Radiolab Flash Drive
This flash drive features the first 5 seasons of Radiolab episodes. Hourlong programs like "Time", "Emergence" , "Deception" , "Laughter","Zoos", "Placebo" and "Sleep", a full 25 hours of surprising information and immersive storytelling easily accessed in a single 2 GB re-usable drive. The drive also includes the unforgettable "Goat on a Cow" story from the "Detective Stories" episode which is the inspiration behind the graphic image created by Radiolab fan Jez Burrows. Available when you invest $10 a month in WXXI.
101: Who Am I?
The "mind" and "self" were formerly the domain of philosophers and priests. But in this episode, neurologists lead the charge. We reflect on the illusion of selfhood, contemplate the evolution of consciousness, and meet a woman who one day woke up as a completely different person.
Stress may save your life if you're being chased by a tiger. But if you're stuck in traffic, it may be more likely to make you sick. This hour of Radiolab, stories of stress--from a singer who loses her voice, to an author caught in a body that never grew up.
What happens when there is no leader? Starlings, bees, and ants manage just fine. In fact, they form amazingly complicated societies. We look at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our brains.
We revel in the elasticity of Time, and take a spin through history--stopping at a 19th-century railroad station in Ohio, a track meet, and a Beethoven concert.
105: Beyond Time
Radiolab heads to the frontlines with men and women who are battling the inevitable march of time. We meet a scientist and his particle accelerator, an artist, and a whole cast of characters in the Mojave Desert…where geologic time flows like a frozen hourglass.
201: Detective Stories
Digging up the past leads to some very unexpected finds. Radiolab plays detective and goes sleuthing in some rather unusual places: an ancient trash dump, the side of the highway (where a goat was spotted standing on a cow), and in the blood of millions of Asians.
202: Musical Language
This hour of Radiolab, we explore the line between music and language, and turn to physics and biochemistry to ask how sound becomes feeling.
For thousands of years philosophers have debated the essence of morality. Now, neuroscientists may have answers--from stories of chimps sharing, to human toddlers fighting, and 4th graders playing slumlords.
204: Where Am I?
OK. Maybe you're in your desk chair. You're in your office. You're in New York, or Detroit, or Timbuktu. You're on planet Earth. But where are you, really? We examine the bond between brain and body, and look at what happens when it breaks.
This hour of Radiolab, we ponder our insignificant place in the universe. We boldly stare up at the sky and dig into our understanding of the cosmos, and we discover stories of optimism, narcissism, and cynicism all aimed at space.
From the symbolic power of the doctor coat, to the very real stash of opium in your brain, Radiolab explores the healing powers of belief and imagination.
Sleep is one of science's greatest mysteries. We look for answers in iguanas who doze with one eye open, new parents in the throes of sleep deprivation, and rats who may be dreaming.
Blood-thirsty Romans, frozen carcasses, wild jaguars, and a question: how do you build a better cage? We head to the zoo to find out.
304: Memory and Forgetting
Remembering is a tricky, unstable business. This hour of Radiolab: implanting false memories in loved ones, erasing painful memories by simply swallowing a pill, and the story of a man with the worst case of amnesia ever documented.
Some scientists claim that aging is a disease that can be cured. We explore the modern search for the fountain of youth, and hear personal stories of witnessing death: the death of a cell, the death of a loved one, and the aging of a society.
This hour of Radiolab teases out stories of laughter--from a baby’s crib, to a rat’s cage, to a remote village in Tanzania that was struck by a laughing epidemic 45 years ago.
Is it possible to lead a life without deception? We consult a cast of characters--from pathological liars to lying snakes to drunken psychiatrists--to try and understand the strange power of lying to yourself and others.
403: War of the Worlds
In 1938, Orson Welles produced a radio play that sounded an awful lot like a news report about Martians invading New Jersey. We deconstruct “The War of the Worlds,” and the power of mass media to create panic.
404: (So Called) Life
The uneasy marriage of biology and engineering raises big questions about the nature of life. We journey to the first billion years of life on Earth, look at how modern engineers tinker with living things, and meet a woman who could have been two people.
405: Pop Music
Some songs have the nefarious power to stick mercilessly in our heads, and some songs have the transcendent allure to overcome cultural differences. We ask how songwriters create these songs seemingly out of the ether, listen in on the music a deaf man hears, and examine the timeless appeal of the Elvis of Afghanistan.
When presented with a choice, logic and emotion pipe up. We turn up the volume on those voices in our heads, and try to get to the bottom of what really steers our decisions. Forget free will, some important decisions could come down to a steaming cup of coffee.
Sperm carry half the genes needed for human life. We examine our beginnings, take a tour of the animal kingdom, and ponder a world where frozen sperm can last for all eternity.
Our genes are nearly all the same, but that hasn't made race meaningless. Radiolab asks what race is, and whether it's fixed or fluid, genes or culture?
What's in a name? In Diagnosis, we attempt to find out what's wrong, and give it a label. We examine how we get to the root of a problem, and how we react when we get there.
505: Yellow Fluff and Other Curious Encounters
The pursuit of knowledge leads sometimes to answers, often to failure, and almost invariably to more questions. In this episode, stories of love and loss in the name of science.