KRCU to Broadcast ‘Best of’ Radio Lab Series

2012__Loc_KRCU-010-LCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 1, 2011 — KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University announces plans to air five “best-of” programs in the 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 Fridays at noon beginning Nov. 4 with a repeat broadcast Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., beginning Nov. 6.

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.

Friday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 6: RadioLab: Where Am I

OK. Maybe you’re in your desk chair. You’re in your office. You’re in New York, or Detroit, or Timbuktu. You’re on planet earth. But where are you, really? Radiolab examines the bond between brain and body, and looks at what happens when it breaks. Author and neurologist Oliver Sacks tries to find himself using magnets, we talk to a neuroscientist who uses an optical illusion to solve a century-old mystery that haunts some amputees, and pilots describe surviving out-of-body experiences while flying fighter jets.

Friday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 13: RadioLab: (So-called) Life

Radiolab asks what is natural in a world where biology and engineering intersect. Biotechnology is making it easier and easier to create new forms of life, but what are the consequences when humans play with life? We travel back to the first billion years of life on Earth, take a look at how modern engineers tinker with living things, and meet a woman who could have been two people.

Friday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 20: RadioLab: Stress

Stress may save your life if you’re being chased by a tiger. But if you’re stuck in traffic, it may be more likely to make you sick. Radiolab takes a long hard look at the body’s system for getting out of trouble. Stanford University neurologist (and part-time “baboonologist”) Dr. Robert Sapolsky takes us through what happens on our insides when we stand in the wrong line at the supermarket, and offers a few coping strategies: gnawing on wood, beating the crap out of somebody, and having friends. Plus: the story of a singer who lost her voice, and an author stuck in a body that never grew up.

Friday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 27: RadioLab: Zoos

In a cruel trick of evolution, humans can stand just three feet from a ferocious animal and still be perfectly safe. Radiolab goes to the zoo to ask what’s with our need to get close to “wildness.” We examine where we stand in this paradox — starting with the Romans, and ending in the wilds of Belize …staring into the eyes of a wild jaguar.

Friday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 4: RadioLab:Sperm

Sperm carry half the genes needed for human life. Radiolab asks some basic questions and profound thoughts about reproduction. To begin, why so many sperm? We turn to the animal kingdom for answers, which lands us on a tour of sperm battles in ducks, flying pig sperm, and promiscuous whippoorwills. Then, we ponder fatherhood, and wonder…in a world where sperm can be frozen and kept for all eternity…what does the future holds for men? And we end quietly, with a widow struggling to keep some essence of her husband alive.

Host Bios:

Jad Abumrad is the host and producer of RadioLab. Before RadioLab, 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.

Robert 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 an NPR correspondent. From 1978 -1985, if you were listening to NPR, you heard all about business and economics from Robert Krulwich. 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. Radiolab 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. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM-HD in Farmington and Ste. Genevieve.