Radiolab explores the blurring boundaries between science, philosophy and human experience. Curiosity is king as Radiolab investigates the world and shakes up the way you think. Produced by WNYC, Radiolab podcasts come out every other week, and each year 10 new hour-long episodes air on NPR stations around the country.
Deep in the Arizona desert, one man has been deciphering the chatter between rodents, hoping to prove that communication among highly social animals is more sophisticated than we think.
A scientist takes a scary plunge to find out why time seems to slow down when we fear for our lives.
Those trying to diagnosis Alzheimer's say some answers may be in the writing.
May 28, 2010 At age 94, Sister Alberta Sheridan is the youngest sister alive from the Nun Study. Launched by Dr. David Snowdon, this is one of the most in-depth research projects focusing on dementia in the world.
March 30, 2010 Two different patients. Two different stories. But a shared delusion. Each is convinced that someone they love dearly is >not that person, but an impostor. A curious disorder known as Capgras delusion involves the distinct feeling that the people around you have been replaced. And no one is certain what causes it.
February 12, 2010 Floating through space right now is a golden record carrying sounds of Earth: a mother's first words to her baby, the sound of a kiss, and music from all over the world. Ann Druyan helped to create the NASA project as a guide to Earth for aliens. And like any good mix tape — interstellar or not — it led to the man of her dreams.
March 18, 2009 Many amputees say they can still feel the presence of a missing limb, and often what they feel is intense pain. But how does a doctor treat pain in an arm or a leg that no longer exists? Oddly enough, one researcher used a cardboard box and a $2 mirror.
March 9, 2009 A 2-year-old, it turns out, knows the difference between right and wrong. And by age 4, children are getting the grasp of empathy. While the seeds of morality may be at least partially built into our genetic makeup, for children, developing a moral sense can still be a battle of impulses.
April 29, 2008 Scientists all over the world are matter-of-factly amending, changing and rearranging living creatures for all kinds of reasons, some silly, some profound. Take the case of the MIT team that made the icky-smelling bacteria E. coli and gave it a wintergreen-scented twist.