Radiolab from WNYC

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On Radiolab, science meets culture and information sounds like music. Each episode of Radiolab® is an investigation -- a patchwork of people, sounds, stories and experiences centered around One Big Idea. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is produced by WNYC public radio. Support the adventure with a donation by pasting the following URL into your browser: http://www.wnyc.org/epledge/radiolab

Shorts: Sperm Tales Oct. 7, 2008
Two short pieces on sperm that hint at the new ideas and amazing stories we came across once we started following the trail of this wriggly little cell.
Shorts: Chasing Bugs Sept. 23, 2008
Remember the first time you ever saw an ant hill? That parade of black insects pouring in and out of a small sand mound...most of us stopped, looked, and then moved on to other parts of the playground. E. O. Wilson is the kid who never took his eyes off
We play some never-released tape from the vault, and reveal a bit about what techniques we used to try and make it sing.
Shorts: Quantum Cello Aug. 25, 2008
Jad and cellist Zoe Keating discuss the physics (if not metaphysics) of looping sound, and how to use a 17th century instrument to make avant-garde electronic music.
Robert and Brian Greene discuss what's beyond the horizon of our universe, what you might wear in infinite universes with finite pairs of designer shoes, and why the Universe and swiss cheese have more in common than you think.
Shorts: Tell Me A Story July 29, 2008
Robert Krulwich's commencement speech at California Institute of Technology gets at the heart of what we do here at Radiolab. It's a treat to hear his passion. We enjoyed it. And we thought you might too.
Shorts: City X July 1, 2008
This week, a piece from one of our favorite radio-makers, Jonathan Mitchell. 'City X' is a history of the modern shopping mall through perspectives of people living in a real, yet unnamed, city.
Shorts: Earworms June 17, 2008
First, we asked you to tell us what song gets stuck in your head. Then, we asked you how you got it out. Finally, we made a podcast. Thank you to everyone who called in, shared their secret techniques, and sang without shame.
Shorts: Wordless Music June 3, 2008
An excerpt from Wordless Music on WNYC, a 4-part music program hosted by Jad, exploring the boundaries between classical and pop music. Jad waxes googly- eyed fan when he gets to talk about one of his favorite bands, Stars of the Lid.
Shorts: Open Outcry May 20, 2008
Jad presents a piece by one of his favorite producers: Ben Rubin. This audio portrait, called 'Open Outcry,' visits the trading floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange, with its hundreds of traders shouting unintelligible phonic abbreviations and numbe
Ever wonder how Jad and Robert met? They tell their tale on stage at Oberlin College, and talk about how they started tinkering around with tape to come up with the Radiolab you know today.
Pop Music April 21, 2008
Nightmarish stories of musical hallucinations, songs with the power to transcend language, & the triumphant return of the Elvis of Afghanistan.
(So-Called) Life April 7, 2008
The uneasy marriage of biology and engineering raises big questions about the nature of life.
Laughter Feb. 25, 2008
We all laugh. This hour of Radiolab asks why. ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/radiolab/~4/eZLIenDGBo4)
Jad plays one of his favorite pieces of all time, 'IF' by Sherre DeLys. ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/radiolab/~4/pF5hJKQwncw)
Imagine that you're a composer. Imagine getting the commission to write a song that will allow family members to face the death of a loved one. David Lang had to do just that when a hospital in Garches, France, asked him to write music for their morgue, or 'Salle Des …
The Ring and I Jan. 1, 2008
It might seem hyperbole to claim, as many Wagnerites do, that The Ring Cycle is 'The Greatest Work of Art Ever.' But it's permeated our culture from Star Wars to Bugs Bunny to J.R.R. Tolkien. On this Radiolab/WNYC Special, we explore the impact and influence of Wagner's Ring Cycle on …
The Wright Brothers Dec. 18, 2007
In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright managed to coax their spruce biplane off the North Carolina sand for twelve seconds, and those twelve seconds started a revolution in flight. We examine the human desire to fly, and how getting flight changed us. ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/radiolab/~4/AlQG0O8Uyw0)
Contact Dec. 4, 2007
This week, a look at the different ways that people connect to each other, and how they act once they’re together. NOTE: This episode contains EXPLICIT language about sex. ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/radiolab/~4/OoYR_1rDNDU)
Space Capsules Nov. 20, 2007
How would you describe life on Earth to an alien? In 1977, the Voyager spacecraft launched into space. And with it, went the Golden Record-- a sort of time capsule, a collection of sounds and images that would describe life on Earth to whomever or whatever might find it. ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/radiolab/~4/etjtzNZVFgg)