I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of podcasts, but today I would like to share three of my favorite episodes of my very favorite podcast, Radiolab. Radiolab is a gorgeously produced, narrative-driven radio show that deals with science, human experience, and philosophy in incredibly creative ways. I get so excited whenever a new episode shows up in my feed! Here are three Radiolab episodes that stuck with me long after I first heard them:
This episode is a truly compelling exploration of the line between language and music. I guarantee you will have “sometimes behave so strangely” stuck in your head for hours after hearing the intro, haha. This was one of the first episodes I heard, and the creative sound design is really what made me fall in love with Radiolab in the first place! I first heard this story years ago, but I still think about the section on babytalk all the time.
I’m not even a big football fan (I’m the kind of fan who only “cares” because her husband cares). But this history of American football is fascinating. I had no idea that its rise in popularity was so closely tied to the cultural assimiliation of Native Americans.
There are several Radiolab episodes I love that include the stories of Dr. Oliver Sacks, and I just couldn’t choose between them, so I figured this episode they put together for his 80th birthday a couple of years ago would be a good example of why I love Dr. Sacks so much. Sadly, Dr. Sacks recently passed away. He was a wildly intelligent man with an adorable voice, and a particular skill for storytelling. Here are a few of my favorite Radiolab/Oliver Sacks moments: his personal experience with Face Blindness, his 7-second amnesia patient Clive, and his love for The Table of Elements.
I hope you’ll give Radiolab a listen, and if you do, let me know how you enjoy it! If you already listen to Radiolab, what’s your favorite episode? Also, what’s YOUR all-time favorite podcast? I’m always looking for more great shows to add to my queue.