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Created by: WNYC Studios

USA 6-1011+

Started: March 24th, 2020

Status: Active, 28 episodes

Kind: Episodic

Language: English

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Special Announcement
00:01:41 | Season: 2 | Episode: 8 | May 9th, 2024

The Terrestrials team is delighted to announce we’re coming back to the Radiolab for Kids feed! We’ve been traveling the globe in search of the strangeness right here on Earth. And we’ll be sharing a whole new batch of stories – and songs – in September.

Forests on Forests
00:21:50 | Season: 1 | Episode: 27 | June 29th, 2022

Hey Radiolab for Kids listeners! We’re back after a long hiatus with one of our favorite episodes from earlier this year. And a surprise… 

00:31:42 | Season: 1 | Episode: 26 | May 15th, 2020

In 2007, Bruce Robison’s robot submarine stumbled across an octopus settling in to brood her eggs. It seemed like a small moment. But as he went back to visit her, month after month, what began as a simple act of motherhood became a heroic feat that has never been equaled by any known species on Earth.

Behaves So Strangely
00:18:55 | Season: 1 | Episode: 25 | March 27th, 2020

We’ll kick off the chase with Diana Deutsch, a professor specializing in the Psychology of Music, who could extract song out even the most monotonous of drones. (Think Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller. Bueller.)For those of us who have trouble staying in tune when we sing, Deutsch has some exciting news. The problem might not be your ears, but your language. She tells us about tone languages, such as Mandarin and Vietnamese, which rely on pitch to convey the meaning of a word. Turns out speakers of tone languages are exponentially more inclined to have absolute (AKA ‘perfect’) pitch. And, nope, English isn’t one of them. What is perfect pitch anyway? And who cares? Deutsch, along with Jad and Robert, will duke it out over the merits of perfect pitch. A sign of genius, a nuisance, or an evolutionary superpower? You decide. (We can’t).

Never Quite Now
00:20:13 | Season: 1 | Episode: 24 | March 27th, 2020

We kick things off with one of the longest-running experiments in the world. As Joshua Foer explains, the Pitch Drop Experiment is so slow, you can watch it for hours (check out the live cam) and not detect the slightest movement. But that doesn’t mean nothing’s happening. Professor John Mainstone tells us about his desperate attempts to catch the flashes of action hiding inside this decades-long experiment.

The Distance of the Moon
00:39:14 | Season: 1 | Episode: 23 | March 27th, 2020

According to one theory, the moon formed when a Mars-sized chunk of rock collided with Earth. After the moon coalesced out of the debris from that impact, it was much closer to Earth than it is today. This idea is taken to it’s fanciful limit in Italo Calvino’s story “The Distance of the Moon” (from his collection Cosmicomics, translated by William Weaver). The story, narrated by a character with the impossible-to-pronounce name Qfwfq, tells of a strange crew who jump between Earth and moon, and sometimes hover in the nether reaches of gravity between the two.

Dark Side of the Earth
00:19:41 | Season: 1 | Episode: 22 | March 27th, 2020

Back in 2012, when we were putting together our live show In the Dark, Jad and Robert called up Dave Wolf to ask him if he had any stories about darkness. And boy, did he. Dave told us two stories that became the finale of our show.

Poop Train
00:21:35 | Season: 1 | Episode: 21 | March 27th, 2020

This all started back when we were working on our Guts show, and author Frederick Kaufman told us about getting sucked in to the mystery of what happens to poop in New York City. Robert and producer Pat Walters decided to take Fred’s advice and pay a visit to the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant… which turned out to be just the beginning of a surprisingly far-ranging quest.

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Created by: WNYC Studios
Started: March 24th, 2020
Status: Active, 28 episodes
Kind: Episodic
Language: English

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