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NH's Immigration Story Finale
11:05 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Documentary: New Hampshire's Immigration Story

NHPR presents a one-hour special that takes a look at immigration in New Hampshire.  This program is the culmination of NHPR’s year-long editorial initiative that has explored immigration in New Hampshire from a variety of different perspectives, from legal and legislative issues to real-world experience from a refugee family adjusting to their new life in the U.S.  This program will give us a glimpse into New Hampshire’s immigrant history with stories of our past that will provide context and depth for the issues and stories that are changing the face of New Hampshire today. 

Radiolab - June 29
11:26 am
Tue April 24, 2012

When Brains Attack!

In this episode of Radiolab, strange stories of brains that lead their owners astray, knock them off balance, and, sometimes, propel them to do amazing things. We hear from a kid whose voice was disguised from himself, relive a surreal day in the life of a young researcher who was hijacked by her own brain, and try to keep up with an ultra-athlete who, after suffering terrible seizures, gained extraordinary abilities through removing a chunk of her brain.

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Radiolab - June 22
11:24 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Guts

This hour, we dive into the messy mystery in the middle of us. What's going on down there? We stick our hand in a cow stomach, get a window into our core through the story of a human science experiment, listen in on the surprising back-and-forth between our gut and our brain, and talk to a man who kind of went out of his mind when a medical procedure left him (for a little while) gutless.

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Radiolab - June 15
11:22 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Escape

The walls are closing in, you've got no way out... and then, suddenly, you escape! This hour, stories about traps, getaways, perpetual cycles, and staggering breakthroughs. We meet a man who's broken out of jail more times than anyone alive, travel to the edge of the solar system ... to a boundary beyond which we know nothing, and we hear the story of a blind kid who freed himself from an unhappy childhood by climbing into the telephone system, and bending it to his will.

For more information, visit http://www.radiolab.org/.

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Radiolab - June 8
11:20 am
Tue April 24, 2012

The Bad Show

Cruelty, violence, badness... This episode of Radiolab, we wrestle with the dark side of human nature, and ask whether it's something we can ever really understand, or fully escape. We encounter a man who scrambles our notions of good and evil, turn to one of the most famous (and misunderstood) psychology experiments ever, talk to a man who chased one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history, then got a chance to ask him the question that had haunted him for years: why?

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Radiolab - June 1
11:16 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Patient Zero

The greatest mysteries all have a shadowy figure at the center -- someone who sets things in motion and holds the key to how the rest of the story unfolds. In epidemiology, this central character is known as Patient Zero -- the case at the heart of an outbreak. This hour, Radiolab hunts for Patient Zeroes from all over the map, from the origins of a blues legend to the history of the high five, to a race to halt the spread of a deadly disease.

For more information, visit http://www.radiolab.org/.

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Radiolab - May 18
11:03 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Loops

So much of life is organized by cycles -- seasons, biological rhythms, even our ideas of consciousness. In this episode, Radiolab looks at some of the surprising ways that loops steer our lives, and asks what happens when we disturb them.

For information, visit http://www.radiolab.org/.

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Radiolab - May 11
11:00 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Games

A good game -- whether it's a pro football playoff, or a family showdown on the kitchen table -- can make you feel, at least for a little while, like your whole life hangs in the balance. This hour of Radiolab, Jad and Robert wonder why we get so invested in something so trivial. What is it about games that make them feel so pivotal?

For more information, visit http://www.radiolab.org/.

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Radiolab - May 4
10:57 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Talking to Machines

What can machines tell us about being human? This hour of Radiolab, Jad and Robert meet humans and robots who are trying to connect, and blur the line. We talk to the world's most advanced robot, meet a man who fell in love with a chatbot, and argue with the inventor of Furby over whether a toy can ever really be "alive."

For more information, visit http://www.radiolab.org/

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New Season of Radiolab
9:51 am
Mon April 23, 2012

A New Season of Radiolab begins May 4

Tune in to Radiolab's new season beginning May 4 at noon. The first episode, Talking to Machines examines what machines can tell us about being human. View all episodes here. For additional information, visit the Radiolab website.

Web extra: Radiolab host Jad Abumrad tells CNN's The Next List about the changing face of radio, dissects the show's unique storytelling methods, and how he felt when he was told he would be named a MacArthur "Genius".

Radiolab - April 27
12:00 pm
Sat April 7, 2012

Episode 901: The Good Show

In this episode, a question that haunted Darwin: if natural selection boils down to the survival of the fittest, why would one creature stick its neck out to help another? Is altruism an aberration, or just an elaborate guise for sneaky self-interest? Do we really live in a selfish, dog-eat-dog world? Or has evolution carved out a hidden code that rewards genuine cooperation?

For more information, visit http://www.radiolab.org/.

Friday Journal - April 20
12:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Episode 805: Fate and Fortune

What decides the trajectory of our lives, our successes or failures, our steps and stumbles? Do we achieve what we achieve through force of will, or does fate have us by the throat? This hour, Radiolab explores the tug of war between will and fate from birth to death - from a kid reaching for a marshmallow to hints of dementia in the words of a 20-year-old.

For more information, visit http://www.radiolab.org/.

Radiolab - April 13
11:59 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Episode 804: Cities

Over 50% of the planet now lives in cities. This hour, Radiolab looks at what makes them tick. We talk to a couple physicists who think they can fit every city into a tidy mathematical formula, and we take to the streets to test their idea. We explore the water tunnels 700 feet below Manhattan and question whether cities are the source of, or the solution for, our growing global appetite.

For more information, visit http://www.radiolab.org/.

Radiolab - April 6
12:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Episode 803: Falling

There are so many ways to fall - falling in love, falling asleep, even falling flat on your face. In an episode full of falling music, Radiolab plunges into a black hole, takes a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel, and debunks some myths about falling cats.

For more information, visit http://www.radiolab.org/.

Radio Lab
12:00 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Radio Lab: Words

What would life be like without words? Without language? This hour, Radiolab explores the words in our head and how they change the way we think. We talk to a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, and we ask a neurologist what happened when a stroke wiped out the language center of her brain.

Visit online: http://www.radiolab.org/

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