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Weights and Measures

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How do we measure the world around us? Today we size things up: from universal standards for measuring mass, to the social cues that help us understand other people’s behavior. But what if our rules of measurement are arbitrary? And what happens when the thing you’re trying to measure might not be there at all?

Comments [5]

Jalaja Bonheim

Faboulous show, I loved it. Thank you.

Dec. 21 2016 08:33 PM
Kevin W Grierson from Williamsburg

I generally thoroughly enjoy Radiolab when it comes on my local NPR station (WHRV), and I loved the content of this story, but it felt like it was edited by a hyperactive six-year old whose Ritalin had worn off. Finishing each others' sentences is fine occasionally, but the constant bombardment of back and forth was overwhelming. And please, PLEASE, let people finish their sentences occasionally--constantly cutting away from someone midsentence seems disrespectful after a while. Finally, I'm sure that having a person singing what a person is saying over the top of them actually speaking is cutting edge someplace, but that idea really should have gone to the cutting room floor. I understand that a story about weights and measures might feel like it needs to be jazzed up a little bit, but please, dial it back a little next time.

Dec. 19 2016 10:50 AM
BJ from Detroit

I'm hoping someone can tell me the name of the classical song that is played at the end of the first segment in this episode. It starts playing in the background @ 17:12 and then without interference @ 18:25. I wasn't able to find it via music identification apps etc. Any help is greatly appreciated :-)

I did want to thank you for the very engaging episode! Radiolab is one of the only podcasts I listen to which consistently educates me on subject matter that I never knew existed prior to listening, and this episode is a perfect example.

Dec. 18 2016 07:40 PM
Pauline Carter from Seattle WA. USA

Beautiful!! Echoes of my spiritual path, "A Course in Miracles".

Dec. 17 2016 05:04 PM
Corinna from Cambridge

Enjoyed your show on "The Big K"(aka le Kilogramme).
I really thought you were going to touch on the several unsuccessful attempts of the USA to adopt the metric system and why it has never succeeded...

Oh well:(

Dec. 17 2016 03:24 PM

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