*radio, radio*

I love RadioLab…

I love RadioLab…

I love RadioLab…

I am smitten for RadioLab. The show has tackled queries about time, what makes us human, cloning, limit of the mind and body and beyond. I have a bit of a nerd crush on Jad and Robert and find their banter endearing and engaging. I feel like they are discovering the wonders of science with me and we are like school kids in amazement and disbelief.  There was some point in time when science was cool-ok first Bill Nye came to my mind and second great minds of science and philosophy (uh no, that doesn’t speak highly of my mind). I really think that science lost its coolness for a period of time and now science is the cool kid who can buy alcohol.

Most people who don’t know science hold some belief that it’s hard. It is too abstract, too many numbers, too much of this and too much of that-they just don’t get it. It’s pretty common for people to assume that their brain can only process a certain kind of knowledge and some people are math people and the rest of us, just aren’t. Sometimes this can steer people away from science and the wonderful thing about RadioLab is that it isn’t for people who necessarily know science-it’s for regular folks. The beauty of it, is yeah it’s fun to listen to with interesting audio and music, but what it does is explains some pretty complicated stuff in really easy to digest ways.  That, to me, is genius.  Bfd if someone can spew out some study that they are working on or some new finding-true knowledge is when you are able to momma bird it to people-what I mean is you chew it up, process it and then spit it back out in easy digestible clumps.

I am not the only one who sings the praises of RadioLab, according to the NYT it is revolutionizing the medium.

Now let’s travel on a bit of a tangent it is pretty obvious I am fan of RadioLab and if you just delete Lab, I am a fan radios.  I have even made one. ok, so it was from a kit for little kids and it didn’t work, but I hooked up diodes and resisters like, whoa.  My college town has the largest radio collection that there side of the Mississippi-aptly named, American Museum of Radio and Electricity. I use to volunteer there and helped teach little ones about radios, magnetism and all sorts of fun stuff. Too bad this was at a time in my life when 8am on a Saturday was like a hot summer day in hell and I only volunteered for 4 months or so.  The way that I became familiar with the place was actually by preparing for a physics test. In preparation for the test, the teacher gave us some “hints” of what our final would be about. All there was on the sheet of paper was a picture of a radio-something like this but simpler.

So I went to the radio museum and talked to this sweet older man, Carl. He sat me down at a table in the back and he talked to me all about radios. It was probably nothing that I actually needed for the test but it a really interesting and completely sweet of him. I think I brought cookies later to thank him…it probably would of been more appropriate if I had brought my test and had them put it on the fridge next to that table in the back.

So, back to RadioLab. I found this video from open culture . It is a little clip inspired by an episode-about symmetry.

you can listen to desperately seeking symmetry at RadioLab’s website.


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