If you love podcasts like I do, then surely you have listened to Radiolab. Radiolab is one of the very first podcasts that I fell in love with way back in 2010, when long train rides first became a part of my daily life. I've been a dedicated listener ever since.
Radiolab is a WNYC production that's won multiple Peabody awards, and it's hosted by the brilliant duo Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. Each episode focuses on some scientific or philosophical theme, like doubt or the elements or bliss, and they use original interviews along with some of the most gorgeous sound effects I've ever heard.
If you're looking for a place to start, here are a few of my favorites:
- The Rhino Hunter (Sept. 2015)
- Patient Zero (Updated Version, Nov. 2014)
- Shorts: The Skull (May 2014)
- Shorts: KILL 'EM ALL (March 2014)
- Apocalyptical (Dec. 2013)
- Shorts: Cut and Run (Nov. 2013)
- Shorts: Dark Side of the Earth (Oct. 2012)
For me, the episode that has stuck the hardest is Dark Side of the Earth, a twenty-minute short from three years ago. This episode was recorded live as a part of the show's "In the Dark" tour. It's an interview with astronaut Dave Wolf, who describes his first space walk outside of the Mir Space Station in an absolutely stunning and haunting (and somehow funny) way.
When to listen:
Radiolab is one of the only podcasts that gets my full attention. I never listen to it while out on walks with the pup -- too many distractions in sight. In a perfect world, I'd listen to Radiolab in bed, lights out, noise-cancelling headphones on, in absolute silence. It really deserves that sort of attention. But in reality, I most often listen to it on train rides home from meetings, when my work is behind me and my head is clear.
Where to listen:
You can listen to Radiolab for free on iTunes or any any other podcast platform, I'm sure. You can also stream all of the episodes on the Radiolab website, and new hour-long episodes play on NPR most Sunday afternoons.
Radiolab gets a perfect 10 from me. It's 100% worth a listen.
Do you agree? Do any of your favorite podcasts get a perfect score from you? If so, what are they? The world needs to know!