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Bliss

March 21st, 2019

51:42

This week Jad and Radiolab alum Tim Howard revisit a favorite episode from 2012.

Because moments of total, world-shaking bliss are not easy to come …

Asking for Another Friend

March 7th, 2019

1:18:20

Part 2: Last year, we ran a pair of episodes that explored the greatest mysteries in our listeners’ lives - the big ones, little ones, and the ones in between. This year, we’re back on the hunt, tracking down answers to …

Asking for a Friend

February 28th, 2019

1:07:06

Last year, we ran a pair of episodes that explored the greatest mysteries in our listeners’ lives - the big ones, little ones, and the ones in between. This year, we’re back on the hunt, tracking down answers to the big …

Loops

February 21st, 2019

1:02:05

Our lives are filled with loops that hurt us, heal us, make us laugh, and, sometimes, leave us wanting more. This hour, Radiolab revisits the strange …

The Beauty Puzzle

February 8th, 2019

42:54

When a female animal is checking out her prospects, natural selection would dictate that she pay attention to how healthy, or strong, or fit he is. …

More Perfect: Sex Appeal

January 22nd, 2019

53:49

The Punchline

January 16th, 2019

52:05

John Scott was the professional hockey player that every fan loved to hate.  A tough guy. A brawler. A goon. But when an impish pundit named Puck Daddy called on fans to vote for Scott to play alongside the world’s …

BONUS: Radiolab Scavenger Hunt

December 28th, 2018

18:16

The question we get more than any other here at Radiolab is “Where do all those stories come from?”  Today, for the first time ever, we divulge our …

A Clockwork Miracle

December 27th, 2018

21:12

As legend goes, in 1562, King Philip II needed a miracle. So he commissioned one from a highly-skilled clockmaker. In this short, a king's deal with God leads to an intricate mechanical creation, and Jad heads to the …

Apologetical

December 21st, 2018

58:29

How do you fix a word that’s broken? A word we need when we bump into someone on the street, or break someone’s heart. In our increasingly …

UnErased: Smid

November 27th, 2018

49:40

Today on Radiolab, we're playing the fourth and final episode of a series Jad worked on called UnErased: The history of conversion therapy in America.

UnErased: Dr. Davison and the Gay Cure

November 21st, 2018

41:20

Today on Radiolab, we're playing part of a series that Jad worked on called UnErased: The history of conversion therapy in America.

The episode we're …

Tweak the Vote

November 5th, 2018

1:06:43

Democracy is on the ropes.  In the United States and abroad, citizens of democracies are feeling increasingly alienated, disaffected, and powerless.  Some are even asking themselves a question that feels almost too …

War of the Worlds

October 30th, 2018

58:07

It's been 80 years to the day since Orson Welles' infamous radio drama "The War of the Worlds" echoed far and wide over the airwaves. So we want to bring you back to our very first live hour, where we take a deep dive …

In the No Part 3

October 25th, 2018

27:18

In the final episode of our “In The No” series, we sat down with several different groups of college-age women to talk about their sexual …

In the No Part 2

October 19th, 2018

39:00

In the year since accusations of sexual assault were first brought against Harvey Weinstein, our news has been flooded with stories of sexual …

In the No Part 1

October 11th, 2018

55:45

In 2017, radio-maker Kaitlin Prest released a mini-series called "No" about her personal struggle to understand and communicate about sexual consent. That show, which dives into the experience, moment by moment, of …

Breaking Bad News Bears

September 28th, 2018

1:01:57

Today, a challenge: bear with us.

We decided to shake things up at the show so we threw our staff a curveball, Walter Matthau-style. In two weeks …

Infective Heredity

September 20th, 2018

27:27

Today, a fast moving, sidestepping, gene-swapping free-for-all that would’ve made Darwin’s head spin.

