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60 Words

This hour we pull apart one sentence, written in the hours after September 11th, 2001, that has led to the longest war in U.S. history. We examine how just 60 words of legal language have blurred the line between war and peace.

65 MIN1 w ago
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60 Words

Man Against Horse

This is a story about your butt. It’s a story about how you got your butt, why you have your butt, and how your butt might be one of the most important and essential things for you being you, for being human. Today, reporters Heather Radke and Matt Kielty talk to two researchers who followed the butt from our ancient beginnings, through millions of years of evolution, and all the way to today, out to a valley in Arizona, where our butts are put to the ultimate test. This episode was reported by Heather Radke and Matt Kielty and was produced by Matt Kielty, Rachael Cusick and Simon Adler. Sound design and mixing by Jeremy Bloom. Fact-checking by Dorie Chevlen. Special thanks to Michelle Legro. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.

58 MIN3 w ago
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Man Against Horse

There and Back Again

Here's a simple question: When an animal disappears in the winter,where does it go? Oddly enough, this question completely stumped European scientists for thousands of years. And even today,the more we learn about the comings and goings of the animals, the deeper the mystery seems to get. We visita Bavarian farm with an 11 year old, follow warblers and wildebeests around the world, and get a totally new kind of view of the pulsing flow of animalsacross the globe. This episode was reported by Robert Krulwich and Jackson Roach and produced by Pat Walters, MattKielty, and Jackson Roach. Special thanks toAllison Shaw, David Barrie, Auriel Fournier, and Moritz Matschke. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate. And check out: The Truth about Animals by Lucy Cooke No Way Home: The Decline of the Great Animal Migrations by David Wilcove The migration video Jad and Robert watch in this episode!

45 MIN2019 DEC 18
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There and Back Again

Things

From a piece of the Wright brother's plane to a child’s sugar egg, today: Things! Important things, little things, personal things, things you can hold and things that can take hold of you. This hour, we investigate the objects around us, their power to move us, and whether it's better to look back or move on, hold on tight or just let go.

62 MIN2019 DEC 13
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Things

Breaking Bongo

Deep fake videos have the potential to make itimpossible to sortfact fromfiction. And some have arguedthat this blackhole of doubt will eventually send truth itself into a death spiral. But a series of recent events in the small African nation of Gabon suggest it's already happening. Today, we follow a ragtag group of freedom fighters as they troll Gabon’s president - Ali Bongo - from afar. Using tweets, videos and the uncertainty they can carry, these insurgents test the limits of using truth to create political change and, confusingly, force us to ask: Can fake news be used for good? This episode was reported and produced by Simon Adler. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.

65 MIN2019 NOV 27
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Breaking Bongo

Breaking News

Today, two new technological tricks that together could invade our mostdeeply held beliefsand rewrite the rules of credibility. Also,we release something terrible intothe world. Support Radiolab by becoming a member today atRadiolab.org/donate.

52 MIN2019 NOV 20
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Breaking News

Dolly Parton's America: Neon Moss

Today onRadiolab, we're bringing you the fourth episode of Jad's special series,Dolly Parton's America. In this episode, Jadgoes back up the mountain to visit Dolly’s actual Tennessee mountain home, where she tells stories about her first trips out of the holler. Back on the mountaintop, standing under the rainby the Little Pigeon River, the trip triggers memories of Jad’s first visit to his father's childhood home, and opens the gateway to dizzying stories of music and migration. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.

