The greatest mysteries all have a shadowy figure at the center -- someone who sets things in motion and holds the key to how the rest of the story unfolds. In epidemiology, this central character is known as Patient Zero -- the case at the heart of an outbreak. This hour, Radiolab hunts for Patient Zeroes from all over the map, from the origins of a blues legend to the history of the high five, to a race to halt the spread of a deadly disease.
So much of life is organized by cycles -- seasons, biological rhythms, even our ideas of consciousness. In this episode, Radiolab looks at some of the surprising ways that loops steer our lives, and asks what happens when we disturb them.
A good game -- whether it's a pro football playoff, or a family showdown on the kitchen table -- can make you feel, at least for a little while, like your whole life hangs in the balance. This hour of Radiolab, Jad and Robert wonder why we get so invested in something so trivial. What is it about games that make them feel so pivotal?
What can machines tell us about being human? This hour of Radiolab, Jad and Robert meet humans and robots who are trying to connect, and blur the line. We talk to the world's most advanced robot, meet a man who fell in love with a chatbot, and argue with the inventor of Furby over whether a toy can ever really be "alive."
Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch meets a debonair man at a cocktail party and dares to think he might be Mr. Right. Weary from many years as a performer in the legendary Blue Man Group, John Grady tells how a surprising audience member changed his perspective.
A boy's Bar Mitzvah becomes a family battle ground, three literary pilgrims search for the author Paul Bowles in Morocco, and a novelist decides that the only way to cure her writer's block is to block out the world. Hosted by George Dawes Green, founder of The Moth.
A family of amateur detectives crack a case; a librarian takes a dance class to spice things up; a father and son come to terms in Newark Airport; a grandson brings joy to a nursing home; and a woman releases her grief and lets her passion take over. Hosted by The Moth's Senior Producer, Jenifer Hixson.
Laura Albert, better known as J.T. LeRoy, details her side of what became a major literary scandal; a case of credit card fraud sets an amateur sleuth on a crime-solving caper; and a young man is drafted into the Vietnam War and trained to be a killer, but during his third tour of duty finds that compassion still lives in his heart. Hosted by The Moth’s Producing Director, Sarah Austin Jenness.
A special live edition of The Moth's collaboration with The World Science Festival. An astrophysicist discovers wild parallels in her research and romantic life; a surgeon details his involvement in one of the world's first-ever hand transplants; and a geneticist is called to testify in a murder case and lays the groundwork for DNA fingerprinting as forensic evidence. Hosted by Jay Allison.
Tune in to Radiolab's new season beginning May 4 at noon. The first episode, Talking to Machines examines what machines can tell us about being human. View all episodes here. For additional information, visit the Radiolab website.
Web extra: Radiolab host Jad Abumrad tells CNN's The Next List about the changing face of radio, dissects the show's unique storytelling methods, and how he felt when he was told he would be named a MacArthur "Genius".
Author James Swan wrote 101 Things I Hate About Your House, and he’s prepared to share. Join James, Company C and NHPR for a night of home design disaster prevention. With a keen sense of design and a strong sense of humor, Swan, interviewed by NHPR's Rebecca Lavoie, will explore the many comical design mistakes that we make in our homes. With quick tips on how to brighten up our space and warnings on what to avoid at all costs, h
About 200 people attended New Hampshire's first Immigrant Integration Conference held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester on Saturday April 14. The conference's goal was to highlight the positive benefits immigrants have on New Hampshire’s business and communities. It was also to share ideas on what works well for integrating new comers to the state. Below are a selection of photos from the conference. The full set will appear on NHPR's flickr channel.
Photos: Mary-Catherine Jones, you can view her workhere.