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Bit Flip

Back in 2003 Belgium was holding a national election. One of their first where the votes would be cast and counted on computers. Thousands of hours of preparation went into making it unhackable. And when the day of the vote came, everything seemed to have gone well. That was, until a cosmic chain of events caused a single bit to flip and called the outcome into question. Today on Radiolab, we travel from a voting booth in Brussels to the driver's seat of a runaway car in the Carolinas, exploring the massive effects tiny bits of stardust can have on us unwitting humans. This episode was reported and produced by Simon Adler and Annie McEwen. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate. And check out our accompanying short video Bit Flip:the tale of a Belgian election and a cosmic ray that got in the way.This video was produced by Simon Adler with illustration fromKelly Gallagher.

56 MIN1 weeks ago
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Dinopocalypse Redux

Using high-powered ballistics experiments, fancy computer algorithms, and good old-fashioned ancient geology, scientists have woven together a theory about the extinction of the dinosaurs that is so precise, so hot, so instantaneous, as to seem unimaginable. Today, we bring you this story, first published on Radiolab in 2013, plus an update: a spot on planet Earth, newly discovered, that - if it holds true - has the potential to tell us about the first three hours after the dinos died. This update was reported by Molly Webster and was produced with help from Audrey Quinn. We teamed up with some amazing collaborators for Apocalyptical, the Radiolab live show that this episode is based on. Find out more about these wildly talented folks:comediansReggie Watts,Patton Oswalt,Simon Amstell,Ophira EisenbergandKurt Braunohler; musiciansOn FillmoreandNoveller, andErth Visual & Physical Inc. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate. To learn more about the North Dakota site - known as Tan...

45 MIN2 weeks ago
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Dinopocalypse Redux

Fu-Go

This week we’re going back to a favorite episode from 2015. During World War II, something happened that nobody ever talks about. This is a tale of mysterious balloons, cowboy sheriffs, and young children caught up in the winds of war. And silence, the terror of silence. Reporters Peter Lang-Stanton and Nick Farago tell us the story of a seemingly ridiculous, almost whimsical series of attacks on the US between November of 1944 and May of 1945. With the help of writer Ross Coen, geologist Elisa Bergslien, and professor Mike Sweeney, we uncover a national secret that led to tragedy in a sleepy logging town in south central Oregon. Check out pictures of the ghostly balloons here. Special thanks to Annie Patzke, Leda and Wayne Hunter, and Ilana Sol. Special thanks also for the use of their music toJeff Taylor,David Wingofor the use of "Opening" and "Doghouse" - from the Take Sheltersoundtrack, Justin Walter's"Mind Shapes" from his album Lullabies and Nightmares,and Michael Manningfor ...

35 MIN3 weeks ago
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Latest Episodes

Bit Flip

Back in 2003 Belgium was holding a national election. One of their first where the votes would be cast and counted on computers. Thousands of hours of preparation went into making it unhackable. And when the day of the vote came, everything seemed to have gone well. That was, until a cosmic chain of events caused a single bit to flip and called the outcome into question. Today on Radiolab, we travel from a voting booth in Brussels to the driver's seat of a runaway car in the Carolinas, exploring the massive effects tiny bits of stardust can have on us unwitting humans. This episode was reported and produced by Simon Adler and Annie McEwen. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate. And check out our accompanying short video Bit Flip:the tale of a Belgian election and a cosmic ray that got in the way.This video was produced by Simon Adler with illustration fromKelly Gallagher.

56 MIN1 weeks ago
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Bit Flip

Dinopocalypse Redux

Using high-powered ballistics experiments, fancy computer algorithms, and good old-fashioned ancient geology, scientists have woven together a theory about the extinction of the dinosaurs that is so precise, so hot, so instantaneous, as to seem unimaginable. Today, we bring you this story, first published on Radiolab in 2013, plus an update: a spot on planet Earth, newly discovered, that - if it holds true - has the potential to tell us about the first three hours after the dinos died. This update was reported by Molly Webster and was produced with help from Audrey Quinn. We teamed up with some amazing collaborators for Apocalyptical, the Radiolab live show that this episode is based on. Find out more about these wildly talented folks:comediansReggie Watts,Patton Oswalt,Simon Amstell,Ophira EisenbergandKurt Braunohler; musiciansOn FillmoreandNoveller, andErth Visual & Physical Inc. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate. To learn more about the North Dakota site - known as Tan...

45 MIN2 weeks ago
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Dinopocalypse Redux

Fu-Go

This week we’re going back to a favorite episode from 2015. During World War II, something happened that nobody ever talks about. This is a tale of mysterious balloons, cowboy sheriffs, and young children caught up in the winds of war. And silence, the terror of silence. Reporters Peter Lang-Stanton and Nick Farago tell us the story of a seemingly ridiculous, almost whimsical series of attacks on the US between November of 1944 and May of 1945. With the help of writer Ross Coen, geologist Elisa Bergslien, and professor Mike Sweeney, we uncover a national secret that led to tragedy in a sleepy logging town in south central Oregon. Check out pictures of the ghostly balloons here. Special thanks to Annie Patzke, Leda and Wayne Hunter, and Ilana Sol. Special thanks also for the use of their music toJeff Taylor,David Wingofor the use of "Opening" and "Doghouse" - from the Take Sheltersoundtrack, Justin Walter's"Mind Shapes" from his album Lullabies and Nightmares,and Michael Manningfor ...

35 MIN3 weeks ago
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Fu-Go
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