Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow...

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May 14  Radiolab: Oops

Oops. In this hour of Radiolab, stories of unintended consequences.
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May 21  Radiolab: Deception

Lies, liars, and lie catchers. This hour of Radiolab asks if it's possible for anyone to lead a life without deception.

May 28  Radiolab: Black Box

This hour, we examine three very different kinds of black boxes—those peculiar spaces where it’s clear what’s going in, we know what’s coming out, but what happens in-between is a mystery.

Today's Show

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Apr 30  Radiolab: Blame

We've all felt it, that irresistible urge to point the finger. But new technologies are complicating age-old moral conundrums about accountability.

Recent Shows

Apr 23  Radiolab: Placebo

With new research demonstrating the startling power of the placebo effect, this hour of Radiolab examines the chemical consequences of belief and imagination.

Apr 16  Radiolab: Race

This hour of Radiolab, a look at race. When the human genome was first fully mapped in 2000, Bill Clinton, Craig Venter, and Francis Collins took the stage and pronounced that "The concept of race has no genetic or scientific basis."

Apr 02  The Soul Patch

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. Men who are face-blind, share workarounds that help them figure out who they're talking to.

Mar 26  Radio Lab: Apocalyptical

In this live stage performance, Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow. Wednesdays at noon on the News station, or just listen to it here.
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Mar 19  Radio Lab: Pop Music

This hour of Radiolab: pop music's pull. Some songs have the nefarious power to stick mercilessly in our heads, and some songs have the transcendent allure to overcome cultural differences. Today at noon on the News Station, or online, right here.
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Mar 12  Radiolab: Zoos

In a cruel trick of evolution, humans can stand just three feet from a ferocious animal and still be perfectly safe. This hour, Radiolab goes to the zoo.

Oct 16  Radiolab: Guts

This hour, we dive into the messy mystery in the middle of us. What's going on down there? And what can the rumblings deep in our bellies tell us about ourselves? 12 p.m. on the News Station.

Jul 31  Radiolab: Hidden Truths

In this hour of Radiolab, a series of stories about uncovering surprising truths hidden in plain sight. 12pm PT Wednesday on the News Channel.

Jul 24  Radiolab: Escape

We kick things off with a true escape artist -- a man who’s broken out of jail more times than anyone alive. Then, the ingeniously simple question that led Isaac Newton to an enormous intellectual breakthrough. 12pm PT Wednesday on the News Station.

Jul 17  Radiolab: Parasites

Could parasites be the shadowy hands that pull the strings of life? We explore nature's moochers, with tales of lethargic farmers, zombie cockroaches, and even mind-controlled humans (kinda, maybe). 12pm PT on the News Station.
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