David Quammen tells us about a shocking way …

27: The Most Perfect Album

September 19th, 2018

19:20

Baby Blue Blood Drive

August 29th, 2018

58:39

Horseshoe crabs are not much to look at.  But beneath their unassuming catcher’s-mitt shell, they harbor a half-billion-year-old secret: a superpower …

Post No Evil

August 17th, 2018

1:08:32

Back in 2008 Facebook began writing a document. It was a constitution of sorts, laying out what could and what couldn’t be posted on the site. Back …

The Bad Show

July 27th, 2018

1:09:15

With all of the black-and-white moralizing in our world today, we decided to bring back an old show about the little bit of bad that's in all of …

Gonads: Sex Ed

July 27th, 2018

48:11

In this episode, an edited down version of a Radiolab Presents: Gonads Live show, host Molly Webster brings together a cast of storytellers, …

Gonads: Dana

July 22nd, 2018

27:38

When Dana Zzyym applied for their first passport back in 2014, they were handed a pretty straightforward application. Name, place of birth, photo ID -- the usual. But one question on the application stopped Dana in …

Gonads: Dutee

July 22nd, 2018

35:21

In 2014, India’s Dutee Chand was a rising female track and field star, crushing national records. But then, that summer, something unexpected happened: she failed a gender test. And was banned from the sport. Before she …

Gonads: X & Y

June 30th, 2018

39:02

A lot of us understand biological sex with a pretty fateful underpinning: if you’re born with XX chromosomes, you’re female; if you’re born with XY …

Gonads: Fronads

June 23rd, 2018

36:47

At 28 years old, Annie Dauer was living a full life. She had a job she loved as a highschool PE teacher, a big family who lived nearby, and a serious …

Gonads: The Primordial Journey

June 15th, 2018

33:34

At two weeks old, the human embryo has only just begun its months-long journey to become a baby. The embryo is tiny, still invisible to the naked …

Birthstory

June 7th, 2018

59:55

We originally posted this episode in 2015, and it inspired producer Molly Webster to take a deep dive into the wild and mysterious world of human …

Poison Control

June 1st, 2018

35:50

When reporter Brenna Farrell was a new mom, her son gave her and her husband a scare -- prompting them to call Poison Control. For Brenna, the …

Unraveling Bolero

May 22nd, 2018

27:09

This week, we're throwing it back to an old favorite: a story about obsession, creativity, and a strange symmetry between a biologist and a composer …

More or Less Human

May 17th, 2018

1:01:00

Seven years ago chatbots - those robotic texting machines - were a mere curiosity. They were noticeably robotic and at their most malicious seemed only capable of scamming men looking for love online. Today, the chatbot …

Dark Side of the Earth

April 26th, 2018

27:37

Astronauts at the International Space Station can make one request to talk to an earthling of their choice. For some reason, Astronaut Mark Vande Hei chose us. A couple weeks ago, we were able to video chat with Mark …

Border Trilogy Part 3: What Remains

April 20th, 2018

35:38

Border Trilogy

While scouring the Sonoran Desert for objects left behind by migrants crossing into the United States, anthropologist Jason De León …

Border Trilogy Part 2: Hold the Line

April 6th, 2018

49:34

Border Trilogy 

While scouring the Sonoran Desert for objects left behind by migrants crossing into the United States, anthropologist Jason De León …

Border Trilogy Part 1: Hole in the Fence

March 23rd, 2018

48:32

Border Trilogy

While scouring the Sonoran Desert for objects left behind by migrants crossing into the United States, anthropologist Jason De León …

Rippin’ the Rainbow an Even Newer One

March 15th, 2018

33:02

One of our most popular episodes of all time was our Colors episode, where we introduced you to a sea creature that could see a rainbow far beyond …

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - The Gun Show

February 23rd, 2018

1:09:05

The shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, reignited an increasingly familiar debate about guns in this country. Today, we’re re-releasing a More Perfect episode that aired just after the Las Vegas shooting …

The Curious Case of the Russian Flash Mob at the West Palm Beach Cheesecake Factory

February 20th, 2018

We don’t do breaking news. But when Robert Mueller released his indictment a few days ago, alleging that 13 Russian nationals colluded to disrupt the …

Smarty Plants

February 13th, 2018

34:54

Do you really need a brain to sense the world around you? To remember? Or even learn? Well, it depends on who you ask. Jad and Robert, they are split on this one. Today, Robert drags Jad along on a parade for the …

Ghosts of Football Past

February 3rd, 2018

36:40

In anticipation of Super Bowl LII (Go Eagles), we're revisiting an old episode about the surprising history of how the game came to be. It's the end …

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - One Nation, Under Money

January 31st, 2018

55:04

An unassuming string of 16 words tucked into the Constitution grants Congress extensive power to make laws that impact the entire nation. The Commerce Clause has allowed Congress to intervene in all kinds of situations …

The Voice in Your Head - A Tribute to Joe Frank

January 23rd, 2018

How do you pay proper tribute to a legend that many people haven’t heard of?


