KRCU to Broadcast New Season of ‘Radiolab’

by News Bureau on Thursday, May. 03, 2012

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 3, 2012 — KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University announces plans to air the first-ever full 13-week season of “Radiolab,” an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds and stories. In each episode, “Radiolab” experiments with sound and style allowing science to fuse with culture and information to sound like music. “Radiolab” will air Sundays at 6 p.m. beginning May 6 with a repeat broadcast Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Hosted by Jad Abumrad with co-host Robert Krulwich, “Radiolab” is designed for listeners who demand skepticism but appreciate wonder; who are curious about the world, but also want to be moved and surprised. “Radiolab” won a Peabody Award in 2011.

Some of the upcoming programs include an exploration of the question: “What can machines tell us about being human?” Abumrad and Krulwich meet humans and robots who are trying to connect and blur the line. They talk to the world’s most advanced robot, meet a man who fell in love with a chatbot and argue with the inventor of Furby over whether a toy can ever really be “alive.” KRCU General Manager Dan Woods said, “’Radiolab’ is one of the – if the not the most – innovative show on public radio right now. We are so excited to offer this to southeast Missouri and hope that our listeners will make a point of listening to this fascinating program.” To find out more about “Radiolab,” visit www.Radiolab.org.

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.

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, Krulwich became an NPR correspondent. From 1978 -1985, Krulwich reported on business and economics for NPR. 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, Mo.