Hold On
Radiolab
by WNYC Studios
2d ago
Two years ago, the United States did something amazing. In response to the mental health crisis the federal government launched 988 - a nationwide, easy to remember phone number that anyone can call anytime and talk to a counselor. It was 911 but for mental health and they hoped that it would save lives. However, if you call 988 today the first thing you hear isn’t a sympathetic counselor. What you hear is hold music. Today, the story of the highest stakes hold music in the universe, the three men who created suicide prevention and the two women trying to fix it.  Special thanks to Dr. Ma ..read more
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G: The World's Smartest Animal
Radiolab
by WNYC Studios
2w ago
This episode begins with a rant. This rant, in particular, comes from Dan Engber - a science writer who loves animals but despises animal intelligence research. Dan told us that so much of the way we study animals involves tests that we think show a human is smart ... not the animals we intend to study.  Dan’s rant got us thinking: What is the smartest animal in the world? And if we threw out our human intelligence rubric, is there a fair way to figure it out? Obviously, there is. And it’s a live game show, judged by Jad, Robert … and a dog. The last episode of G, our series on intelligen ..read more
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Cheating Death
Radiolab
by WNYC Studios
3w ago
In this episode, Maria Paz Gutiérrez does battle against the one absolute truth of human existence and all life… death. After getting a team of scientists to stand in for death (the grim reaper wasn’t available), we parry and thrust our way through the myriad ways that death comes for us - from falling pianos to evolution’s disinterest in longevity. In the process, we see if we can find a satisfying answer to the question “why do we have to die” and find ourselves face to face with the bitter end of everything that ever existed. Special thanks to Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Steven Nadler ..read more
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Breaking Newsve About Zoozve
Radiolab
by WNYC Studios
3w ago
Less than two weeks since we released Zoozve, and we have BIG NEWS about our quest to name the first-ever quasi-moon! And that’s only the half of it!  Listen to the episode “Zoozve” before you listen to this update! (https://radiolab.org/podcast/zoozve) EPISODE CREDITS - Reported by - Latif Nasser with help from - Ekedi Fausther-Keeys Produced by - Sarah Qari Original music and sound design contributed by - Sarah Qari with mixing help from - Arianne Wack Fact-checking by - Diane Kelley and Edited by  - Becca Bressler EPISODE CITATIONS -  Official announcement about Zoozve is ava ..read more
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Breaking Newsve about Zoozve
Radiolab
by WNYC Studios
1M ago
Less than two weeks since we released Zoozve, and we have BIG NEWS about our quest to name the first-ever quasi-moon! And that’s only the half of it!  Listen to the episode “Zoozve” before you listen to this update! (https://radiolab.org/podcast/zoozve) EPISODE CREDITS - Reported by - Latif Nasser with help from - Ekedi Fausther-Keeys Produced by - Sarah Qari Original music and sound design contributed by - Sarah Qari with mixing help from - Arianne Wack Fact-checking by - Diane Kelley and Edited by  - Becca Bressler EPISODE CITATIONS -  Official announcement about Zoozve is ava ..read more
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G: Relative Genius
Radiolab
by WNYC Studios
1M ago
Albert Einstein asked that when he died, his body be cremated and his ashes be scattered in a secret location. He didn’t want his grave, or his body, becoming a shrine to his genius. When he passed away in the early morning hours of April, 18, 1955, his family knew his wishes. There was only one problem: the pathologist who did the autopsy had different plans. In the third episode of “G”, Radiolab’s miniseries on intelligence, first aired back in 2019 we go on one of the strangest scavenger hunts for genius the world has ever seen. We follow Einstein’s stolen brain from that Princeton autopsy ..read more
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Zoozve
Radiolab
by WNYC Studios
1M ago
As co-host Latif Nasser was putting his kid to bed one night, he noticed something weird on a solar system poster up on the wall: Venus had a moon called … Zoozve.  But when he called NASA to ask them about it, they had never heard of Zoozve, and besides that, they insisted that Venus doesn’t have any moons.  So begins a tiny mystery that leads to a newly discovered kind of object in our solar system, one that is simultaneously a moon, but also not a moon, and one that waltzes its way into asking one of the most profound questions about our universe:  How predictable is it, real ..read more
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The Living Room
Radiolab
by WNYC Studios
1M ago
We're thrilled to present a piece from one of our favorite podcasts, Love + Radio (Nick van der Kolk and Brendan Baker).  Producer Briana Breen brings us the story: Diane’s new neighbors across the way never shut their curtains, and that was the beginning of an intimate, but very one-sided relationship. Please listen to as much of Love + Radio as you can (loveandradio.org). And, if you are in Seattle Area, or plan to be on Feb 15th, 2024 come check out Radiolab Live! and in person (https://zpr.io/fCDUTEYju76h).  Our newsletter comes out every Wednesday. It includes short essays, reco ..read more
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Our Little Stupid Bodies
Radiolab
by WNYC Studios
1M ago
Sometimes a seemingly silly question gets stuck in your craw and you can’t shake the feeling that something big lies behind it. We are constantly collecting these kinds of questions from our listeners, not to mention piling up a storehouse of our own “stupid” questions, as we lovingly call them. And a little while back, we noticed a little cluster of questions that seemed to have a shared edgy energy, and all led us to the same place: Our own bodies. So, today on Radiolab, we go down our throats and get under our skin, we take on evolution and anatomy and molecular cosmetics, to discover some ..read more
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Stochasticity
Radiolab
by WNYC Studios
1M ago
First aired way back in 2009, this episode is all about a wonderfully slippery and smarty-pants word for randomness, Stochasticity, and how it may be at the very foundation of our lives. Along the way, we talk to a woman suddenly consumed by a frenzied gambling addiction, hear from two friends whose meeting seems to defy pure chance, and take a close look at some very noisy bacteria. EPISODE CITATIONS: Videos - Stochasticity Music Video (https://zpr.io/uZiH9j9ZU6be) Our newsletter comes out every Wednesday. It includes short essays, recommendations, and details about other ways to interact wit ..read more
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