We began asking ourselves this question last week when the visionary …

How to Be a Hero

January 9th, 2018

28:38

What are people thinking when they risk their lives for someone else? Are they making complicated calculations of risk or diving in without a second …

Inside Radiolab (Video)

December 29th, 2017

Take a stroll through where Radiolab is made and meet some of the people who have created your favorite episodes.

Help make another year of curiosity …

Bigger Little Questions

December 22nd, 2017

55:51

We're back with Part 2! When we dumped out our bucket of questions, there was a lot of spillover. Like, A LOT of spillover. So today, we’re chasing down answers to some bigger, little questions.  


This episode was …

Big Little Questions

December 20th, 2017

46:07

Here at the show, we get a lot of questions. Like, A LOT of questions. Tiny questions, big questions, short questions, long questions. Weird questions. Poop questions. We get them all.

And over the years, as more and …

Super Cool

December 5th, 2017

25:24

When we started reporting a fantastic, surreal story about one very cold night, more than 70 years ago, in northern Russia, we had no idea we'd end …

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - Mr. Graham and the Reasonable Man

November 30th, 2017

1:08:15

Stereothreat

November 23rd, 2017

36:46

Back in 1995, Claude Steele published a study that showed that negative stereotypes could have a detrimental effect on students' academic …

Match Made in Marrow

November 9th, 2017

1:00:53

You never know what might happen when you sign up to donate bone marrow. You might save a life… or you might be magically transported across a …

Oliver Sacks: A Journey From Where to Where

October 27th, 2017

37:20

There’s nothing quite like the sound of someone thinking out loud, struggling to find words and ideas to match what’s in their head. Today, we are allowed to dip into the unfiltered thoughts of Oliver Sacks, one of our …

Father K

October 12th, 2017

1:11:06

Today, while the divisions between different groups in this country feel more and more insurmountable, we zero in on a particular neighborhood to see …

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - American Pendulum I

October 2nd, 2017

51:54

Driverless Dilemma

September 26th, 2017

40:01

Most of us would sacrifice one person to save five. It’s a pretty straightforward bit of moral math. But if we have to actually kill that person …

Oliver Sipple

September 21st, 2017

1:02:11

One morning, Oliver Sipple went out for a walk. A couple hours later, to his own surprise, he saved the life of the President of the United States. …

Radiolab Presents: Anna in Somalia

September 12th, 2017

34:41

Where the Sun Don't Shine

August 23rd, 2017

32:27

Today we take a quick look up at a hole in the sky and follow an old story as it travels beyond the reach of the sun.

Breaking News

July 27th, 2017

48:46

Today, two new technological tricks that together could invade our most deeply held beliefs and rewrite the rules of credibility. Also, we release …

The Ceremony

July 14th, 2017

46:59

Today, paranoia sets in: we head to The Ceremony, the top-secret, three-day launch of a new currency, wizards and math included. Halfway through, …

Revising the Fault Line

June 27th, 2017

47:30

A new tussle over an old story, and some long-held beliefs, with neurologist and author Robert Sapolsky.

Four years ago, we did a story about a man …

The Gondolier

June 15th, 2017

54:35

What happens when doing what you want to do means giving up who you really are? 

