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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

It's hard to estimate the value of this podcast

This podcast stands out as pretty much constantly astounding. As someone who writes about science for a living, the 'scientific' concepts here are rendered in an enviably fascinating and pretty much idiot-proof way. It's a testament to the skills of the hosts in their use of the audio format that they can cruise through really complex stuff and give the ordinary listener entertainment and learning in a single scoop. This is the best. Now if they would only get season one on itunes....

Radio Lab going downhill

I used to find Radio Lab brilliant, informative, and original. Now it contains more and more really frivolous stories often based on poor science. And what’s with all the swearing?! Especially ridiculous we’re the episodes ‘In the No’ and ‘Asking for a Friend’.


Occasionally I listen to an episode that is thicker with content, perhaps borrowing from another show. Usually, however, the incessant cutting style (no silences) and played-up host reactions (not to mention the cutesy inclusion of sound check audio and bonus floating "um"s) make it hard for me to listen.

Putting aside the show's glorious past: I currently find the sound editing WAY too self-indulgent and twee. I get disoriented by the way you splice together and interweave seperate conversations, simply so you can achieve a reaction soundbite for every petty relevation.

Podcasting is hard. I could not do it myself. But I also know I'd be half-tempted to make a sound collage every time, and it's not a temptation one ought to indulge so heavily.

PS., Robert is NOT my fave host.