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Thu September 3, 2009

Radio Lab

ON PUBLIC RADIO 89.5 HD1 – 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. Learn More

STOCHASTICITY
When "lighting strikes twice," is it fate or just chance? The desire to see patterns in randomness is a basic facet of human experience. Radiolab tries to make sense of the patterns we see, from the basketball lucky streak known as hot hand' to why a Parkinson's patient turned into a gambling addict.

AFTER LIFE
Inevitably, everything dies: humans, civilizations, even the universe. But then what? Radiolab stares down the very moment of passing, and then speculates about what may lay beyond. It's an hour of queries, investigation and dreams, after the mortal coil has been shuffled off. Actor Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) breathes life into a short story by neuroscientist David Eagleman.

PARASITES
Some creature, unbeknownst to you, living deep inside you has the ability to secretly control your behavior. The "puppeteer within" may sound like the plot to a horror film, but it's a lot more common than you might think. Radiolab uncovers a world full of parasites and examines claims that some may actually be good for you.

NEW NORMAL
Organisms change, and the result is evolution. This hour, Radiolab tells stories of adaptation...for foxes, a small town in Oregon, and one particular troop of baboons in the Western Serengeti...that may have you thinking differently about war, violence and human nature.

NUMBERS
Numbers. They're all around us, but are they really there? For those of us who are bad at math, here's a Radiolab that ponders if we could live in a world without numbers.

About the Hosts:

Jad Abumrad is the host and producer of Radiolab. Before Radiolab, Jad was an independent reporter, producer and documentary-maker for a variety of local and national programs. He was also a member of the team that launched The Next Big Thing. Jad has written music for films and studied music composition and creative writing at Oberlin College.

Robert Krulwich specializes in making complicated news about anything -- science, economics, politics -- easy to grasp through visual and dramatic analogies. After getting his start reporting on Watergate for the Pacifica network, Robert became an NPR correspondent. From 1978 -1985, if you were listening to NPR, you heard all about business and economics from Robert Krulwich. After that he moved to television, working for CBS, ABC and the PBS programs Frontline and NOVA. He is currently a science correspondent for NPR. Radiolab marked his return to the network.