We travel to Venice, Italy with reporters Kristen Clark and David …

The Radio Lab

May 25th, 2017

39:55

15 years ago the very first episode of Radiolab, fittingly called "Firsts," hit the airwaves. It was a 3-hour long collection of documentaries and …

Null and Void

May 12th, 2017

50:46
Today, a hidden power that is either the cornerstone of our democracy or a trapdoor to anarchy.   Should a juror be able to ignore the law? From a …

Funky Hand Jive

April 26th, 2017

28:04

Back when Robert was kid, he had a chance encounter with then President John F. Kennedy. The interaction began with a hello and ended with a …

Radiolab Extra: Henrietta Lacks

April 18th, 2017

35:13

With all the recent talk about HBO's upcoming film, we decided it would be good time to re-run our story of one woman's medically miraculous cancer …

Nukes

April 7th, 2017

55:40

President Richard Nixon once boasted that at any moment he could pick up a telephone and - in 20 minutes - kill 60 million people.  Such is the power …

Shots Fired: Part 2

March 24th, 2017

26:54

A couple years ago, Ben Montgomery, reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, started emailing every police station in Florida.

He was asking for any …

Shots Fired: Part 1

March 17th, 2017

55:34

A couple years ago, Ben Montgomery, reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, started emailing every police station in Florida.

He was asking for any …

Update: CRISPR

February 24th, 2017

49:37

It's been almost two years since we learned about CRISPR, a ninja-assassin-meets-DNA-editing-tool that has been billed as one of the most powerful, …

Radiolab Presents: Ponzi Supernova

February 10th, 2017

38:00

We thought we knew the story of Bernie Madoff.  How he masterminded the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, leaving behind scores of distraught …

Stranger in Paradise

January 27th, 2017

43:36
Back in 1911, a box with a dead raccoon in it showed up in Washington D.C., at the office of Gerrit S. Miller. After pulling it out and inspecting …

Radiolab Presents: On the Media: Busted, America's Poverty Myths

January 18th, 2017

33:25

We love to share great radio, even if we didn’t make it. Today, On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone tells Jad and Robert about a mammoth project they launched to take a critical look at the tales we tell ourselves when we …

Lose Lose

December 30th, 2016

25:18
No matter what sport you play, the object of the game is to win. And that’s hard enough to do. But we found a match where four top athletes had to do the opposite in one of the most high profile matches of their …

It's Not Us, It's You

December 16th, 2016

59:18
It’s the end of the year, and the entire Radiolab team is starting to take stock and come up for air. We're excited about how much ground we've …

Bringing Gamma Back

December 8th, 2016

24:47
Today, a startling new discovery: prodding the brain with light, a group of scientists got an unexpected surprise -- they were able to turn back on a part of the brain that had been shut down by Alzheimer’s disease. …

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - Object Anyway

November 22nd, 2016

49:53
At the trial of James Batson in 1982, the prosecution eliminated all the black jurors from the jury pool. Batson objected, setting off a complicated …

One Vote

November 7th, 2016

48:31
Come election season, it's easy to get cynical. Why cast a ballot if your single measly vote can't possibly change anything?

In our first-ever election special, we set off to find a single vote that made a difference. …

Alpha Gal

October 27th, 2016

34:02

Tuck your napkin under your chin.  We’re about to serve up a tale of love, loss, and lamb chops.  For as long as she can remember, Amy Pearl has loved meat in all its glorious cuts and marbled flavors. And then one day, …

Seneca, Nebraska

October 12th, 2016

29:37
Back in 2014 the town of Seneca, Nebraska was deeply divided. How divided? They were so fed up with each other that some citizens began circulating a …

The Primitive Streak

September 23rd, 2016

29:42

Last May, two research groups announced a breakthrough: they each grew human embryos, in the lab, longer than ever before. In doing so, they witnessed a period of human development no one had ever seen. But in the …

Update: Eye In the Sky

September 12th, 2016

36:30

An update on Ross McNutt and his superpower — he can zoom in on everyday life, then rewind and fast-forward to solve crimes in a shutter-flash. But …

The Girl Who Doesn't Exist

August 29th, 2016

33:44

In today’s episode, we meet a young woman from Texas, born and raised, who can’t prove that she exists.

Alecia Faith Pennington was born at home, …

Playing God

August 21st, 2016

1:01:29

When people are dying and you can only save some, how do you choose? Maybe you save the youngest. Or the sickest. Maybe you even just put all the …

From Tree to Shining Tree

July 30th, 2016

32:04

A forest can feel like a place of great stillness and quiet. But if you dig a little deeper, there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and complicated as a city at rush hour.

