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Radiolab is one of the most beloved podcasts and public radio shows in the world. The show is known for its deep-dive journalism and innovative sound design. Created in 2002 by host Jad Abumrad, the program began as an exploration of scientific inquiry. Over the years it has evolved to become a platform for long-form journalism and storytelling. Radiolab is co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Latif Nasser.

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Radiolab is one of the most beloved podcasts and public radio shows in the world. The show is known for its deep-dive journalism and innovative sound design. Created in 2002 by host Jad Abumrad, the program began as an exploration of scientific inquiry. Over the years it has evolved to become a platform for long-form journalism and storytelling. Radiolab is co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Latif Nasser.

    Breath

    Breath

    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.

    Support Radiolab by becoming a member today at Radiolab.org/donate.  

    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.

     

     

    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Rhino Hunter

    The Rhino Hunter

    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.

    Support Radiolab by becoming a member today at Radiolab.org/donate.   

    • 52 min
    The Dirty Drug and the Ice Cream Tub

    The Dirty Drug and the Ice Cream Tub

    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.

    Support Radiolab by becoming a member today at Radiolab.org/donate.  

    • 46 min
    Brown Box

    Brown Box

    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?

     

    • 28 min
    Kleptotherms

    Kleptotherms

    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.

    Support Radiolab by becoming a member today at Radiolab.org/donate.

    • 44 min
    Deep Cuts

    Deep Cuts

    Today, Lulu and Latif talk about some of their favorite episodes from Radiolab’s past that hold new power today.  

    Lulu points to an episode from 2008: 

    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. Well, composer David Lang had to do just that when a hospital in Garches, France, asked him to write music for their morgue, or 'Salle Des Departs.' What do you do? This piece was produced by Jocelyn Gonzales.

    And Latif talks about an episode Jad made in 2009. Here’s how we described it back then:

    Jad--a brand new father--wonders what's going on inside the head of his baby Amil.

    (And don't worry, you don't need kids to enjoy this podcast.) The questions here are big: what is it like to be so brand new to the world? None of us have memories from this time, so how could we possibly ever know? Is it just chaos? Or, is there something more, some understanding from the very beginning? Jad found a development psychologist named Charles Fernyhough to explore some of his questions.

    Support Radiolab by becoming a member today at Radiolab.org/donate.    

    • 24 min

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