Ellen Horne

Executive Producer, Radiolab

Ellen Horne is the Executive Producer of Radiolab, WNYC's Peabody Award-winning program that examines big questions in science, philosophy and the human experience through compelling storytelling.  In 2003, Horne joined forces with Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad to build Radiolab into a thriving radio program.  Today, Radiolab is one of public radio's most popular shows.  Its podcasts are downloaded over 4 million times each month and the program is carried on 437 stations across the nation.

As Executive Producer, Horne is responsible for setting Radiolab's overall business strategy, overseeing the brand and the show's production.  Building on the show's podcasting success, Horne implemented a broadcast distribution strategy to bring Radiolab into homes nationwide on terrestrial radio.  She also launched and produces the live Radiolab shows that tour cities throughout the U.S. For Radiolab, she has produced and reported a diverse range stories, from a folk singers battle with her own voice to a 1962 medical mystery from the shores of Lake Victoria in Tanzania.

At WNYC, Horne has worked on The Brian Lehrer Show and On The Media, and helped to launch as audio programs: Freakonomics Radio, the TED podcast and the Intelligence Squared U.S. live debate series. Before coming to New York, she was a freelance reporter for a variety of public radio stations and programs.  Prior to pursuing a career in radio, Horne served as the Development Director at the Coral Reef Alliance, where she developed and managed the membership program and educational initiatives.

Horne earned her Bachelor's degree in Theater and Theology from Cornell College, Iowa. 


Ellen Horne appears in the following:

Ad Men Talk 'Badvertising'

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sally's back! A grown-up Glen gets weird with Betty! And Don's apartment reeks of failure. 

Meeting the Real Sally Draper

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Megan got her divorce, Don got dumped by the diner waitress and Harry Crane's true pervy nature was revealed. But whither Sally Draper? We miss that kid. 

Mad Men Goes to Therapy

Thursday, April 09, 2015

While the characters on this show might be "OK," they're never actually ok. Why not?

Welcome Back to the '60s

Friday, April 03, 2015

In this kickoff episode of our new Mad Men podcast, we’re going deep into the past seven years. Where are we going? Where have we been? All will be revealed.

Musical Translations

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How Radiolab took 7 classic songs and transposed them, then translated them into 7 foreign languages. 
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When Sleep is a Battleground

Friday, March 15, 2013

When producer Hannah Palin recorded her infant sleep journal for our Sleep episode, I wasn’t yet a parent. I listened to it, and while I felt sympathy for her predicament, it didn’t raise any kind of anguished emotional response. But now, I feel sick to my stomach when ...

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Diagnosis Hangout Party

Thursday, October 11, 2012

This weekend, our episode Diagnosis airs on public radio stations across the country. Get fired up with our studio party experiment -- we hosted a quick Google Hangout On Air with a crew of Radiolab producers and a special guest from the episode.

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Watch our Hangout: Ring in the Mars Rover

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to watch our first-ever Google Hangout. We had a blast!

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A Brain Thinking about Itself Thinking

Friday, March 09, 2012

Inspired by Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow, Ellen Horne puts her mind to the task of explaining the two (sometimes in sync, sometimes at odds) operating systems that our brains use to solve problems. Try out your own systems here.

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Seeing Double

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

After our deep dive into Symmetry for our episode on cosmic mirroring, now when we see things in pairs, we always look twice. This video for a sugar-sweet pop song reminds us of the eye-catching delights symmetry can create.

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Product Safety Announcement

Thursday, February 18, 2010

We received an email today that we'd like to share in the hopes that it can help others.

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Radiolab on Morning Edition

Friday, January 22, 2010

Every once in a while, Radiolab has been waking up early and dropping by NPR's Morning Edition. This Tuesday, January 26th, Jad and Robert are going to be on the air talking about memory, the magic number seven, and a little experiment we like to call "Fruit or Cake" that we learned about from Baba Shiv and featured in our Choice episode.

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Season 7 Preview

Friday, January 15, 2010

In this next season of Radiolab there are more great stories, more vivid moments, more surprising new ideas. Here's just a small sample: ANIMAL MINDS An underwater photographer comes face to face with a vicious, dangerous, enormous underwater creature and falls deeply in love with her.
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Jaron Lanier Wonders about New Music, the Internet and Octopusses with Robert Krulwich

Monday, January 04, 2010

“Where is the new music?” asks Jaron Lanier, composer, musician, computer scientist, “virtual reality” pioneer . “I have been trying an experiment,” he says. “Whenever I’m around Facebook generation people and there’s music playing, I ask them a simple question: Can you tell in what decade the music that is playing right now was made?”

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Your opinion, please!

Friday, December 04, 2009

When some artists came together to support Radiolab by creating a limited edition of prints, we were blown away by the creativity of their images. Have a look at the images here and pick your favorite. We'll put the fan favorite on a tote bag (or maybe a t-shirt).

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What to get the Radiolab fanatic who has every podcast.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

A group of artists (Frank Chimero, Nicholas Felton, Meg Hunt, Impactist and ringleader Jez Burrows) inspired by Radiolab have created a limited edition set of prints to benefit Radiolab. They are gorgeous. We are touched. We are inspired right back. For Americans who want to buy a set for Christmas, Jez Burrows needs your order by Dec. 7th. (They ship from Scotland, so Europeans get a little more time.) New update: they are now sold out!

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Math Lovers

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Steve Strogatz, Radiolab's favorite mathematician, not only loves math but he thinks about love in terms of math. We recommend that you check out his most amusing New York Times essay.

In all cases, the business of theoretical physics boils down to finding the right differential equations and ...

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The Surreal Strangeness of Reproduction

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Isabella Rosellini strikes again. We've mentioned this series before, but now it's back with the next installment of bizarre and beautiful videos.

The 'Why Vagina' video touches on something we've also explored on Radiolab.

On a personal note, I grew up with ducks as pets. ...

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The Mysteriously Miraculous Coincidence

Monday, February 09, 2009

Do you a story of a coincidence too crazy to be believed? We're looking for that chance story that leaves your mouth agape. The story of the time you took the wrong (identical) luggage from baggage claim only to find a business card inside with your same name on it! ...

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Turning wild ideas into new energy technologies

Friday, February 06, 2009

Before every new technology there comes the moment of invention. Before there was ethanol, someone had to look at biomass and say, "There's energy in them thar leaves." For the last day of our Power Trip energy series, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla joins The Takeaway from the TED conference in Long Beach, California. Khosla, whose company risks millions of dollars every year to fund upstart energy technologies, ruminates on creating billion dollar industries out of wild ideas.

Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and philanthropist, addressed the crowd at this year's TED conference with his thoughts on saving the world with a new kind of philanthropy. It's long, but funny. Really.

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