Radiolab on WUOT-2

Saturdays from 2-3 p.m.

Radiolab is an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds, and stories. In each episode, Radiolab experiments with sound and style allowing science to fuse with culture, and information to sound like music.

Hosted by Jad Abumrad with co-host Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is designed for listeners who demand skepticism but appreciate wonder; who are curious about the world, but also want to be moved and surprised. Radiolab won a Peabody Award in 2011.

April 2015 programs:

4/4/2015  Animal Minds - In this hour of Radiolab, stories of cross-species communication. When we gaze into the eyes of a wild animal, or even a beloved pet, can we ever really know what they might be thinking? Is it naive to assume they're experiencing something close to human emotions? Or is it ridiculous to assume that they AREN'T feeling something like that? We get the story of a rescued whale that may have found a way to say thanks, ask whether dogs feel guilt, and wonder if a successful predator may have fallen in love with a photographer.

4/11/2015  Are You Sure? - How do we know what we know? What makes us certain of reality? In this hour of Radiolab, we take a look at how doubt and certainty  work in the brain and even ask questions about the existence of God. We go on a bicycle trip across America with Lulu Miller who meets a geologist biking out his doubts.

4/18/2015  Colors - To what extent is color a physical thing in the physical world, and to what extent is it created in our minds? We start with Sir Isaac Newton. Then, we meet a sea creature that sees a rainbow way beyond anything humans can experience, and we track down a woman who we're pretty sure can see thousands more colors than the rest of us. And we end with an age-old question: why is the sky blue?

4/25/2015  Placebo - With new research demonstrating the startling power of the placebo effect, this hour of Radiolab examines the chemical consequences of belief and imagination. Could the best medicine be no medicine at all? We take stock of the pharmacy in our brains, consider the symbolic power of the doctor coat, and visit the tent of a self-proclaimed faith healer.


March 2015 programs:

3/7/2015  Famous Tumors
On the next Radiolab: famous tumors. Say hello to the growth that killed Ulysses S. Grant, and get to know the woman whose cancer cells changed modern medicine. The good, bad… and ugly side of anatomical aberrations.

3/14/2015  Diagnosis
What's in a name? Radiolab examines diagnosis—our attempt to find out what's wrong, and give it a label. From the distant past through today, Radiolab learns how people get to the root of a problem, and how they react when they get there.

3/21/2015  Power of Music
On the next Radiolab: the physical and psychological power of music... from a disco hit that takes CPR classes by storm, to a string quartet pushed to the brink by Beethoven’s need for speed.

3/28/2015  3 Questions
This hour of Radiolab, three questions lead us down three very different roads.  Starting at a New York City waste water treatment plant, we follow our curiosity to the plains of eastern Colorado, the highlands of western Kenya, and deep into the psyche of the 1960s.