In this story, a dog introduces us to …

David and the Wire

July 12th, 2016

31:18

David Weinberg was stuck. He had been kicked out of college, was cleaning toilets by day, delivering pizzas by night and spending his weekends in …

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - The Imperfect Plaintiffs

June 28th, 2016

1:05:06

On this episode, we visit Edward Blum, a 64-year-old “legal entrepreneur” and former stockbroker who has become something of a Supreme Court …

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - The Political Thicket

June 10th, 2016

43:58

The question of how much power the Supreme Court should possess has divided justices over time. But the issue was perhaps never more hotly debated …

The Buried Bodies Case

June 3rd, 2016

47:58
In 1973, a massive manhunt in New York's Adirondack Mountains ended when police captured a man named Robert Garrow.  And that’s when this story …

Coming Soon: More Perfect

May 24th, 2016

1:02

How does an elite group of nine people shape everything from marriage and money, to safety and sex for an entire nation? From the producers of …

Bigger Than Bacon

May 9th, 2016

37:05

Today's story is a mystery, shockingly hot, and vanishingly tiny.

It starts with a sound, rising like a mist from the marsh, around a dock in South …

On the Edge

April 21st, 2016

42:59

At the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, one athlete pulled a move that, so far as we know, no one else had ever done in all of human history.

Surya …

Cellmates

April 6th, 2016

30:06

There’s a black hole in the middle of the history of life: how did we go from tiny bags of chemicals to the vast menagerie of creatures we see around …

Update: 23 Weeks 6 Days

March 23rd, 2016

1:02:57

An update on Juniper French, a tiny baby, born at 23 Weeks and 6 days -- roughly halfway to full term. And a whole universe of medical and moral …

Debatable

March 11th, 2016

57:38

Unclasp your briefcase. It’s time for a showdown. In competitive debate future presidents, supreme court justices, and titans of industry pummel each other with logic and rhetoric.  But a couple years ago Ryan Wash, a …

K-poparazzi

February 24th, 2016

37:23

In the U.S., paparazzi are pretty much synonymous with invasion of privacy. But today we travel to a place where the prying press create something more like a prison break. 

K-pop is a global juggernaut - with billions …

Hard Knock Life

February 12th, 2016

19:16

This Valentine's Day, a mysterious tap tap tapping leads us into a world of sex, death, and head-banging.

Biologist Dave Goulson introduces us to …

I Don't Have To Answer That

January 29th, 2016

34:38

Roosevelt, Kennedy, Eisenhower … they all got a pass. But today we peer back at the moment when poking into the private lives of political figures …

The Cathedral

December 28th, 2015

31:24

Ryan and Amy Green were facing the unfaceable: their youngest son, Joel was diagnosed with terminal cancer after his first birthday. Producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni tells the story of how Ryan and Amy stumble onto an …

The Fix

December 18th, 2015

40:32

This episode we take a sober look at the throbbing, aching, craving desire states that return people (again and again) to the object of their addiction … and the pills that just might set them free.

Reporter Amy …

Staph Retreat

November 2nd, 2015

29:50

What happens when you combine an axe-wielding microbiologist and a disease-obsessed historian? A strange brew that's hard to resist, even for a …

Update: New Normal?

October 19th, 2015

1:08:59

An update: Peacenik baboons, a man in a dress and cuddly tame foxes. Stories of adaptation, and reframing ideas about normalcy. 3 stories where choice challenges destiny. 

Smile My Ass

October 6th, 2015

34:49

As Candid Camera succeeded, it started to change the way we thought not only of reality television, but also of reality itself.

Darkode

September 21st, 2015

37:47

It would seem that hackers today can do just about anything they want - from turning on the cellphone in your pocket to holding your life's work …

The Rhino Hunter

September 7th, 2015

50:17

Back in 2014, Corey Knowlton paid $350,000 for a hunting trip to Namibia to shoot and kill an endangered species.  He’s a professional hunter, who …

Remembering Oliver Sacks

August 30th, 2015

25:50

In memory of one of our dear friends, a re-release of our last conversation with Dr. Oliver Sacks.  