45 MIN2019 NOV 8
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Dolly Parton's America: Neon Moss

Songs that Cross Borders

Coming off our adventures with Square Dancing, and Jad's dive into the world ofDolly Parton, we look back at one our favorites.About a decade ago, we found out that American country music is surprisingpopular in places like Zimbabwe, Thailand, and South Africa. Aaron Fox, an anthropologist of music at Columbia University, tells usthat quite simply, country music tells a story that a lot of us get. Then, intrepid international reporterGregory Warner takes us along on one of hisvery first forays into another country, where he discovers an unexpected taste of home. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate. Aaron Foxes book:Real Country: Music And Language In Working-Class Culture Gregory Warner's podcast Rough Translation

28 MIN2019 OCT 30
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Songs that Cross Borders

Birdie in the Cage

People have been doing the square dance since before the Declaration of Independence. But does that mean it should be THE American folk dance? That question took us on a journey from Appalachian front porches, to dance classes across our nation, to the halls of Congress, and finally a Kansas City convention center. And along the way, we uncovered a secret history of square dancing that made us see how much of our national identity we could stuff into that square, and what it means for a dance to be of the people, by the people, and for the people. Special thanks to Jim Mayo, Claude Fowler, Paul Gifford, Jim Maczko, Jim Davis, Paul Moore, Jack Pladdys, Mary Jane Wegener, Kinsey Brooke and Connie Keener. This episode was reported by Tracie Hunte and produced by Annie McEwen, Tracie Hunte, and Matt Kielty. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate. Check out Phil Jamison's book,“Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance” Watchthis 1948 Lucky St...

45 MIN2019 OCT 23
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Birdie in the Cage

Radiolab Presents: Dolly Parton's America

Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad spent the last two years following around music legend Dolly Parton, and we're here to say you should tune in! In this episode of Radiolab, we showcase the first of Jad's special series,Dolly Parton's America. In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons. We begin with a simple question: How did the queen of the boob joke become a feminist icon? Helen Morales, author of “Pilgrimage to Dollywood,” gave us a stern directive – look at the lyrics!So we dive intoDolly’s discography, starting with the early period of what Dolly calls “sad ass songs” to find remarkably prescient words of female pain, slut-shaming, domestic violence, and women being locked away in asylums by cheating husbands. We explore how Dolly took the centuries-old tradition of the Appalachia...

60 MIN2019 OCT 16
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Radiolab Presents: Dolly Parton's America

Latest Episodes

60 Words

This hour we pull apart one sentence, written in the hours after September 11th, 2001, that has led to the longest war in U.S. history. We examine how just 60 words of legal language have blurred the line between war and peace.

65 MIN1 w ago
Comments
60 Words

Man Against Horse

This is a story about your butt. It’s a story about how you got your butt, why you have your butt, and how your butt might be one of the most important and essential things for you being you, for being human. Today, reporters Heather Radke and Matt Kielty talk to two researchers who followed the butt from our ancient beginnings, through millions of years of evolution, and all the way to today, out to a valley in Arizona, where our butts are put to the ultimate test. This episode was reported by Heather Radke and Matt Kielty and was produced by Matt Kielty, Rachael Cusick and Simon Adler. Sound design and mixing by Jeremy Bloom. Fact-checking by Dorie Chevlen. Special thanks to Michelle Legro. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.

58 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Man Against Horse

There and Back Again

Here's a simple question: When an animal disappears in the winter,where does it go? Oddly enough, this question completely stumped European scientists for thousands of years. And even today,the more we learn about the comings and goings of the animals, the deeper the mystery seems to get. We visita Bavarian farm with an 11 year old, follow warblers and wildebeests around the world, and get a totally new kind of view of the pulsing flow of animalsacross the globe. This episode was reported by Robert Krulwich and Jackson Roach and produced by Pat Walters, MattKielty, and Jackson Roach. Special thanks toAllison Shaw, David Barrie, Auriel Fournier, and Moritz Matschke. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate. And check out: The Truth about Animals by Lucy Cooke No Way Home: The Decline of the Great Animal Migrations by David Wilcove The migration video Jad and Robert watch in this episode!

45 MIN2019 DEC 18
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There and Back Again

Things

From a piece of the Wright brother's plane to a child’s sugar egg, today: Things! Important things, little things, personal things, things you can hold and things that can take hold of you. This hour, we investigate the objects around us, their power to move us, and whether it's better to look back or move on, hold on tight or just let go.

