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A two-time Peabody Award-winner, Radiolab is an investigation told through sounds and stories, and centered around one big idea. In the Radiolab world, information sounds like music and science and culture collide. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the show is designed for listeners who demand skepticism, but appreciate wonder. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios

Customer Reviews

Simply brilliant.

I can't express enough my admiration for this fantastic radio show. It will amaze you, lift you, astonish you, make you cry and make you happy to be a member of the human race. This is radio at its absolute best. Thank you WNYC.

Past it's use by date

radio Lab used to be really good, up until a year ago.
It now covers more left leaning social issues rather than any real scientific bent.
The show is a shadow of it's formal self and is rather boring now.
The sister podcast "More Perfect" is following the same path.
There must have been a change of management I guess?
Or maybe that's where the money is, reporting on the same social issues we here time, after time, after time in the news

The gradual decline of Radiolab

I’ve listened to Radiolab for several years and have made many word of mouth recommendations. It was recommended to me as ‘fertiliser for the brain’ and it served that purpose.

Now, however, it feels more political. It’s becoming more sociological and less scientific. We are hearing less of Robert and more from producers. This trend started pre - Trump and reflects social movements. There is far too much virtue signalling IMO with implicit messages and sometimes explicit comment about how right-on or (pseudo) compassionate the presenters are. The border trilogy, the most recent offering, failing to adequately address the real politik, focussed disproportionately on the individual losing sight of the greater picture. This is typical of a destructive muck-raking approach of discrediting others and in particular, decision makers. This loses sight of the constructive educational brief. No wonder all our decision makers think less of doing what’s right and more of where they may be criticised.

A few years ago Radiolab was a definite 5 star podcast. More Perfect is still at that level. Jad has spent too much time with his youngest child and his older child has fallen into questionable company....