Elements

August 23rd, 2015

1:13:23

Scientists took about 300 years to lay out the Periodic Table into neat rows and columns. In one hour, we’re going to mess it all up.  This episode, …

From the Archives: Oliver Sacks' Table of Elements

August 6th, 2015

16:00

As we're busy working on our next episode, with stories inspired by the Periodic Table of Elements, we thought we'd bring you one of its chief …

Shrink

July 30th, 2015

43:18
The definition of life is in flux, complexity is overrated, and humans are shrinking.

Viruses are supposed to be sleek, pared-down, dead-eyed …

Gray's Donation

July 16th, 2015

25:18
A donation leads Sarah and Ross Gray to places we rarely get a chance to see. In this surprising journey, they gain a view of science that is …

Mau Mau

July 3rd, 2015

43:25

This is the story of a few documents that tumbled out of the secret archives of the biggest empire the world has ever known, offering a glimpse of histories waiting to be rewritten.

Eye in the Sky

June 18th, 2015

28:31

Ross McNutt has a superpower — he can zoom in on everyday life, then rewind and fast-forward to solve crimes in a shutter-flash. But should he?

In …

Antibodies Part 1: CRISPR

June 6th, 2015

30:45
Hidden inside some of the world’s smallest organisms is one of the most powerful tools scientists have ever stumbled across. It's a defense system …

Nazi Summer Camp

May 22nd, 2015

30:00

Reporter Karen Duffin and her father were talking one day when, just as an aside, he mentioned the Nazi prisoners of war that worked on his Idaho farm when he was a kid. Karen was shocked ... and then …

Radiolab Live: Tell-Tale Hearts featuring Oliver Sacks

May 12th, 2015

58:10

A few days ago Radiolab performed a live show and this episode we're bringing you a few of the highlights. They were stories of what motivates us, …

Sight Unseen

April 28th, 2015

29:12

In December of 2009, photojournalist Lynsey Addario was embedded with a medevac team in Afghanistan. After days of waiting, one night they got the call - a marine was gravely wounded. What happened next happens all the …

The Living Room

April 9th, 2015

28:18

We're thrilled to present a piece from one of our favorite podcasts, Love + Radio (Nick van der Kolk and Brendan Baker). 

Producer Briana Breen …

VIDEO: Radiolab Presents: Radio Ambulante

April 2nd, 2015

Our story Los Frikis was a collaboration with Radio Ambulante, who produced a story of their own about two of the last surviving frikis, Yohandra and …

Los Frikis

March 24th, 2015

31:37

How a group of 80’s Cuban misfits found rock-and-roll and created a revolution within a revolution, going into exile without ever leaving home. In a …

Fu-Go

March 10th, 2015

35:38

During World War II, something happened that nobody ever talks about. This is a tale of mysterious balloons, cowboy sheriffs, and young children caught up in the winds of war. And silence, the terror of silence.

La Mancha Screwjob

February 24th, 2015

51:37

All the world’s a stage. So we push through the fourth wall, pierce the spandex-ed heart of professional wrestling, and travel 400 years into the past to unmask our obsession with authenticity and our desire to walk the …

The Trust Engineers

February 9th, 2015

30:36

When we talk online, things can go south fast. But they don’t have to. Today, we meet a group of social engineers who are convinced that tiny changes in wording can make the online world a kinder, gentler place. So long …

American Football

January 29th, 2015

1:14:00
Today, we tackle football. It’s the most popular sport in the US, shining a sometimes harsh light on so much of what we have been, what we are, and …

Radiolab Presents: Invisibilia

January 9th, 2015

31:32
Producers' Note: A correction has been made to this audio to reflect the wishes of the subject of this story, Paige Abendroth. NPR's Invisibilia's originally included Paige's birth name in this piece due to a …

Worth

December 23rd, 2014

1:11:32

This episode, we make three earnest, possibly foolhardy, attempts to put a price on the priceless. We figure out the dollar value for an accidental …

