The Beauty Puzzle
When a female animal ischecking out herprospects, natural selection would dictate thatshepay attention tohow healthy, or strong,or fit he is. But when it comes to finding a mate, some animals seem tobe engaged in avery different game. What if a female were looking for something else - something that has nothing to do with fitness? Something...beautiful? Today we explore a different way of looking at evolution and what it may mean for the course of science. This episode was reported by Robert Krulwich and Bethel Habte and was produced by Bethel Habte. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.
More Perfect: Sex Appeal
With Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the news and on the big screen recently, we decided to play the More Perfectshow about her from back in November of 2017.This isthestory of how Ginsburg, as a younglawyer at the ACLU, convinced an all-male Supreme Court to take discrimination against women seriously - using a caseon discrimination against men. This episode was reported by Julia Longoria. Special thanks to Stephen Wiesenfeld, Alison Keith, and Bob Darcy. Supreme Court archival audio comes fromOyez, a free law project in collaboration with the Legal Information Institute at Cornell. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.
John Scott was the professional hockey player that every fan loved to hate. A tough guy. A brawler. A goon. But when an impish pundit named Puck Daddy called on fans to vote for Scott to play alongside the world’s greatest players in the NHL All-Star Game, Scott found himself facing off against fans, commentators, and the powers that be. Was this the realization of Scott’s childhood dreams? Or a nightmarish prank gone too far? Today on Radiolab, a goof on a goon turns into a parable of the agony and the ecstasy of the internet, and democracy in the age of Boaty McBoatface. This episode was reported by Latif Nasser and was produced by Matt Kielty. Special thanks to Larry Lynch. Check out John Scott's "Dropping the Gloves" podcast and his book "A Guy Like Me". Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.
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