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Genes on the Move

Monday, April 07, 2008

Biology class is all about putting living things into categories, based on their differences. And creatures are different because they have different genes. But life wasn’t always like that. In this segment, Steve Strogatz, an applied mathematician at Cornell, tells us about a radical theory that says that way back ...

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(So-Called) Life

Monday, April 07, 2008

The uneasy marriage of biology and engineering raises big questions about the nature of life.

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War of the Worlds

Monday, March 24, 2008

Martians, mass media, and hysteria -- how War of the Worlds sparked panic in the 1930s, & fooled audiences again and again for decades.

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Deception

Monday, March 10, 2008

Lies, liars, and lie catchers. And the strange power of lying to yourself.

 

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Contagious Laughter

Monday, February 25, 2008

We travel across the ocean and back to the year 1962, to a girl's boarding school on the outskirts of a rural village in Tanganyika (now Tanzania), where an epidemic of contagious laughter broke out. Producer Ellen Horne investigates and her search for an explanation brings us back to the ...

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Musical Language

Monday, September 24, 2007

We explore the line between music and language, and turn to physics and biochemistry to ask how sound becomes feeling.

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Emergence

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

What happens when there is no leader? We look at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our brains.

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No Special Now

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

It's not only artists who rebel against time, many physicists too take issue with our standard notion of clock time. Some even deny time exists at all. Blame Einstein. We peer into Pandora's box of post-Einsteinian physics with Brian Greene, Michio Kaku and Lisa ...

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Memory and Forgetting

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Remembering is a tricky, unstable business. This hour: a look behind the curtain of how memories are made...and forgotten.

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Dead or Alive

Monday, June 04, 2007

Wanted: Meat. Preferably alive. That is, if you're a carnivore. But most carnivores in zoos find themselves being fed something more along the lines of a hamburger... or in zoo lingo "a meatsicle." And like in the movie "Supersize Me," the result of this diet is a bunch of overweight, ...

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Time

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The strange, subjective nature of time -- from a sped-up spin through childhood, to a really, really slowed-down Beethoven symphony. 

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Sleep

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Birds do it, bees do it...yet science still can't answer the basic question: why do we sleep?

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Placebo

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The healing powers of belief, from the symbolic power of the doctor coat, to the very real stash of opium in your brain.

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Who Am I?

Monday, May 07, 2007

The "mind" and "self" were formerly the domain of philosophers & priests. But this hour, neurologists lead the charge.

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Where Am I?

Friday, May 05, 2006

Radiolab examines the connection between your brain and your body -- and what happens when it breaks.

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Phantom Limbs

Friday, May 05, 2006

Warning: this section gets gorey. We'll start off with fatality, trauma, and bear attack. Neurologists Robert Sapolsky and Antonio Damasio weigh in on 19th century philosopher William James, and his theory of emotion (and of bears), which says “emotion is a slave to physiology.” ...

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