Radiolab

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Radiolab is one of the most beloved podcasts and public radio shows in the world. The show is known for its deep-dive journalism and innovative sound design. Created in 2002 by host Jad Abumrad, the program began as an exploration of scientific inquiry. Over the years it has evolved to become a platform for long-form journalism and storytelling. Radiolab is co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Latif Nasser.

 
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  • antnyc(m)
    Where’s the soul?
    It’s a shame that RadioLab has chosen a new show format which is all rather immature and silly. The last few episodes were nearly unlistenable as the young “hosts” giggled their way through science, much like you’d expect from those few kids that always sit in the back of class, texting through the lecture. Perhaps the new format is geared for children and that’s fine, and perhaps giggling with no self-awareness is we’re all headed however, a lot is lost in this format, And sadly I suspect it’s the shows soul. Jad, please come back and fix this. xo
  • TessaMatsisSmith
    What?!?
    What happened here? This show used to be all about science, with informative and intelligent hosting and sharing of information. I am really taken aback by the lack of quality currently streaming. Disappointed
  • chrisdemersmd
    Wow!
    I have listed to radio lab consistently for the past 10 years. There are very few media outlets that have been dedicated to facts and data, high quality research, great storytelling... and a knack for upending ones preconceived ideas. Keep up the amazing work!
  • New Hampshire Listener
    This is good for teenagers
    Interesting topics delivered by high school kids
  • Queen of moxie
    Thank you, Radiolab
    Radio Lab opens, stimulates, challenges, and transforms my thinking. It engages my mind, creativity, my love of science, my humanity. When I travel, it’s radio lab that is my companion, that is my mobile home and comfort. It is a link to larger thinking, larger worlds. I am grateful for the care, curiosity, thoroughness, humanity, fun, deep dive into important topics, and amazing reporting, vision, reporting.
  • Layonethr
    Great podcasts are unpopular.
    The people that gave bad reviews to this podcast are somehow the best example that this podcast works as a tool to trigger right-wingers and the audience that likes to catastrophize everything that goes against their point of view. This show is an exercise on intellectual exchanges. If the host has been keen on talking in a tone that reminded you of your years of high school or childhood, and that has triggered anything on you, guess what! That was the idea. Keep listening and try to comprehend. In another note: Please make more episodes and do not repeat the old episodes within the new ones. It’s confusing a lot of people. Do not mix old and new. Make it fresh.
  • gvajssc
    Missing you
    This was my favorite podcast for years. It was somehow comforting to listen to science presented in a “then it got me thinking...” kind of way. I loved the creativity and getting to hear from some of the most brilliant minds. It gave me that feeling I had the first time I went to the planetarium on a grade school field trip. It was sort of magical. With so much loss over the last year, it breaks my heart that I have lost you, too, Radiolab. If you ever want to come back, I’ll be here, perhaps replaying the archives like old family movies.
  • B.mom
    Guys wait
    Dose anybody who gave a 1 star to radiolab I also se the same reviews on stuff you should know podcast!!! 20 minutes later... Oh never mind just a lot of 1 star reviews for some reason (on the stuff you should know podcast) ok 👋
  • Jay K 4 16 18
    Went wayyyyy downhill
    JAD like if you don’t wanna make the show anymore if you’re burned out, or you don’t feel you have any ideas anymore for the show, or just have moved on to new projects and can’t devote the time that’s really required to make the show, just end the show retire at the way Robert retired. Bringing on new hosts who has totally changed the vibe of the show I know that they were correspondence before but as hosts they just do not carry the show the way you’re older listeners expect them to maybe new listeners coming out with joy the new programming but I extremely disappointed. I listen to it for the first time again today in months because I have not enjoyed the show and I I was interested in this topicTopic but the hosts just really ruined it and made it feel so immature and childish and just really didn’t carry well I’m very disappointed. Jad I hope you find your way or MoveOn you don’t need to keep making this you don’t owe anyone anything.
  • OoOolivers
    Please indicate if repeat
    Love this podcast, fun and informative. BUT they often repost stories that they have done before. I am a weekly listener for about 5 years and I don’t like to relisten. I will look at the description and if it sounds familiar I’ll skip. I’m sure I’ve missed some new ones bc of this or I’ll get 10 min and realize I already heard it. So please just put a note in the description that says it’s a repost. Thanks!
  • BonariLove
    Eeew, David!
