Lulu Miller

Lulu makes radio, pie, and stories in the hills of Charlottesville, VA. She first heard Radiolab when she was working as a woodworker's assistant in Brooklyn. And that changed everything. She thinks it is Miracle Gro for the mind and hopes to be making the stuff till she is blue in the hair. You can read and listen to her stories at

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Can You Psych Yourself Into Running A 4-Minute Mile?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

NPR's Lulu Miller tells the story of one runner who always believed he could break the four-minute mile. Then a terrible accident made him question if he would ever be the same runner.


Don't Fear the Vocal Fry

Monday, June 08, 2015

It's a thing. Or is it?

A Leap Forward In The Science Of Human Locomotion

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

If you have two legs, there are a variety of ways you can get around. Walking, running, leaping, hopping, skipping, prancing, powerwalking, heck, even grape-vining. The list goes on and on. But what is the most efficient?

Not the fastest, but the most efficient: requiring ...


Can A Computer Change The Essence Of Who You Are?

Friday, February 13, 2015

The latest episode of NPR's Invisibilia takes us online. Some people think interacting with these machines is changing us all — for better and worse.


Being With People Like You Offers Comfort Against Death's Chill

Friday, February 06, 2015

Iggy Ignatius bet that immigrants from India would long to live with other Indians in his Florida condos. He was right. Psychologists say intimations of mortality make us want to be with our own kind.


A Blind Woman Gains New Freedom, Click By Click By Click

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blind since birth, Julee-anne Bell learned to get by better on her own with echolocation, a method explored in this week's Invisibilia. But along the way, she found that independence came with costs.


Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

Friday, January 09, 2015

Martin Pistorius spent more than a decade unable to move or communicate, fearing he would be alone, trapped, forever. NPR's new show Invisibilia tells how his mind helped him create a new life.

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The Blind Woman Who Sees Rain, But Not Her Daughter's Smile

Monday, May 26, 2014

When Milena Channing was 29 years old she was blinded by a stroke. But the injury left her with connections from her eyes to the part of the brain that detects motion.


Contagious Aphrodisiac? Virus Makes Crickets Have More Sex

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Researchers have stumbled upon a virus that makes crickets horny before it kills them. Inducing your host to mate more is a great way for a virus to spread its own genes.


Lu vs. Soo

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lulu Miller, reporter at NPR and former Radiolab producer, tells us the story of how her entire world view flipped in one scary moment. It happened on a bike trip she took with her friend Soo. Lulu and Soo are, well … different. Lulu tends to be an optimist who ...

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What's Left When You're Right?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

From the stage to the cage, a series of showdowns that leave us wondering about the price of being right ... or coming from the left.

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Known Unknowns

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Stories of trying to chart the unknown, by measuring and making sense of things just beyond our grasp.

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The Risks and Rewards of Empathy

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sometimes being a good scientist requires putting aside your emotions. But what happens when objectivity isn't enough to make sense of a seemingly senseless act of violence? Lulu Miller introduces us to Jeff Lockwood, a professor at the University of Wyoming, who spent a part of his career studying a ...

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Letters Of Heartbreak Find Some Love In Verona, Italy

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Each year, the town of Verona, Italy — home of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet — receives thousands of letters of heartache and unrequited love addressed to the play's star-crossed heroine.

The tradition of sending letters to Juliet very likely goes back centuries. People started by leaving notes on a local ...


Rocked by Doubt

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In 2010, Lulu Miller was biking across the country, taking some time to clear her head for a new phase of life. And somewhere in Nevada, she ran into a guy named Jeff Viniard who was on a similar journey. They shared the road for two weeks, pedaling hundreds of ...

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Pies Will Cure Nothing

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lulu Miller's personal take on pies, in honor of Pi Day.

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The Love Secretary Always Writes Back

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lulu Miller's advice for taking the edge off that unrequited love this Valentine's? Send a letter to Verona, Italy, where an office of 20 volunteers replies to thousands of notes abou...
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Fin-Bump Across the Divide

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A strange moment between a diver and a dolphin, caught on video, went viral this month.

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Poop the Magic Gut Cure

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The stunning results of a new study have put fecal transplants in the limelight for the past few days. Lulu Miller explains the procedure, and puts out a call to rename it.

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Terrible Master

Monday, January 14, 2013

As we’re in the thick of the dark months, with seasonal affective disorder at the height of its power, I thought I’d use the blog to tuck in one of the most useful things I’ve heard in the last couple years. A quote. Just ten short words:

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