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There and Back Again Dec. 18, 2019

Here's a simple question: When an animal disappears in the winter, where does it go? Oddly enough, this question completely stumped European scientists for thousands of years. And even today, the more we learn about the comings and goings of the animals, the deeper the mystery seems to get. We visit a Bavarian farm with an 11 year old, follow warblers and wildebeests around the world, and get a totally new kind of view of the pulsing flow of animals across the globe. _This episode was reported by Robert Krulwich and Jackson Roach and produced by Pat Walters, Matt Kielty, …

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Things Dec. 12, 2019
This hour we investigate the objects around us, their power to move us, and whether it's better to look back or move on, hold on tight or just let go.
Breaking Bongo Nov. 27, 2019
Deep fake videos have the potential to make it impossible to sort fact from fiction. And some have argued that this blackhole of doubt will eventually send truth itself into a death spiral. But a series of recent events in the small African nation of Gabon suggest it's already happening. …
Breaking News Nov. 19, 2019
Today, we're re-releasing an old episode about how hard it is getting to decipher fact from fiction. Because next week, we’ll be putting out a story showing what happens when certain reality-altering tools get released into the wild. Simon Adler takes us down a technological rabbit hole of strangely contorted …
Today on Radiolab, we're bringing you the fourth episode of Jad's special series, [Dolly Parton's America](https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/dolly- partons-america). In this episode, Jad goes back up the mountain to visit Dolly’s actual Tennessee mountain home, where she tells stories about her first trips out of the holler. Back on the mountaintop, standing …
Songs that Cross Borders Oct. 30, 2019
Coming off our adventures with Square Dancing, and Jad's dive into the world of Dolly Parton, we look back at one our favorites. About a decade ago, we found out that American country music is surprising popular in places like Zimbabwe, Thailand, and South Africa. Aaron Fox, an anthropologist of …
Birdie in the Cage Oct. 23, 2019
People have been doing the square dance since before the Declaration of Independence. But does that mean it should be THE American folk dance? That question took us on a journey from Appalachian front porches, to dance classes across our nation, to the halls of Congress, and finally a Kansas …
Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad spent the last two years following around music legend Dolly Parton, and we're here to say you should tune in! In this episode of Radiolab, we showcase the first of Jad's special series, [Dolly Parton's America](https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/dolly-partons- america). In this intensely divided moment, one of …
Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad spent the last two years following around music legend Dolly Parton, and we're here to say you should tune in! In this episode of Radiolab, we showcase the first of Jad's special series, [Dolly Parton's America](https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/dolly-partons- america). In this intensely divided moment, one of …
Silky Love Sept. 27, 2019
We eat eels in sushi, stews, and pasta. Eels eat _anything_. Also they can survive outside of water for hours and live for up to 80 years. But this slippery snake of the sea harbors an even deeper mystery, one that has tormented the minds of Aristotle and Sigmund Freud …
Tit for Tat Sept. 17, 2019
In the early 60s, **Robert Axelrod** was a math major messing around with refrigerator-sized computers. Then a dramatic global crisis made him wonder about the space between a rock and a hard place, and whether being good may be a good strategy. With help from **Andrew Zolli** and **Steve Strogatz** …
More often than not, a fight is just a fight... Someone wins, someone loses. But this hour, we have a series of face-offs that shine a light on the human condition, the benefit of coming at something from a different side, and the price of being right. _Special thanks to …
The Memory Palace Aug. 28, 2019
Nate DiMeo was preoccupied with the past, and how we relate to it, from a very young age. For the last decade or so he's been scratching this itch with [**The Memory Palace**](http://www.thememorypalace.org/), a [**podcast**](https://apple.co/thememorypalace) he created. He does things very differently than we do, but his show has captured …
Right to be Forgotten Aug. 23, 2019
In an online world, that story about you lives forever. The tipsy photograph of you at the college football game? It’s up there. That news article about the political rally you were marching at? It’s up there. A DUI? That’s there, too. But what if ... it wasn’t. In Cleveland, …
On the inaugural episode of _More Perfect_ , we explore three little words embedded in the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: “cruel and unusual.” America has long wrestled with this concept in the context of our strongest punishment, the death penalty. A majority of “we the people” ([61 percent](http://www.gallup.com/poll/1606/death-penalty.aspx), …
This episode begins with a rant. This rant, in particular, comes from Dan Engber - a science writer who loves animals but despises animal intelligence research. Dan told us that so much of the way we study animals involves tests that we think show a _human_ is smart ... not …
G: Unnatural Selection July 26, 2019
This past fall, a scientist named Steve Hsu made headlines with a provocative announcement. He would start selling a genetic intelligence test to couples doing IVF: a sophisticated prediction tool, built on big data and machine learning, designed to help couples select the best embryo in their batch. We wondered, …
G: Unfit July 17, 2019
When a law student named Mark Bold came across a Supreme Court decision from the 1920s that allowed for the forced sterilization of people deemed “unfit,” he was shocked to discover that it had never been overturned. His law professors told him the case, Buck v Bell, was nothing to …
G: Relative Genius June 28, 2019
Albert Einstein asked that when he died, his body be cremated and his ashes be scattered in a secret location. He didn’t want his grave, or his body, becoming a shrine to his genius. When he passed away in the early morning hours of April, 18, 1955, his family knew …
G: Problem Space June 14, 2019
In the first episode of G, Radiolab’s miniseries on intelligence, we went back to the 1970s to meet a group of Black parents who put the IQ test on trial. The lawsuit, Larry P v Riles, ended with a ban on IQ tests for all Black students in the state …