    What was once a smart, fun and interesting science show has turned into a re-enactment of high school biology lab, with drama, obnoxious hosts who like to hear themselves talk too much, and whining about farts and squishy fish. Take back the helm, Jad! Your show is lost.
  • Vhgdnign
    Hosts are kind of a bummer
    I just listened to the episode about herring and submarines and it was tough to take. The reporters seemed to think the story was about them, that their footage of them giggling by the water or taking a long aside about farting is charming, but they just seem inauthentic and totally obsessed with themselves. The reporter isn’t the story, and your focus on self takes away from what should be a shared focus on the topic.
  • Young Slug
    Just bad
    This show painfully fell way off, aka got soo much worse. Its really sad.
  • InboxDollarsSeemsLikeAScamtoMe
    Punching Up
    In a recent episode on the Facebook Supreme Court you acknowledged a belief that gender/race-based hate speech that called for violence was okay on Facebook as long as it was “punching-up.” Wondering if you could break down the specifics of who gets to punch up to who and who can get punched without being allowed to punch back.
  • Aandglan
    So Intelligent
    This show consistently makes me stop and think and affects how I look at the world around me.
  • Jromon
    The spirit of radio lab is dead
    I used to love radio lab, it used to inspired a deep sense of wonder. But since Robert retired it seems you feel a need to take on mostly political/ social justice charged topics falling in line with countless other podcasts/radio shows. And you stated you wanted to change the direction in your Ted discussion. That is fine but what we all grown to love about radio lab is now gone. Inspiring a sense of wonder was perfection. That’s what brought listeners. Simple wonder without the muck of politics, and following the news. It was an escape from all that. That was the beauty of it. Your show now is good for what it is but it is not radio lab anymore. Start a second show and bring back the essence of what radio lab was. Unfortunately for now I won’t be listening anymore.
  • Xeronimo
    Neoliberal Claptrap
    I was an avid listener to this show since the start. But, I’ve come to the opinion that the show (and most NPR podcasts) are mostly neoliberal consent manufacturers. From the begging for money (like an uninsured cancer patient on gofundme), to the action/reaction/dissonance/consensus formula that always get the listener to “trust” the pmc expert opinion. Turn off any podcasts that begin with the words “in these divided times...”
  • grt '08
    Good, but losing its way a bit
    Wish Apple podcasts would let me give it a 4.5. I love this show, but new eps are so infrequent.
  • aaumueller
    What happened to the science?
    Really bummed that RadioLab started focusing on politics instead of science. I’ve waited hoping that it would go back to science, but it’s only getting worse.
  • RAYRAY'S MAMA
    Please bring back the science!
    I can get political commentary everywhere! (And I do.) I loved that radiolab would teach me something I know nothing about (science) in a way I could understand. Please please bring back the focus on science!! I fear this podcast simply isn’t unique anymore.
  • Dugdiamond
    Format change...sad
    This podcast used to be soooo good. After Robert left, the science, curiosity and humor left with him and was followed by episode after episode of biased political stories. Time to unsubscribe and find another gem.
  • Hardsm08
    Too Much Politics, So Disappointed
    I used to love listening to Radiolab because they would cover really interesting and unique topics. Now it’s all about politics. I’m extremely disappointed by the path they decided to take this show. Just more doom and gloom..
  • nobo fluffybutt
    So awesome
    Hours of fun listen every day!
  • huufghjsj
    Latif’s gross lip-smacking
    When Latif talks you can literally like hear the saliva crackling in his mouth, it’s disgusting
  • Ar0rp5
    Candid Camera
    I was old enough to watch Candid Camera. What a study of human nature. Really enjoyed the Cubs story!!
  • 236775467899966555person
    So you think this is political?
    Yes it is, this is a informative podcast and there is a lot of political news, also, people say this is a left winged podcast, well, facts are left winged.
  • JV2134593
    Used to be a favorite
    I LOVED this podcast all through high school and college. However, this podcast has turned to political trash and isolated half its audience. I’m out.
  • Dr.Erica
    The BEST
    The BEST podcast in the ENTIRE world!
  • bananie05
    Always entertaining
    It’s a great podcast! Ever since we heard the real story of Heimlich I’ve been hooked. Go back and listen - you’ll be surprised at the story and it’s a great example of their clever “sciencey” but fun storytelling.
