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The Brian Lehrer Show

Network Politics; Albany Surprises; Short Science

Monday, August 19, 2013

The RNC has voted to ban two networks from the 2016 primary debates. Ben Smith of Buzzfeed explains the dustup over two planned projects about Hillary Clinton. Plus: Bill Mahoney of NYPIRG talks about the surprises that were in bills Albany lawmakers passed this session. Then, a quick round-up of recent scientific developments including a new study showing there’s no such thing as right-brain and left-brain behavior, and a debate among physicists about what happens to you if you’re in a black hole.

→ Programming Note: Join Brian and NY1s Errol Louis for a Reddit "AMA" Tuesday at 2pm. Check this page for link Tuesday.

The Takeaway

New Black Hole Theory Could Overthrow Einstein's Theory of Gravity

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Joseph Polchinski is part of a four-man team that’s rethinking our ideas about black holes. In the process, he and his team might overthrow Einstein’s theory of relativity. It might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but in fact, Polchinski's work is shaking up the physics world, and raising new questions about how the universe began. 

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Radiolab

The Trouble with Everything

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The desire to trace your way back to the very beginning, to understand everything -- whether it's the mysteries of love or the mechanics of the universe -- is deeply human. It might also be deeply flawed.

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On Being

S. James Gates — Uncovering the Codes for Reality [remix]

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Are we in the matrix? Physicist James Gates reveals why string theory stretches our imaginations about the nature of reality. Also, how failure makes us more complete, and imagination makes us more knowledgeable.

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On Being

[Unedited] S. James Gates Jr. and Krista Tippett

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Are we in the matrix? Physicist James Gates reveals why string theory stretches our imaginations about the nature of reality. Also, how failure makes us more complete, and imagination makes us more knowledgeable.

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The Takeaway

Have Scientists Finally Found Dark Matter?

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Dark matter makes up more than 80 percent of the matter in the universe. But up until now, it’s eluded scientists. Yesterday, however, NASA announced a possible breakthrough. A particle detector mounted on the International Space Station may have detected dark matter. Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku explains.

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The Takeaway

New Photos Capture 'Oldest Light' in the Universe

Thursday, March 21, 2013

New photos from the European Space Agency’s Planck surveyor of the "oldest light" in the universe could significantly change our understanding of the origins of the universe. Brian Greene, theoretical physicist and string theorist at Columbia University, explains what scientists hope to learn from these images.

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Radiolab

Flying Plates Learn To Catch Flying Poles In Switzerland

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Normally a plate can't get a job at the circus. It's just a plate. But here's a plate that can swoop through the air, catch a flying pole, and balance it upright, midair! In other words, a circus-worthy plate. Artificial Intelligence is the science of making dumb things do smart-looking stuff.

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The Takeaway

Our 'Unstable' Universe Could Be Wiped Out by a New One

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dr. Joseph Lykken of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory posits that "vacuum instability," that a universe will blow up like a bubble in our universe and sweep across it, consuming everything in its wake. It's pretty serious stuff, but the notion still relies on some far out cosmological theories.

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Radiolab

Behind the Scenes: Master of the Universe

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

SPOILER ALERT: if you haven’t listened to our Speed show yet, go do that right now, before you read any further. Then, take a look at some mind-bending behind-the-scenes images from the physicist in our "Master of the Universe" story.

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Radiolab

Master of the Universe

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

As faster and faster technology schools us with its super speed, we’re left looking for something, anything, we can beat. Enter Lene Vestergaard Hau, who has found a way to harness the one thing we all thought -- by its very nature -- was unbeatable.

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Radiolab

Speed

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The inhumanly fast world of high-speed trading, an excruciatingly slow experiment, and a physicist plays Zeus.

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Radiolab

Irresistible Meets Unstoppable. Who Wins?

Monday, February 04, 2013

NPR

I know you've wondered: What would happen if an irresistible object is launched at an immovable object? Who wins? What happens? Well, here's the answer. It's not what you'd expect.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bubbles

Friday, January 04, 2013

On today’s show: we’ll look at how some of the principles of physics could be applied to Wall Street and how some physicists are already changing our financial institutions. Also, filmmaker Michael Apted talks about the latest installment of his 7 Up series, which checks in on the lives of a group of men and women every 7 years. And, Rob Rapley and Neal Huff discuss their documentary “The Abolitionists.” Plus, our latest Please Explain is about helium!

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Physics of Wall Street.

Friday, January 04, 2013

James Weatherall talks about why many of the mathematicians and software engineers on Wall Street failed when their abstractions turned ugly in practice, and looks at a special breed of physicists with a deep history of revolutionizing finance. He shows how physicists successfully brought their science to bear on some of the thorniest problems in economics, from options pricing to bubbles in The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Existential Detective Story

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Jim Holt, essayist, critic, and author of Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, discusses his new book, which investigates the age-old mystery of why is there something rather nothing.

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Radiolab

Solid as a Rock

Monday, December 31, 2012

Is reality an ethereal, mathematical poem... or is it made up of solid, physical stuff? In this short, we kick rocks, slap tables, and argue about the nature of the universe with Jim Holt.

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Radiolab

Snowflake Science

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Snowflakes 101 -- inspired by the snowflake story in Radiolab's new episode Bliss, a little backstory on how snowflakes form. Plus lots of sparkly pictures.

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The Takeaway

CERN Researchers Make Zombie Flick to Appeal to the Masses

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Physics researchers at CERN have somehow managed to set aside time to explain physics to the rest of us in a new self-produced horror flick called "Decay." Burton DeWilde is a former doctoral student conducting research at CERN, and the co-producer, director of photography, and editor of "Decay."

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Radiolab

Crystal Bliss

Monday, December 17, 2012

You know those stunningly symmetrical, glittery snowflakes you see everywhere at a certain time of year -- hanging from streetlights, stitched on sweaters, and sprinkled all over tv? Those perfectly-etched pictures are all a big lie. Latif Nasser explains how it all began in a cold, snowy ...

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