The Frontal Cortex

Radio Lab

It’s the best show on the radio* and it’s all about science. If you’re not listening to Radio Lab, then you’re missing something quite special. The new season has just begun with a fantastic episode on “Choice,” and I’m not saying it’s fantastic just because it occasionally features my stammering voice. If you’re curious what working memory has to do with chocolate cake, or why Oliver Sacks ate lamb kidneys for breakfast, or why you should never hand a stranger iced coffee, then you’ll enjoy the show.

*Ok, maybe it’s tied for first.


  1. #1 PlausibleAccuracy
    December 1, 2008

    I do enjoy Radio Lab but sometimes Robert Krulwich’s distaste for certain fields on spongy “moral reasoning” puts me off a bit.

    This bothered me the most in the episode (So-Called) Life:

  2. #2 james betz
    December 1, 2008

    I’ve always taken Krulwich’s distastes as sort of devils advocate / tongue in cheek.

    but these two shows are great, yes. i love them both.

    I actually got into the show because of the first one i heard: Memory and Forgetting, which turned me onto Proust, which turned me onto this blog.

  3. #3 Greg
    December 2, 2008

    While both of these shows are great, please try to keep in mind the lesser known, ‘hearing voices’ and older ‘the goon show’ broadcasts.

  4. #4 Sean McCaughan
    December 15, 2008

    I’ve never heard radio lab before (I’m not a New Yorker and not played on my local npr). It’s fantastic. Thanks.

  5. #5 Avelina Delacueva
    June 9, 2011

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