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Hosted by Jab Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is an award-winning radio program and podcast where 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.

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  • Friday, June 11, 2021 2:17pm

    We’ve just barely made it to the other side of a year that took our collective breaths away. So more than ever we felt that this was the time to go deep on life’s rhythmic dance partner. Today we huff and we puff through a whole stack of stories about breath. We talk to scientists, musicians, activists, and breath mint experts, and try to climb into the very center of this thing we all do, are all doing right now, and now, and now. 

    This episode was reported and produced by Annie McEwen, Matt Kielty, and Molly Webster.

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    Further reading: 

    Alice Wong’s book Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories From the 21st Century

    Here’s a speech Alice gave when first referring to her body as an oracle. 

    And for more on ventilator allocation in NY State, check out this article by the Gothamist.

     

     

  • Thursday, May 27, 2021 2:09pm

    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 guides hunts all around the world, so going to Africa would be nothing new.  The target on the other hand would be. And so too, he quickly found, would be the attention. 

    This episode, producer Simon Adler follows Corey as he dodges death threats and prepares to pull the trigger.  Along the way we stop to talk with Namibian hunters and government officials, American activists, and someone who's been here before - Kenya’s former Director of Wildlife, Richard Leakey.   All the while, we try to uncover what conservation really means in the 21st century.

    Reported & produced by Simon Adler with production help from Matthew Kielty.

    Special thanks to Chris Weaver, Ian Wallace, Mark Barrow, the Lindstrom family, and everyone at the Aru Game Lodge in Namibia.

    Thanks also to Sarah Fogel, Ray Crow, Barbara Clucus, and Diogo Veríssimo.

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  • Friday, May 21, 2021 3:58am

    This episode, a tale of a wonder drug that will make you wonder about way more than just drugs.  

    Doctor-reporter Avir Mitra follows the epic and fantastical journey of a molecule dug out of a distant patch of dirt that would go on to make billions of dollars, prolong millions of lives, and teach us something fundamental we didn’t know about ourselves. Along the way, he meets a geriatric mouse named Ike, an immigrant dad who’s a little bit cool sometimes, a prophetic dream that prompts a thousand-mile journey, an ice cream container that may or may not be an accessory to international drug smuggling, and - most important of all - an obscure protein that’s calling the shots in every one of your cells RIGHT NOW.

    This episode was reported by Avir Mitra and was produced by Sarah Qari, Pat Walters, Suzie Lechtenberg, with help from Carin Leong and Rachael Cusick.

    Special thanks to Richard Miller, Stuart Schreiber, Joanne Van Tilburg, and Bethany Halford.

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  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:21pm

    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 fast?

     

    It used to be, when you ordered something on the Internet, you waited a week for it to show up. That was the deal: you didn’t have to get off the couch, but you had to wait. But in the last few years, that’s changed. Now, increasingly, the stuff we buy on the Internet shows up the next day or the same day, sometimes within hours. Free shipping included. Which got us wondering: How is this Internet voodoo possible?

    A fleet of robots? Vacuum tubes? Teleportation? Hardly. In this short, reporter Gabriel Mac travels into the belly of the beast that is the Internet retail system, and what he finds takes his breath away and makes him weak in the knees (in the worst way). Producer Pat Walters and Brad Stone, author of The Everything Store, a book about Amazon.com, assist.

    *****This podcast contains some language and subject matter that might not be appropriate for young listeners******

     

  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:30am

    In this episode, we break the thermometer watch the mercury spill out as we discover temperature is far stranger than it seems. Five stories that run the gamut from snakes to stars. We start out underwater, with a snake that has evolved a devious trick for keeping warm. Then we hear the tale of a young man whose seemingly simple method of warming up might be the very thing making him cold. And Senior Correspondent Molly Webster blows the lid off the idea that 98.6 degrees Farenheight is a sound marker of health. 

    This episode was reported by Lulu Miller and Molly Webster and was produced by Lulu Miller, Molly Webster, and Becca Bressler.

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