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Radiolab is on a curiosity bender. We ask deep questions and use investigative journalism to get the answers. A given episode might whirl you through science, legal history, and into the home of someone halfway across the world. The show is known for innovative sound design, smashing information into music. It is hosted by Jad Abumrad, Lulu Miller, and Latif Nasser.

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Radiolab is on a curiosity bender. We ask deep questions and use investigative journalism to get the answers. A given episode might whirl you through science, legal history, and into the home of someone halfway across the world. The show is known for innovative sound design, smashing information into music. It is hosted by Jad Abumrad, Lulu Miller, and Latif Nasser.

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    Galápagos

    Galápagos

    As our co-Hosts Lulu Miller and Latif Nasser are out this week, we are re-sharing the perfect episode to start the summer season!

    This one, which first aired in 2014, tells the strange story of a small group of islands that keeps us wondering: will our most sacred natural landscapes inevitably get swallowed up by humans? How far are we willing to go to stop that from happening?

    This hour is about the Galápagos archipelago, which inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. Nearly 200 years later, the Galápagos are undergoing rapid changes that continue to pose — and perhaps answer — critical questions about the fragility and resilience of life on Earth.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    No Special Duty

    No Special Duty

    Since the massacre that took the lives of 19 schoolchildren in Uvalde, Texas, people across the world began to ask versions of one question: why did police wait outside the door instead of protecting the kids?

    It's not the first time this question has come up. Two years ago, as she watched police respond to the protests that followed the death of George Floyd, Producer B.A. Parker wondered: what are police for? With the help of our Producer Sarah Qari, she found that the United States’ Supreme Court had given this a most consequential and bewildering answer.

    We decided to re-air this episode to shed light on how a case from 2005 upended our assumptions about the role police are meant to play in our lives.

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    • 46 min
    Neanderthal's Revenge

    Neanderthal's Revenge

    A few months ago, co-Host Latif Nasser, who was otherwise healthy, saw blood in his poop. It was the start of a medical journey that made him not only question what was going on in his body, but also dig into the secret genetic story of how we became human. Curled up in a hospital bathroom, Latif tries to sort out whether his ordeal is the result of a long-lost sibling knifing him in the gut or, on the contrary, a long-forgotten kindness shared between two human-ish travelers. 

    Special thanks to Azra Premiji, Avir Mitra, Suzanne Lehrer, David Reich, Sriram Sankararaman, Ainara Sistiaga, Carl Zimmer, Carly Mensch, Latif's GI Doctor Florence Damilola Odufalu and her entire team, and the staff at LA County-USC Medical Center and Keck USC hospitals who looked after Latif during his hospitalization.

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    • 26 min
    Origin Stories

    Origin Stories

    We’re all in a tizzy here at Radiolab on account of our 20-year anniversary. And, as one does upon passing a milestone, we’ve been looking back in all kinds of ways. Two weeks ago, we went out over the airwaves, “Live on your FM dial,” a callback to our origins as a radio show. We revamped our logo and redid our website (get your Freq on, people!). More recently, Lulu's and Latif’s first stories came up in a meeting. They weren’t always the intrepid hosts of our collective journey in wonder. Soren Wheeler, our editor, thought it would be fun to highlight those firsts for you. 

    So here they are, baby Latif and Lulu, doing their darndest to make audio magic.

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    • 43 min
    BONUS: Radiolab After Dark Hour One

    BONUS: Radiolab After Dark Hour One

    This is the first hour of the our 20-year anniversary celebration, which took the form of a live show on the evening of Sunday, May 22nd. It includes our Editor Alex Neason’s cat, many questions from our listeners asked on the phone or via Twitter, which were answered by very special guests, and a dog… singing “Happy Birthday.”

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    Radiolab After Dark

    Radiolab After Dark

    Back in 2002, Jad Abumrad started Radiolab as a live radio show. He DJ’d out into the ether and 20 years later we do the same. To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the show, the Radiolab team went old school and took over WNYC Radio, live on the FM band. We answered the phones, played some wonderfully weird audio, including one piece where Kurt Vonnegut—yes, that Kurt Vonnegut—interviews the dead, took part in some games and tomfoolery, and did everything we could to have and to share in our good time.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38.7K Ratings

38.7K Ratings

ADDaD ,

It's hard to estimate the value of this podcast

This podcast stands out as pretty much constantly astounding. As someone who writes about science for a living, the 'scientific' concepts here are rendered in an enviably fascinating and pretty much idiot-proof way. It's a testament to the skills of the hosts in their use of the audio format that they can cruise through really complex stuff and give the ordinary listener entertainment and learning in a single scoop. This is the best. Now if they would only get season one on itunes....

Pazu7 ,

Regarding the Galapagos islands

Great podcast I always enjoy it but I feel I need to reply to something that is commonly misunderstood. In your episode regarding the Galapagos islands you talk about Darwin and you sort of repeat a misconception. Darwin did not come up with the idea of evolution. And by the time he wrote origin of species the church had already accepted the idea species evolve from other species. But they did believe that God is what was behind that process. What Darwin came up with was the idea if natural selection. And that was where he differed from the church belief. It was difficult for him since he was a religious man, a Catholic, and he was hesitant at first to even release his work. Because natural selection did not require divine intervention. Another misconception, not one that you stated but one that is commonly made, is the idea that natural selection means the strongest survive etc… what it actually states is that those species, or mutations, that survive are the ones that are the most fitted to the conditions of their environment. Anyway great podcast, I’m not trying to be a parent but I always hear that idea that Darwin came up with evolution and he didn’t.

dldnh ,

Excellent

An excellent podcast, always very interesting.

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