Wednesday, January 16, 2008


What's this? Well, it's a radio show & is probably one of the best ones at that. It covers science, the topics are varied & interesting. It's produced by WNYC. The show is hosted by Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich. Although Krulwich joined Jad after it began. It'll begin it's fourth season in February & is absolutely one of my favorites.

It's on the radio, but I never catch it there. Thanks to iTunes & the wonder called podcasting, I listen to it on my iPod. I first heard it about a year ago when my friend recommended it to me & am hooked to it since. If you use iTunes (still not? It's free!), you can subscribe & download the podcast editions. You don't have to be in New York to catch this show if you have iTunes. I wonder if there's something similar in India?

It covers topics like, sleep, space, time, morality, stress etc. Although it's about science, it isn't one bit boring. On the contrary it the opposite. The presentation & the way the topics are discussed make it a fun experience. And in the process you learn something unusual, something amusing, something you didn't know about. The quality of this show amazing, right from the sound mixes, the structure, the format of the show, the light & entertaining nature of the hosts, the humorous way of presenting things, the explanations that are easy to understand. It isn't easy to describe the show. I'll paste something about it I found on the web -

"Radio Lab is an investigation. Each episode is a patchwork of people, sounds,
stories and experiences centered around One Big Idea. On Radio Lab, science
bumps into culture...information sounds like music."

And here's something from their website -

"Radio Lab is designed for listeners who demand skepticism but appreciate
wonder, who are curious about the world but who also want to be moved and

This is one of the ways to use you iPod. It's not all about music. Folks who take a train or a bus & ride for about an hour will find this a nice way to spend their journey. A highly recommended show, do check it.

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