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WNYC News

Sandy Dispatch: Undeterred by Long Lines, A Family Waits to Help Loved Ones Who Lost

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Nelida and Angel Veledo have waited at a Hess station in Gowanus, Brooklyn, every morning since Sandy walloped the region. On some days, that can mean waiting in line more than four hours.

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Radiolab

Blanc photos

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Mel Blanc was "the man of 1,000 voices" (Bugs Bunny, Tweety, & tons more). Sean Cole snapped some photos of Mel's mountain home in Big Bear Lake, where he interviewed Mel's son Noel.
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WNYC News

Watch | Hundreds of Trees Lost to Sandy in Prospect Park

Monday, November 05, 2012

Many New York City parks reopened to the public this weekend, but for some, a long road of cleanup and restoration still lies ahead. In Brooklyn's Prospect Park, damage from Hurricane Sandy is massive — the worst sustained by the park in at least 25 years.

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WNYC News

Area Hospitals Lean On One Another in Storm's Aftermath

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

After days operating on a backup generator, Bellevue Hospital is "pulling the plug," according to one official. About 500 patients, including about 50 prisoners from city jails, are being evacuated.

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Radiolab

A Glimpse of Neverland

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lulu muses on fairy tales and foxes, and the reassuring idea that of all the uncertain things in the universe, one certainty is change.

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Radiolab

Brain Fodder Vol. 3

Monday, October 15, 2012

On the brains of Radiolabbers this week: pillow lava, pale ale, and an intense soundtrack.

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Radiolab

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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Radiolab

I Would Love on You

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Lulu Miller shares a short documentary called “The Love Competition” by filmmaker Brent Hoff, in which contestants face off against one another in fMRI machines...to try to measure who can love the hardest. Take a look.

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Radiolab

Murmuration

Monday, September 17, 2012

Inspired by our Emergence episode, Lulu Miller shares a poem and a video that capture that jolt of awe you feel when nature overwhelms you.

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Soundcheck

Tough Critics On Regina Spektor

Monday, September 17, 2012

This year, idiosyncratic singer-songwriter and pianist Regina Spektor released her sixth solo album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, to high praise. But that was before our Tough Critics got their hands on it. Today, Elisabeth, Will and Onaje -- three fifth graders from the Little Red School House in Greenwich Village -- pick apart Spektor's song "All The Rowboats."

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Radiolab

What a Slinky Knows

Monday, September 10, 2012

"Hey kids," said physicist Tadashi Tokieda, "Wanna see a magic trick?" He pulled out a Slinky and did something that amazed the kids, & their dad Steve Strogatz. Steve, along with Neil deGrasse Tyson, explains what the gravity-defying Slinky trick reveals about the nature of all things great and small (including us).

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Soundcheck

Tough Critics On Dirty Projectors

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tough Critics is our new video series starring Elisabeth, Onaje and Will -- three fifth-graders from the Little Red School House in Greenwich Village. In each episode, the trio of burgeoning music critics takes on a new release -- and they don't pull any punches. On the chopping block today, "Unto Caesar," by the Brooklyn-based band Dirty Projectors.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: "There Are Some Broke Down People Out There" Edition

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the TLC show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo", the Mike Birbiglia / This American Life film "Sleepwalk with Me", and the phenomenon of viral video marriage proposals.

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Radiolab

We had a blast in Seattle

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us in Seattle! We're headed to the Midwest next -- get your tickets now for our September shows in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison. And if you've got 45 seconds and like dancers and flying fish...check this out.

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Transportation Nation

Watch Stunning Video of Curiosity Rover Falling onto Mars

Friday, August 24, 2012


The NASA Mars rover mission continues to churn out drama made for TV. It has already delivered seven minutes of terror with the landing, propelled the mohawked geek dreamboy Bobak Ferdowsi to the pinnacle of fame, (the Not My Job quiz on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me) and it could reignite interest in the space program.

If that happens, it will be because of the images. We loved to watch the blue-shirted scientists leaping with joy trading charmingly awkward high-fives after the successful landing, but now we're wowed by high definition video of Mars itself.

Here are two videos of the descent of Curiosity onto the surface of the Mars. Watch them all the way through. In the one above, you can see what look like clouds around 40 seconds in as the rover lands in a crater on Mars. Turn on HD and make it full screen for the full effect. It's like parachuting onto the red planet through your screen.

The second video keeps the heat shield in the frame so it's a bit less shaky and feels a more like NASA dropped a frisbee into a pile of orange sand from a jet plane.

 

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Radiolab

Dancing on the Radio

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

We love working with Pilobolus for our live show In the Dark--they're a brain-bending dance troupe that makes for a rockstar team of collaborators. We first discovered them when we stumbled across an interactive music video they did with OK Go -- it's called "All Is Not Lost," and it's crazy fun.

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Radiolab

Video: Hallelujah Mantis Shrimp

Monday, July 30, 2012

How do you put a rainbow on the radio? You call on a choral SWAT team to turn the spectrum into a wall of sound (and pay tribute to a sea creature that sees way beyond anything humans can perceive). Watch Jad in action conducting a choir for our Colors show.

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Transportation Nation

Ask the US DOT Secretary Your Transpo Questions!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is inviting questions from TN readers. Want to know how the nation's transportation priorities are shifting? Wondering about the future of high-speed rail? Or how he decides where to spend the DOT's $70 billion budget? Or do you just want to know if he really does honk at drivers he sees texting behind the wheel?

For the next episode of his Q&A video series called “On the Go," Secretary LaHood is inviting questions from Transportation Nation readers. To ask him a question, you can:

Post questions on the Secretary’s Facebook page

Tweet using the #q4ray hashtag

Leave a comment on the Secretary’s blog, or

Leave a comment on this page

He will choose three or four to respond to. Let him know we sent you – write ‘TN’ at the end of your question.  We’ll post his video when it’s available.

Want to see what "On the Go" is like? Watch Secretary LaHood field questions from TN readers in 2011!

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Transportation Nation

California High Speed Rail Aiming to Take Its Message Viral

Thursday, June 21, 2012

California High Speed Rail, under fire from some GOP members of Congress, is jumping into the communications game. The organization today released a video highlighting all the benefits CASHR says it will bring to California.  Not much news in it -- just a repetition of the themes that California high speed rail will help out other modes, and won't be quite as expensive as the nearly $100 billion that was on the table for a bit.

"It's just another to communicate our message with the people of California," spokeswoman Lisa Murie Burcar told TN. "We thought we'd have it go viral."

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WNYC News

On the Brink | The New Face of Poverty: Meet Peter

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

In our new series On the Brink: The New Face of Poverty, meet Peter Riquelme, an unemployed single man who is facing bankruptcy and possible homelessness as he, like many Americans, grapples with supporting himself after working for years with nothing to show for it.

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