Radio Lab

Sundays at 10 a.m.
  • Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich

Each hour we take a big idea, so big that it lives everywhere, hiding in a thousand places under different names, and we chase that idea, going wherever whim takes us. Along the way, hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich interview, argue, imagine, and discover the hidden connections which make this idea so surprisingly powerful. And the sounds you hear are as new and startling as the ideas we explore. It's Technicolor radio. Radio Lab is produced by WNYC, New York and distributed by National Public Radio.

January 7: Emergence

What happens when there is no leader? Starlings, bees, and ants manage just fine. In fact, they form staggeringly complicated societies--all without a Toscanini to conduct them into harmony. This hour of Radiolab, we ask how this happens.We gaze down at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our very own brains with fire-flyologists, ant experts, neurologists, a mathematician, and an economist.

January 14: Match Made in Marrow

You never know what might happen when you sign up to donate bone marrow. You might save a life… or you might be magically transported across a cultural chasm and find yourself starring in a modern adaptation of the greatest story ever told.

January 21: Birthstory

You know the drill - all it takes is one sperm, one egg, and blammo - you got yourself a baby. Right? Well, in this episode, conception takes on a new form - it’s the sperm and the egg, plus: two wombs, four countries, and money. Lots of money.

January 28: Playing God

When people are dying and you can only save some, how do you choose? Maybe you save the youngest. Or the sickest. Maybe you even just put all the names in a hat and pick at random. Would your answer change if a sick person was standing right in front of you? This hour we ask what happens, or what should happen, when humans are forced to play god.

February 4: Speed

We live our lives at human speed -- we experience and interact with the world on a human time scale. But this hour, we put ourselves through the paces, peek inside a microsecond, and master the fastest thing in the universe. We 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.

February 11: Big Little Questions

Here at Radiolab, we get a lot of questions.Tiny questions, big questions, short questions, long questions. Weird questions. Poop questions. We get them all. Today, we answer some of those questions.