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Colors Sneak Peek

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 07:00 PM

Jad and Robert get ready to take the stage (Jared Kelly)

Just before the curtain went up on our live show in Los Angeles, Jad and Robert carved out a little stage time for a sneak peek at next week's Colors episode.

We're so excited about our upcoming Colors show--an hour devoted to the mysteries of rainbows, wavelengths, and perception--that we wanted to do something a little unusual. Something we've never done before. We decided to take on a musical experiment on a much bigger scale than anything we've ever tried.

So we picked out a big batch of songs about colors (from Blue Monday, to Pink Moon, to Yellow Submarine), then we asked a passel of adventurous artists (from all over the spectrum--seriously, we've got indie rock, blue grass, funk, gamelan...) to record some technicolor covers.

What came back has us seeing stars (in a really, really good way). So here's a taste--including a wonderfully trippy live version of Bein' Green by Reggie Watts. Stay tuned for Colors next week, and if you want to help support Radiolab in the meantime and get access to mp3 downloads of some of these covers, check out our new digital membership program Lab Partners. Thanks everybody!


Reggie Watts


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Comments [9]

M C Ertem from Bethesda, MD

You say Homer was colorblind? Dudes, Homer was blind! :-)

Sep. 09 2012 05:08 PM

Jad: please continue to be your inquisitive, imaginative, inclusive self and do what the hell you like. Music has always been a big part of your podcasts, and you always use it wisely to help you get your points across. It is as valid a form of communication as any other. The music that people created for the full Colors show is used very sparingly and tactfully in the actual podcast. People should maybe not have such a knee jerk reaction to what is after all just a trailer for the full show. As champions of science surely people should reach conclusions based upon thorough examination of verifiable evidence. I understand why people are being protective over maintaining the quality and integrity of what is an absolute treasure of broadcasting, but its in safe hands.

Also, its a podcast, if you don't like the ads and promo, just skip them. They need to support themselves to continue to make the show.

Thanks for all the fascinating podcasts, you guys are an absolute breath of fresh air. You understand how all forms of intelligence, imagination, experience and their mutual application can contribute to each other, rather than compartmentalizing science and the arts, ending up blinkered to possibilities. I love your explorative, integrative, un-stuck-up, yet accurate approach to things, never stop!

May. 25 2012 10:17 AM

just dropped in to hear radiolab. after four minites of bull promo, I tuned out. what have you done to my radiolab?
Go ahead. you went on tour and didn't come back, I guess.

May. 20 2012 05:48 PM
Tim from Radiolab

Hi Aaron,

That story is from the Games show, which you can find here:


May. 20 2012 05:05 PM
Aaron Bockman from st louis

You did a podcast last week on KWMU about a basketball game that ended in over time, 5 on 2 and the 2 won. At least I think it was radio lab. Where can I find this?

May. 18 2012 11:43 PM

Hey dudes. Relax.

May. 17 2012 11:59 PM

When did RadioLab stop being about science and exciting things and start being about gays and pedants? Is my favorite show of my entire life, RadioLab, selling out to the appeal of this sort of nonsense? I hope not. Nobody wants to hear this nonsense. I'm not donating again this year unless there are some good episodes soon.

I DIDN'T LISTEN TO RADIOLAB FOR 5 YEARS TO GET INTO THE NONSENSE ART SCENE! STOP! Now, Zoe Keating, that's different, because her music fills the background of your podcast, and it's relaxing cello music, not idiotic hippie music. MORE SCIENCE, LESS ART!!!!!

May. 17 2012 12:02 PM

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May. 17 2012 05:47 AM
Dexter from Royce Hall

Jad: you're not a rock star. Stop diluting your brand by promoting your connections to "rock stars" of the indie sense. It cheapens you and what could be a great show to put your ego before what used to be a great podcast. If you need to show everyone who you know on the indie circuit then simply create a separate podcast, tour, leave your wife and family for a tramp-stamp honey and leave out shorts like this one from the show.

May. 15 2012 04:19 PM

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