Our lives are filled with loops that hurt us, heal us, make us laugh, and, sometimes, leave us wanting more. This hour, Radiolab revisits the strange things that emerge when something happens, then happens again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and… well, again. In this episode of Radiolab, Jad and Robert try to explain an inexplicable comedy act, listen to a loop that literally dies in your ear, and they learn about a loop that sent a shudder up the collective spine of mathematicians everywhere. Finally, they talk to a woman who got to watch herself think the thought that she was watching herself think the thought that she was watching herself think the thought that ... you get the point. With Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler, Alex Bellos, Steven Strogatz, Janna Levin, and Melanie Thernstrom. Plus mind-bending musical accompaniment from Laguardia Arts High School singers Nathaniel Sabat, Julian Soto, Eli Greenhoe, Kelly Efthimiu, Julia Egan, and Ruby Froom. You can find the video Christine Campbell made of her mom Mary Sue here. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.
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.
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