KRCU Broadcasting a New Season of ‘Radio Lab’ Series

Logo for the Radio Lab Series

KRCU at Southeast will air five new programs in the “Radio Lab” series, which will air Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. beginning April 4.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 30, 2010 – KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University announces plans to air five new programs in the “Radio Lab” series, an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds, and stories. In each episode, “Radio Lab” experiments with sound and style, allowing science to fuse with culture and information to sound like music.  “Radio Lab” will air Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., beginning April 4.

Hosted by Jad Abumrad with co-host Robert Krulwich, “Radio Lab” is designed for listeners who demand skepticism but appreciate wonder — who are curious about the world, but also want to be moved and surprised.

Series topics are as follows:

Animal Minds – April 4When we gaze into the eyes of our beloved pets, can we ever really know what they’re thinking? Is it naive to assume they might be experiencing something close to the emotions we feel? Or, on the contrary, is it ridiculous to assume that they aren’t feeling anything back? We explore what science can say about what goes on in the minds of animals.

Lucy – April 11Chimps, Bonobos, Humans – we’re all great apes. This hour a discussion will take place about what happens when we all try to live together. The main story is about a chimp named Lucy.  When Lucy was only two days old, she was adopted by a psychologist and his wife who wondered if, given the right environment, how human could Lucy become. This story and other tales of radical sharing between humans and the creatures on earth most like us will be told.

Limits – April 18How much can you jam into a human brain? How far can you push yourself past feelings of exhaustion?  Ironman triathletes are interviewed during this segment, and the memorable tale of a man who couldn’t forget will be heard. Are we limited by the size of our brain and the strength of our muscles or will there always be a way to push ourselves just a little bit further? What about human comprehension? As science barrels forward, will we reach the limit of human understanding?

Famous Tumors – April 25This hour of “Radio Lab” is dedicated to tumors.  It may sound like a grim topic, but what is found when we look closely at these anatomical aberrations are fascinating tales of evolution, immortality and even, maybe, God.  A tumor that changes modern science and the tragic untold story of the woman attached to that tumor will be heard.  Listeners will be given the opportunity to witness terrifying contagious tumors, tumors that bring joy and tumors that bring ecstasy.  “Radio Lab” co-host Krulwich will even try to touch, literally touch, the tumor that killed President Ulysses S. Grant.

Who Are You? – May 2This hour centers around a chilling question:  Can you ever really know the people around you? Even those most dear to you – your mother, your child, your loved one – can you ever really know what they are thinking feeling, or experiencing, or is it all just a leap of faith? In this episode, interviews will be conducted with neuroscientists, primatologists, zookeepers, actors and dog owners who are all trying to get inside another’s mind.

Abumrad is the host and producer of “Radio Lab.”  Before “Radio Lab,” Abumrad was an independent reporter, producer and documentary-maker for a variety of local and national programs. He was also a member of the team that launched “The Next Big Thing.”  Abumrad has written music for films and studied music composition and creative writing at Oberlin College.

Krulwich specializes in making complicated news about anything — science, economics, politics – easy to grasp through visual and dramatic analogies. After getting his start reporting on Watergate for the Pacifica network, Robert became a National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent.  After that, he moved to television, working for CBS, ABC and the PBS programs “Frontline” and “NOVA.”  He is currently a science correspondent for NPR. “Radio Lab” marked his return to the network.As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, KRCU strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to Southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.  Nearly 1.9 million people within the listening area have the opportunity to tune in to KRCU 90.9 FM which is a 6,500 watt station located in Cape Girardeau and KSEF 88.9 FM, a 9,500 watt repeater station located in Farmington, Mo.  The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.  More information is available at www.krcu.org.