Radiolab

Radiolab

Sun, 08/07/2011 - 8:00pm

Pictured: Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich

Credit: Alan Klein

Tune in throughout August for all new episodes of Radiolab.

AM 1370 is pleased to bring listeners the 9th season of Radiolab, an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds, and stories. 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. Radiolab airs Sundays at 8 p.m., beginning August 7 on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2. Note: The Moth will return in September, as WXXI will be alternating The Moth and Radiolab each month.

Below are episode descriptions and dates:

The Good Show airs Sunday, August 7 at 8 p.m. In this episode, a question that haunted Darwin: if natural selection boils down to survival of the fittest, why would one creature stick its neck out to help another? Is altruism an aberration, or just an elaborate guise for sneaky self-interest? Do we really live in a selfish, dog-eat-dog world? Or has evolution carved out a hidden code that rewards genuine cooperation?
 
Lost and Found airs Sunday, August  14 at 8 p.m. In this episode, Radiolab steers its way through a series of stories about getting lost, and asks how our brains, and our hearts, help us get home. We meet a woman who has spent her entire life getting lost, and go to a military base in New Jersey to learn about some amazing feats of navigational wizardry. Finally, we turn to a very different kind of lost and found: a love story about running into a terrifying, and unexpected, fork in the road.

Help! airs Sunday, August 21 at 8 p.m. What do you do when your own worst enemy is...you? This hour, Radiolab looks for ways to gain the upper hand over those forces inside us--from unhealthy urges, to creative insights--that seem to have a mind of their own. We meet a Cold War negotiator who, in order to quit smoking, backs himself into a tactical corner, and we visit a clinic in Russia where patients turn to a radical treatment to help fight their demons. Plus, Elizabeth Gilbert on doing battle with your muses.

The Soul Patch airs Sunday, August 28 at 8 p.m. In this episode of Radiolab, stories of unlikely (and surprisingly simple) answers to seemingly unsolvable problems. We get to know a man who struggles, and mostly fails, to contain his violent outbursts...until he meets a bird who can keep him in check. Then, Oliver Sacks and Chuck Close, who are both face-blind, share workarounds that help them figure out who they’re talking to. And a senior center stumbles upon an unexpected way to help Alzheimer’s patients—by building a bus stop.

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