Category: Natural Sciences
Frequency: Bi-weekly. Ish.
Host: Jad Abumrad
You don't have to be a scientist to love Radiolab: The notorious, award-winning NPR broadcast gets you hooked on enigmatic stories about human nature, culture, and science. Every week, host Jad Abumrad digs deep into one particular big idea — like how social engineers (the people behind Facebook or Twitter) try to build trust in online relationships, or how Nazis found refuge in the American Midwest for years (titled "Nazi Summer Camp"), and explores it through sounds, interviews, mini-narratives, and music. The show never lags or gets boring, run by people who know how to tell stories just like you're sitting around a campfire. If you're looking to educate yourself about the world, stimulate your brain, change how you think, and feed your thirst for curiosity, Radiolab will keep you in the game.
Best Episode: Radiolab recently won a Peabody for its dissection of the government's "authorization to use military force" in an episode titled "60 Words."