Talking to Machines June 1, 2011
What can machines tell us about being human?
Shorts: Dogs Gone Wild May 18, 2011
In this short, a family dog disappears into the woods...and the mystery of what happened to him raises a big question about what it means to be wild.
Shorts: Cosmic Habituation May 3, 2011
In this short, Jonathan Schooler tells us about a discovery that launched his career and led to a puzzle that has haunted him ever since.
Radiolab Video: Symmetry April 19, 2011
Is the world full of deep symmetries and ordered pairs? Or do we live in a lopsided universe? This striking video by Everynone plays with our yearning for balance, and reveals how beautiful imperfect matches can be. The video was inspired by our episode
Desperately Seeking Symmetry April 18, 2011
From hair parts to the origin of the universe, how symmetry shapes our existence.
Shorts: In the Running April 6, 2011
Diane Van Deren is one of the best ultra-runners in the world, and it all started with a seizure. In this short, Diane tells us how her disability gave rise to an extraordinary ability.
Shorts: Pass the Science March 22, 2011
Richard Holmes went to Cambridge University intending to study the lives of poets. Until a dueling mathematician, and a dinner conversation composed entirely of gestures, changed his mind.
Help! March 9, 2011
What do you do when your own worst enemy is...you?
Shorts: A Flock of Two Feb. 23, 2011
In today's short, we get to know a man who struggles, and mostly fails, to contain his violent outbursts...until he meets a bird who can keep him in check.
This week on the podcast, football! No, it's not a Super Bowl recap. Jad and Robert present a piece from across the pond--a piece about soccer they fell in love with when they heard it at the Third Coast festival in Chicago.
Lost & Found Jan. 26, 2011
Stories about getting lost, and how our brains, and our hearts, help us find our way back home.
Shorts: The Universe Knows My Name Jan. 12, 2011
In this new short, we explore luck and fate, both good and bad, with an author and a cartoon character.
Shorts: Blood Buddies Dec. 29, 2010
In this new short, a tree full of blood-sucking bats lends a startling twist to our understanding of altruism and natural selection.
The Good Show Dec. 15, 2010
If natural selection boils down to survival of the fittest, how do you explain why one creature might stick its neck out for another?
Shorts: Gravitational Anarchy Dec. 1, 2010
A mysterious case of the topsy turvies and a return to the question of what felines feel when they fall.
Shorts: What Does Technology Want? Nov. 17, 2010
Are new ideas and new inventions inevitable? Are they driven by us or by a larger force of nature?
Cities Nov. 3, 2010
One tidy mathematical formula may hold the key to how cities work. We take to the streets to test the numbers, & ask what really makes cities tick.
Shorts: Wild Talk Oct. 20, 2010
In today's podcast, we get a tantalizing taste of words in the wild, from the jungles to the prairie.
Shorts: The Walls of Jericho Oct. 5, 2010
In this podcast, Jad and Robert throw some physics at a bible story. We find out just how many trumpeters you'd actually need to blow down the walls of Jericho.
Falling Sept. 21, 2010
We plunge into a black hole, take a trip over Niagara Falls, and upend some myths about falling cats.