Tagged with “radiolab” (24)

  1. Nukes - Radiolab

    President Richard Nixon once boasted that at any moment he could pick up a telephone and - in 20 minutes - kill 60 million people. Such is the power of the US President over the nation’s nuclear arsenal. But what if you were the military officer on the receiving end of that phone call? Could you refuse the order?

    This episode, we profile one Air Force Major who asked that question back in the 1970s and learn how the very act of asking it was so dangerous it derailed his career. We also pick up the question ourselves and pose it to veterans both high and low on the nuclear chain of command. Their responses reveal once and for all whether there are any legal checks and balances between us and a phone call for Armageddon.

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/nukes/

    —Huffduffed by adactio

  2. The Trust Engineers

    How a tiny group of social engineers are making our online relationships kindler and gentler, whether we like it or not. 

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/trust-engineers/

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  3. Radiolab - The Bitter End (How Doctors Would Want To Die)

    Producer Sean Cole introduces us to Joseph Gallo, a doctor and professor at Johns Hopkins University who discovered something striking about what doctors were not willing to do to save their own lives. As part of the decades-long Johns Hopkins Precursors Study, Gallo found himself asking the study’s aging doctor-subjects questions about death. Their answers, it turns out, don’t sync up with the answers most of us give.

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/bitter-end/

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  4. Radiolab: Worth

    This episode, we make three earnest, possibly foolhardy, attempts to put a price on the priceless. We figure out the dollar value for an accidental death, another day of life, and the work of bats and bees as we try to keep our careful calculations from falling apart in the face of the realities of life, and love, and loss.

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  5. Hip Pop and EDM

    From boom bap to EDM, we look at the line between hip-hop and not, and meet a defender of the …

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/straight-outta-chevy-chase/#commentlist

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  6. Radiolab: Pop Music

    Nightmarish stories of musical hallucinations, songs with the power to transcend language, & the triumphant return of the Elvis of …

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/91629-pop-music/

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  7. Radiolab: Black Box

    This hour, we examine three very different kinds of black boxes—those peculiar spaces where it’s clear what’s going in, we know what’s coming out, but what happens in-between is a mystery.

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/black-box/

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  8. Radiolab: Apocalyptical

    Cataclysmic destruction. Surprising survival. In this new live stage performance, Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow.

    This hour we celebrate the one thing that all things do: end. From the stage in Seattle, with an all-star cast of comedians and musical guests, we bring you stories that end with a bang, with a whimper, and with astonishing bravery and resilience in the face of one’s own demise.

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/apocalyptical-live-paramount-seattle/

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  9. Dark Side of the Earth

    200 miles above Earth’s surface, astronaut Dave Wolf — rocketing through the blackness of Earth’s shadow at 5 miles a second — floated out of the Mir Space Station on his very first spacewalk. In this short, he describes the extremes of light and dark in space, relives a heart-pounding close call, and shares one of the most tranquil moments of his life.

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/242184-dark-side-earth/

    —Huffduffed by adactio

  10. Radiolab: Blood

    From medicine to the movies, the horrifying to the holy, and history to the present day — we’re kinda obsessed with blood. This hour, we consider the power and magic of the red liquid that runs through our veins.

    http://www.radiolab.org/2013/jul/31/

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

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