The new season of Radio Lab has begun. For those of who aren't NPR junkies, Radio Lab is a sonically dense, narrative driven science shown broadcast out of WNYC. Each episode has a theme (ala This American Life), and then explores the theme from a variety of different angles. I'd love the show even if I didn't work for it. You can get the podcast on iTunes or stream it from WNYC. The latest show is on Zoos, and describes the birth of the modern zoo, neurogenesis (and the work of Fernando Nottebohm), meatsicles, "Jaguar Man" and why humans like looking at other animals behind bars. It's a really good hour of radio.
The previous show was on sleep, sleep disorders and dreams. I guess I should blog about it.
I'll second your recommendation. I just discovered Radio Lab after it was recommended during a podcast of On The Media and have quickly made my way through the back episodes. The audio techniques are much more creative/experimental than This American Life, which sometimes comes across as a bit gimmicky but usually enhances the content.
More cross-podcast and blog-to-podcast recommendations would be a great thing.
Radio Lab sounds like a wonderful radio series -- I'm going to check it out.
BTW, do you people know of or perhaps already listen to "Quirks and Quarks" on CBC Radio 1? It's brilliant -- has been for decades.
Yeah, it's a really great show. I think it's one of the best things on the radio. i just wish there were more of them.
I really liked the Zoo show. I thought your explanation of the experiments was very good and interesting. I also really liked the jaguar story at the end. Such an interesting collection of stories!