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

  • 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.

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:00pm

    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 transparency and the government’s need to keep secrets.  


     

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8:56am

Mon July 30, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Embarrassed By Your Olympic Javelin: Did Cavemen Do It Better?

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 11:23 am

Ian Walton Getty Images

4:24am

Sat July 28, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Weekend Special: The Miracle Of The Felt-Tipped Pen

BMJ Case Reports

I guess things get swallowed all the time, but this tale (from a hospital case study in Devon, in Britain) tells us something extraordinary about felt-tip pens. (If you look at this woman's stomach, there's a pen in there near the top.)

It's called "An incidental finding of a gastric foreign body 25 years after ingestion," by Oliver Richard Waters, Tawfique Daneshmend, Tarek Shirazi, in BMJ Case Reports from 2011.

Here's the full report:

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8:45am

Tue July 17, 2012

7:13am

Fri July 13, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Fantasy Baseball For Physicists: Very, Very Fast Fastballs

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 8:00 am

what if? from xkcd

Here's a question: What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light?

The answer is: Don't.

Not that anyone's going to pitch a ball that fast, but if they do, you definitely don't want to be the batter. Or the pitcher. Or in the stands watching. Or anywhere near the ball field. But, trust me, you very definitely want to see what happens.

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6:58am

Thu July 12, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Thinking Too Much About Chalk

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 10:31 am

Ayodha Ouditt NPR

One day, the great novelist and essayist G. K. Chesterton decided to go sketching. He brought his colored chalks, his reds, blues, yellows and greens to a hill in South England, but he forgot to bring white. Damn, he thought, what an idiot, to leave out the crucial one. "Without white," he wrote, "my absurd little pictures would be...pointless." What to do? "I sat on the hill in a sort of despair."

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