I love Radiolab! While other reviewers are right to note that not all episodes are about the hard sciences any more, I honestly appreciate the expansion into social topics, and I don’t think it weakens the show at all. An old standard for a reason - if you haven’t listened yet, give it a try.
I’m listening to back episodes now, and in this one in particular Robert is pitching for donations. “You can go on Radiolab.com/donate or text the word Radiolab, one word, to the number 69866”So while driving I texted the word Radiolab to the number 69866 but I got no response. I wonder if that’s the sort of thing that only works during fundraisers. But if you’re going to post the fundraising episode on your podcast you maybe need to leave that text address open? Forever? Now I’m at work and I’ve wasted work time doing this review, so I’ll try to research later if the Radiolab.com/donate is still an active web address. I hope it is, because I love you all.
I listened to the Octomom episode on my run this morning. It was a perfect diversion from the stress of the current pandemic. The story was both beautiful and sad. I actually stopped on my run and cried. I encourage you to play this every year on Mother’s Day.
this was beyond frustrating, I can't believe you released such a misleading, awful episode. The critiques were incredibly mild and you didn't even touch some of the largest issues with these genome projects.
The show itself is great! The Radiolab crew does a wonderful job presenting stories in an engaging and fun way. However the podcast stinks. My saved episodes get regularly erased and even my downloaded ones get un-downloaded if that’s even a term. Someone is constantly resetting the app and the episodes I want to listen to keep vanishing. Clean it up Radiolab!
I can forgive the politics and culture. I can forgive the begging for $$$$ to pay for a vacation as part of a "story." I cannot forgive shoddy science. I hit "unsubscribe" once I realized a new show (is it really new, or just a repeat?) in my feed fills me with dread. I am done hoping it gets better again.
I officially hit the unsubscribe button today. After hoping months if not over a year this podcast would find its way back to the facts, I keep getting hit over the head with someone’s opinion represented as fact. I have listened to this podcast get further and further left and the most recent one about American relics pushed me over the edge. I will reminisce on the days of going crazy deep into a topic like colors (my favorite episode) and listening to Robert and Jad offer arguments from different points of view. The reason people flooded to podcasts years ago was to escape the opinionated big media and get back to great story telling without trying to push someone’s idea of right and wrong. I hope radio lab finds its way again and gets back to its roots, but I have a feeling in this political climate it won’t happen. Crazy because this is my first ever review, but unsubscribing to this podcast was like breaking up with a girlfriend, not something I wanted to do, but I knew it was time, as I have been a listening since the Typhoid Mary episode (also a great one).
I LOVED RadioLab. But recently, the podcast has diverted from being more objective and fact based to more subjective and opinionated... especially being more political and biased towards the “left”. Just my opinion. I do appreciate the educational intention and I will continue to play older episodes!
I am an avid podcast listener and when anyone asks for recommendations, RadioLab is always at the top of the list ( with the likes of Reply All and Heavyweight ). It perfectly mixes science with storytelling to produce these little worlds of wonder and emotion and knowledge that feel like portals we walk into with each new episode or series. Certain series have changed the way I have see the world, and most episodes delve into cool, niche topics I’d never look into ( like the pistol shrimp ) and create an incredible narrative I can’t wait to finish. A stand out show, even 20 years in.
Dispatch series is just what we all need right now
I’ve been listening to radiolab for years and it’s beyond fantastic. I’d just like to say a huge extra special THANK YOU to radiolab for creating and continuing the dispatch series during this crazy time. I know it’s not your typical show and you could have easily excused yourself from putting out new material during this time (a lot of other podcasts I listen to have), but this series has been exactly what I’ve needed. So thank you all for continuing to work and do what you do best. It’s thoroughly made the life of this essential worker better (and I’m sure many others as well)!
Used to be interesting, but viewpoints tend to be unrealistic
There’s a lot of information that is shared in each episode, however, all too often, either who cares or the information is unrealistic. Like the recent episode that I couldn’t finish that touched on End of the world scenarios. It went deep down rabbit holes so unrealistic (like the part about $2 bills in cold storage to help survivors in the event of a nuclear war. First of all, the LAST thing survivors of a nuclear war are going to care about is money, and when things settle down, there’s going to be a new currency used (likely in the form of food or other relevant commodities, like toilet paper or bleach). Too many one-sided arguments and not a lot of all the different angles are considered. To their credit, the content they do share is very deep and detailed, but there are so many other obvious angles that should at least be given a scientific chance in the argument.All too often, the so-called hypothesis of each episode is too narrow and so opinionated that I just can’t listen to them anymore. I’ll check in from time to time and hope that it can improve and better follow the scientific method, especially when so much of the content is scientific in nature.
Why base an episode on shaky scientific evidence? Is Radiolab doing inductive science now, trying to go from anecdotes to important general lessons ... and failing?Better keep to the human angle, but if you want to do science, do it well