Radiolab: Who Am I?


 
The "mind" and "self" were formerly the domain of philosophers and priests. But in this hour of Radiolab, neurologists lead the charge on profound questions like "How does the brain make me?" Listen at 9 a.m. or 9 p.m. PT.

We'll take a look at the longest running science experiment in history and team up with NPR's Planet Money to try to wrap our heads around the speed of high frequency trading.

Never Quite Now

 

We kick things off with one of the longest-running experiments in the world. AsJoshua Foer explains, the Pitch Drop Experiment is so slow, you can watch it for hours (check out the live cam) and not detect the slightest movement. But that doesn't mean ...

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Million Dollar Microsecond

 

Picture the scrum of the stock exchange -- the flurry of buying and selling, the split-second decisions that make and break fortunes. Then take out all the humans and accelerate everything until you literally can't keep up. Jad visits the inhumanly fast world of modern-day, high-speed trading with NPR's

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Master of the Universe

 

As faster and faster technology schools us with its super speed, we're left looking for something, anything, we can beat. Enter Lene Vestergaard Hau, who has found a way to harness the one thing we all thought -- by its very nature -- was unbeatable.