tell a different tale in prose. Maybe most daring, the Monk tells his "tragedies" peremptorily with utter indifference, abruptly concluding an account of Ugolino and his sons with, effectively, "If you want all the gory details, read Dante." So maybe modernity began in 1400?

May. 11 2015 08:24 PM
Alan Wells from United States

Your piece on Cervantes has induced me to read Don Quixote - in the original spanish...

May. 10 2015 10:52 AM
Jake from San Diego, CA

i just want to say that what you guys do is unique and amazing. Every single time I listen to your show, I fall into a trance of absolute bliss. I was just driving home from the gym and found myself in my driveway, not really remembering driving home.
Great episode today, btw. I'm gonna take a nap now and dream about taking a nap and dream.
I love Radio Lab. I love it more than any radio or tv show that has ever existed. You guys are awesome.

May. 09 2015 03:01 PM

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