Radiolab

Saturday Noon
Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich
Robert Krulwich

Radiolab is an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds, and stories. In each episode, Radiolab experiments with sound and style allowing science to fuse with culture, and information to sound like music.

Hosted by Jad Abumrad with co-host Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is designed for listeners who demand skepticism but appreciate wonder; who are curious about the world, but also want to be moved and surprised.

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Audio Archive

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:00pm

    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 how just 60 words of legal language have blurred the line between war and peace.

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 5:59pm

    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.

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 4:59pm

    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 face of the planet, would you?

  • Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:19am

    What do frozen horses and a scorching universe have in common? That's what we wanted to know.

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:17pm

    From the stage to the cage, a series of showdowns that leave us wondering about the price of being right ... or coming from the left.

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11:40am

Mon July 1, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

A Beautiful Notion: That Caterpillars Killed Off The Dinosaurs

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 9:52 am

Robert Krulwich NPR

For the last hundred years, scientists have been wondering why the dinosaurs disappeared so quickly. Was there one key reason, or several?

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12:38am

Sat June 29, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Stroke, Stroke, Stroke — The Atlantic Ocean's Dazzling Oarsmen

Gregory G. Dimijian Science Source

At night, in the ocean, they look like little Broadway billboards with dazzling trills of rainbow colored light. They have eight little runways on their bodies for light display. What are they?

They're called comb jellies. They're not jellyfish. They don't pulse like jellies. They seem to hang. You can find them bobbing off eastern beaches from Massachusetts to the Carolinas and if you pull them up (you can, they don't sting), they're goopy, gelatinous clumps vaguely shaped like walnuts.

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6:18am

Fri June 28, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Artist Plays Detective: Can I Reconstruct A Face From A Piece Of Hair?

Vimeo

Her techniques aren't super-sophisticated. She's not a leader in the field. She's more or less an amateur. This is what you can do with ordinary genetic engineering tools right now. Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg can find a cigarette lying on the sidewalk on Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, and working from traces of saliva, by pulling DNA out of those saliva cells and using a bunch of simple algorithms available online, she can make some very educated guesses about what the smoker might look like.

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9:59am

Thu June 27, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

7 Billion People And Trillions Of Creatures To Be Photographed Together On July 19

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 9:40 am

NASA

It's going to be a very small picture, but we're all going to be in it. All trillions of us on Earth.

It's not our first group portrait, but Carolyn Porco, the woman in charge, says it's going to be gasp-worthy. She should know. She helped shoot some of the early ones.

What am I talking about?

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9:49am

Tue June 25, 2013

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