Buttons Not Buttons

December 12th, 2014

26:09

Buttons are usually small and unimportant. But not always. Sometimes they are a portal to power, freedom, and destruction. Today we thread together tales of taking charge of the little things in life, of fortunes made …

Outside Westgate

November 29th, 2014

36:25

In the wake of public tragedy there is a space between the official narrative and the stories of the people who experienced it. Today, we crawl …

Patient Zero - Updated

November 13th, 2014

1:08:06

The greatest mysteries have a shadowy figure at the center—someone who sets things in motion and holds the key to how the story unfolds—Patient Zero. …

Haunted

October 30th, 2014

30:12

Dennis Conrow was stuck. After a brief stint at college, he’d passed most of his 20’s back home with his parents, sleeping in his childhood room. And …

Translation

October 20th, 2014

1:15:11

How close can words get you to the truth and feel and force of life? That's the question poking at our ribs this hour, as we wonder how it is that the right words can have the wrong meanings, and why sometimes the best …

John Luther Adams

October 3rd, 2014

25:10

Juicervose

September 18th, 2014

43:39

Ron and Cornelia Suskind had two healthy young sons, promising careers, and a brand new home when their youngest son Owen started to disappear. 


3 months later a specialist sat Ron and Cornelia down and said the word …

In The Dust Of This Planet

September 8th, 2014

41:34

Horror, fashion, and the end of the world … things get weird as we explore the undercurrents of thought that link nihilists, beard-stroking …

Hello

August 21st, 2014

45:48

It's hard to start a conversation with a stranger—especially when that stranger is, well, different. He doesn't share your customs, celebrate your …

Happy Birthday Bobby K

August 7th, 2014

29:30

It’s Robert’s birthday! (Or it was, anyway, a couple days back.) So today we celebrate with some classic Krulwich radio and a backwards peek into the …

For the Birds

July 24th, 2014

14:30

Today, a lady with a bird in her backyard upends our whole sense of what we may have to give up to keep a wild creature wild.

Galapagos

July 17th, 2014

1:02:51

Today, the strange story of a small group of islands that raise a big question: is it inevitable that even our most sacred natural landscapes will eventually get swallowed up by humans? And just how far are we willing …

9-Volt Nirvana

June 26th, 2014

24:27

Learn a new language faster than ever! Leave doubt in the dust! Be a better sniper! Could you do all that and more with just a zap to the noggin? …

≤ kg

June 13th, 2014

20:34

A plum-sized lump of metal takes us from the French Revolution to an underground bunker in Maryland as we try to weigh the way we weigh the world …

Things

May 30th, 2014

1:01:18

From a piece of the Wright brother's plane to a child’s sugar egg, today: Things! Important things, little things, personal things, things you can …

The Skull

May 15th, 2014

20:12

Today, the story of one little thing that has radically changed what we know about humanity’s humble beginnings and the kinds of creatures that were out to get us way back when.

Wits University Professor Lee Berger …

For the Love of Numbers

May 2nd, 2014

19:37

It’s hard to think of anything more rational, more logical and impersonal than a number. But what if we’re all, universally, also deeply attuned to how numbers … feel? Why 2 is warm, 7 is strong and 11 is downright …

60 Words

April 18th, 2014

55:54

This hour we pull apart one sentence, written in the hours after September 11th, 2001, that has led to the longest war in U.S. history. We examine …

Straight Outta Chevy Chase

April 1st, 2014

34:36

From boom bap to EDM, we look at the line between hip-hop and not, and meet a defender of the genre that makes you question... who's in and who's out.

KILL 'EM ALL

March 25th, 2014

21:28

They buzz. They bite. And they have killed more people than cancer, war, or heart disease. Here’s the question: If you could wipe mosquitoes off the …

What's Left When You're Right?

February 25th, 2014

59:39

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 …

Neither Confirm Nor Deny

February 12th, 2014

25:48

How a sunken nuclear submarine, a crazy billionaire, and a mechanical claw gave birth to a phrase that has hounded journalists and lawyers for 40 years and embodies the tension between the public’s desire for …

Brown Box

January 28th, 2014

20:00

You order some stuff on the Internet and it shows up three hours later. How could all the things that need to happen to make that happen happen so …

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