  • Daniellebvt
    Doom and Gloom
    This used to be one of my go-to podcasts, but since the pandemic, it seems that every episode is a reminder of how bad things are. I can get that anywhere, and sometimes (esp now) I just need an escape. One of those old Jad and Robert podcasts about something weird would do the trick. I understand things can’t stay the same forever, and I support the changes Radio Lab made in response to his departure, but the content is just a drag.
  • Hyjnv
    How the great have fallen
    This used to be an amazing podcast... but for the last few years it had dropped in quality and content. Used to be about the improvement of the human condition but is now about how the political parties who they do not agree with, have in their opinion, destroyed the world. More time is spent covering for one political party and blaming another for their own shortcomings. It is now become another political hunting ground, no longer any content or concerns for Science or improvement of any kind.
  • Yendoggy
    SO sad I had to unsubscribe
    For a good decade if someone asked for a podcast to recommend this was at the top of my list. Unfortunately even RADIO LAB has gone political. And with a VERY obvious slant (whether that slant lines up with mine is not the point) in a world where we need great podcasts NOT about politics we seem to have lost another one. The two stars are for the many amazing shows over the years.
  • Pascal-Jumeaux
    Not what is used to be
    This podcast used to be full of in-depth reporting on the most intriguing topics such as love, color, sound and black holes. Jad and Robert would often speak of politics, but nothing like it is now. Every episode is just a repeat of what I read everyday on my news app. There is nothing new, insightful or inventive. What once was a podcast full of lively and beautiful discussion of various interesting topics is now just another left-leaning political podcast. Makes me sad, I haven’t been able to listen for months.
  • ISO BISO
    Don’t listen to the haters!🙂🙂
    I love this podcast It’s great I love all the story’s it’s my 1# podcast I love all the new ones keep doing great things radiolab great podcast
  • ravvvvvvvvveeeeennnnn
    Love Love Love
    I absolutely love this podcast! They delve into so many interesting subjects that you would never think could be so engaging. I think they do an excellent job at vocalizing any questions people may have, making the topics approachable and fascinating for anyone.
  • hungrygirl1969
    What happened?
    This was a favorite show of mine for years. Unfortunately, all the fun science has gone out the window and they’ve focused in on politics.
  • RLHX17
    What happened?!?
    I started listening about 5 or 6 years ago, and for many years this was my favorite podcast by a long shot. For years I would eagerly look to see if the weekly show downloaded so I could put it to the top of the queue for my commute. This show was enthralling, it deserved 6 stars on the ratings, not just 5. What a difference one person makes: when host Robert retired, the show did not just drop off a cliff, but fell to the bottom of a deep canyon. Yikes, it is now simply awful. The direction you guys are going is not working at all. I will give it one or two more episodes in 2021, and if this direction continues this year, I will sadly mourn the loss of a great podcast, unsubscribe, and move on.
  • cfergz
    Disappointed
    Love this podcast even if it leans left. But to completely cover a story only from one side was very biased. Everything about this podcast has been amazing until is comes to politics. Stick to what you do best, let me tell you it isn’t politics.
  • Reld!
    4 hours of insurrection
    This was a very well put together piece of journalism. I listened to gain knowledge of podcasts because I have a podcast on Spotify called the Ryan Elder show. I was pleasantly surprised because they went into great depth in describing the actual fight between the capitol police and the maga mob. If these guys were black their would of been thousands shot and killed. I say this because of the preparedness of the BLM March on the capitol building. The same warnings were there for this March but obviously the same warnings were taken lightly. I never want violence for this country but it is an evil that is inevitable because of terrorist racist in this country. Hopefully Americans will learn and heal from this insurrection and I pray the families of the officers who died are comforted. America is in trouble internally and needs to repent of its sins and god will make this country great again. This modern day insurrection was an example of the real feelings of America. It’s not right and was exposed that day. Keep praying for America because this is not the end of this. America cannot ever have a racist narcissist run our country ever again. Republicans who support trump are just as guilty. Who’s gonna police our government? We the people. Let’s go back to the constitutional values we once had.
  • thhhp
    More money, less problems
    Get your grammar right: it’s More money, FEWER problems.
  • From1791
    Goodbye After Five Years
    After five years of listening, Radiolab has succumbed to their own internal biases. Perhaps, in a few years time, they will look back on these last few months of shows with perspective and realize how they tarnished what they worked so hard to build. It’s disheartening to say goodbye, but goodbye. For those reading this, move to another show that is less of an echo chamber.
