A new season of Radiolab is coming up for the next three weeks on VPR’s Saturday Special, and it promises what listeners have come to expect from these hour-long explorations into our world and our brains. You'll hear great storytelling and creative use of sound--and of course hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich! Here’s a preview of what’s to come, Saturday’s at 4 o’clock.
Oops (September 25th)
You come up with a great idea. You devise a plan. You control for every imaginable variable. And once everything is in place, the train hops your carefully laid tracks. In this hour of Radiolab, unintended consequences abound: from a psychologist whose zeal to safeguard national security may have created a terrorist...to a community whose efforts to protect an endangered bird had deadly consequences.
Words (October 2nd)
It's almost impossible to imagine a world without words. What would life be like without language? Radiolab asks a neurologist what happened when a stroke wiped out her words, and talks to a woman who taught a 27-year-old man sign language...and the first words of his life.
Falling (October 9th)
There are so many ways to fall: in love, asleep...even flat on your face. Radiolab plunges into a black hole, takes a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel, and debunks some myths about falling cats along the way.
We'd love to hear your comments, questions, and suggestions for the VPR Saturday Special and we hope you enjoy the programs!