62 MIN2019 DEC 13
Comments
Things

Breaking Bongo

Deep fake videos have the potential to make itimpossible to sortfact fromfiction. And some have arguedthat this blackhole of doubt will eventually send truth itself into a death spiral. But a series of recent events in the small African nation of Gabon suggest it's already happening. Today, we follow a ragtag group of freedom fighters as they troll Gabon’s president - Ali Bongo - from afar. Using tweets, videos and the uncertainty they can carry, these insurgents test the limits of using truth to create political change and, confusingly, force us to ask: Can fake news be used for good? This episode was reported and produced by Simon Adler. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.

65 MIN2019 NOV 27
Comments
Breaking Bongo

Breaking News

Today, two new technological tricks that together could invade our mostdeeply held beliefsand rewrite the rules of credibility. Also,we release something terrible intothe world. Support Radiolab by becoming a member today atRadiolab.org/donate.

52 MIN2019 NOV 20
Comments
Breaking News

Dolly Parton's America: Neon Moss

Today onRadiolab, we're bringing you the fourth episode of Jad's special series,Dolly Parton's America. In this episode, Jadgoes back up the mountain to visit Dolly’s actual Tennessee mountain home, where she tells stories about her first trips out of the holler. Back on the mountaintop, standing under the rainby the Little Pigeon River, the trip triggers memories of Jad’s first visit to his father's childhood home, and opens the gateway to dizzying stories of music and migration. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.

45 MIN2019 NOV 8
Comments
Dolly Parton's America: Neon Moss

Songs that Cross Borders

Coming off our adventures with Square Dancing, and Jad's dive into the world ofDolly Parton, we look back at one our favorites.About a decade ago, we found out that American country music is surprisingpopular in places like Zimbabwe, Thailand, and South Africa. Aaron Fox, an anthropologist of music at Columbia University, tells usthat quite simply, country music tells a story that a lot of us get. Then, intrepid international reporterGregory Warner takes us along on one of hisvery first forays into another country, where he discovers an unexpected taste of home. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate. Aaron Foxes book:Real Country: Music And Language In Working-Class Culture Gregory Warner's podcast Rough Translation

28 MIN2019 OCT 30
Comments
Songs that Cross Borders

Birdie in the Cage

People have been doing the square dance since before the Declaration of Independence. But does that mean it should be THE American folk dance? That question took us on a journey from Appalachian front porches, to dance classes across our nation, to the halls of Congress, and finally a Kansas City convention center. And along the way, we uncovered a secret history of square dancing that made us see how much of our national identity we could stuff into that square, and what it means for a dance to be of the people, by the people, and for the people. Special thanks to Jim Mayo, Claude Fowler, Paul Gifford, Jim Maczko, Jim Davis, Paul Moore, Jack Pladdys, Mary Jane Wegener, Kinsey Brooke and Connie Keener. This episode was reported by Tracie Hunte and produced by Annie McEwen, Tracie Hunte, and Matt Kielty. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate. Check out Phil Jamison's book,“Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance” Watchthis 1948 Lucky St...

45 MIN2019 OCT 23
Comments
Birdie in the Cage

Radiolab Presents: Dolly Parton's America

Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad spent the last two years following around music legend Dolly Parton, and we're here to say you should tune in! In this episode of Radiolab, we showcase the first of Jad's special series,Dolly Parton's America. In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons. We begin with a simple question: How did the queen of the boob joke become a feminist icon? Helen Morales, author of “Pilgrimage to Dollywood,” gave us a stern directive – look at the lyrics!So we dive intoDolly’s discography, starting with the early period of what Dolly calls “sad ass songs” to find remarkably prescient words of female pain, slut-shaming, domestic violence, and women being locked away in asylums by cheating husbands. We explore how Dolly took the centuries-old tradition of the Appalachia...

60 MIN2019 OCT 16
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Radiolab Presents: Dolly Parton's America
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