  • Momlf
    You used to be my #1
    Miss the old Radiolab! 5 star podcast in the past!!! Please stop with the politics and the mainstream media and go back to the amazing podcast you used to be. I know I am not the only one who feels this way.
  • Joshua A. Mangrum
    I enjoyed the “Four Hours of Insurrection” but...
    The podcasts about the Capitol riots have been really well done, especially the “Four hours of Insurrection” episode RadioLab just put out but I do have an issue with the biased journalism. If RadioLab was just any other podcast that had people voicing their opinions that would be one thing (and I get that RadioLab is left leaning and can still be a great news source - like CNN) but maybe just quickly mention the number of peaceful protestors also at the Capitol that day. I acknowledge that most of the BLM protests were completely peaceful, but in your podcasts on those events you never really talked about the Antifa RIOTS that destroyed property - even the ones that were masquerading as BLM protests. It just seems a little too left leaning to the point of ignoring certain facts. I’m still a subscriber and fan but maybe just include little snippets that don’t devalue your political beliefs but simply give credence and at the very least the facade of non-partisan journalism.
  • TildaJean
    WHAT?
    My first listen today. It was Pat Walters, and I cannot believe his poor grammar! What does an editor do?
  • Zamalama69
    Liberal mouthpiece
    This used to be a compelling show and I would listen frequently. Now the show is whiny snowflake cancel culture garbage.
  • CharlieChappykins
    Most of your content is great, but...
    Your recent featuring of another podcast has lowered my respect for your ability to be impartial. Stick to science and your other strengths. Allowing excerpts from this “other podcast” and their completely impartial rhetoric has made me lose immediate respect for you guys. I loved you guys. You pulled me through some difficult times with your content. This however I can’t excuse. Words have meaning, and the words used in this other podcast you chose to exhibit excerpts of, were so biased, that I now can’t listen to your podcast without feeling like your podcast is biased. Example: “A lynching in progress...” When the reality was that officer did an incredible job by leading “the mob” which if you watch the video, there was only one man that was pushing this officer forward, without much if any physical contact I’d add. The physical contact actually came from the officer pushing him back. Also in that video it was never mentioned by this other podcast that there were no arms (weapons) involved. This officer smartly gave ground, and lead the people away from the senate entrance until he reached an area where he linked up with backup officers. That officer was courageous and smart; he did his duty. Even the former chief of the Capitol Police commended his actions. Their charge as Capitol officers is not to protect the building, but to protect congress and staff. He did that without violence. I commend him, but unlike what the narrative of this other podcast would have you believe, he was not about to be lynched. Watch the video. It’s crystal clear and in HD. I’ll remind you again. Only one man was squaring off with the officer, but the never exchanged blows. The officer pushed him back, but he deescalated the situation. He should get an award. I feel something, I don’t know what it is yet, but I feel something about you giving a platform to such a biased podcast, that my trust in your podcast has been ripped out of me like like an appendectomy. I think what it is, is your choice of audio to use for the piece that paints a completely different picture than the video does. I’m sorry guys, at least for now, I am unsubscribing. Where did your integrity go? There are two sides to every story, but you only chose to cover one. That in itself I consider to be bias. Farewell Radiolab. If you ever return to your normal content, which inspires wonder, and awe at life itself. Then I may come back. Sincerely, Charlie - 7 year avid listener.
  • PTMO (put the mask on)
    New Hosts Turn Radiolab Into Another Echo Chamber
    Radiolab used to have interesting stories and guests. I used to look forward to new episodes and think about them after listening. Interesting stories are gone only to be replaced with the same political drama found on any main stream media outlet. Sadly I unsubscribed :(
  • Misjojo
    Conflicted
    I LOVE the thoughtful content of radiolab. However, lately there is ALOT of F bombs which means I can’t listen with my kids in the car. PLEASE edit those out so I can continue to support the show.
  • MGKL96
    Transgressive grammar
    I was irked to encounter the recent segment title: "More Money Less Problems." Should be "fewer" because "less" generally refers to nouns for entities that are counted rather than measured. It's a gaffe that literally hurts my ears...
  • kunlaou
    When you can’t find the right words, you find radiolab
    All lives are a collection of stories, some shared, some private. Radiolab weaves a magical space that has traversed so many of my own stories, it is near impossible to recognize every graceful stitch. Irreplaceable.
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