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.

May 13 – Placebo
Could the best medicine be no medicine at all? Radiolab examines the chemical consequences
of belief and imagination by taking stock of the pharmacy in our brains, considering the symbolic
power of the doctor coat, and visiting the tent of a self-proclaimed faith healer.

May 20 - Blame
We've all felt it, that irresistible urge to point the finger. But new technologies are complicating
age-old moral conundrums about accountability. This hour, we ask what blame does for us —
why do we need it, when isn't it enough, and what happens when we try to push past it with
forgiveness and mercy?

May 27 – Ghost Stories
One man finds a way to put the beatdown on his personal bogey man, a dead monk spurs a king
to build a perfect prayer machine, an unknown face launches a thousand dummies (actually, a
whole lot more than that), and a skeptic goes on a one-way journey to find out whether spirits

June 3 – Plant Parade

Do you really need a brain to sense the world around you? To remember? Jad and Robert, they are split on this one. Robert drags Jad along on a parade for the surprising feats of brainless plants, including trees who work together to grow. Along with a home-inspection duo, a science writer, and some enterprising scientists at Princeton University, we dig into the work of evolutionary ecologist Monica Gagliano, who turns our brain-centered worldview on its head through a series of clever experiments that show plants doing things we never would've imagined. Can Robert get Jad to join the march?

June 10 – Laughter
We all laugh. But it turns out humor has very little to do with it. This hour of Radiolab, we ask what makes us laugh. And along the way, we tickle some rats, listen in on a baby's first giggle, and travel to Tanzania to investigate an outbreak of contagious laughter.

June 17 – Diagnosis
What's in a name? In this hour, Radiolab examines diagnosis in an 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.

June 24 - Things
Important things, little things, personal things, things you can hold, and things that can take hold of you. This hour: investigations of the objects around us, their power to move us, and whether it's better to look back or move on, hold on tight, or just let go.

July 1 - New Show (TBA)