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RadioLab – Best. Radio Show. Ever. December 26, 2006

Posted by Unreasonable in Matters Auditory.

RadioLab is a science documentary series, but it won’t put you to sleep. This is utterly captivating stuff.

On RadioLab, science bumps into culture… information sounds like music.

The subjects are great. For example, the “Where Am I” episode explores:

  • Why amputees feel missing limbs, and how to fix it using mirrors to trick the brain.
  • Radio Lab LogoThe story of a man who lost control of his body (although he’s apparently not physically paralyzed). He relearned how to use each limb by looking at it and consciously thinking about moving it. His sight has become a critical link to his muscles. If the lights go out or he sees a pretty girl, he loses control and falls down, paralyzed.
  • Experiments that used a centrifuge to successfully create out-of-body experiences and visions of the white tunnel reported by people who have had near death experiences.

They present the science using a fascinating and often funny mix of intertwined voices and sounds which would be worth listening to even if the information were not.

Every episode is available on-line. The only bad thing to say is that it’s a limited edition program. Trust me on this. Listen to one. Use headphones.

:: Radio Lab at WNYC

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