KRCU to Broadcast Radio Lab Series

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KRCU Radio will air five new programs in the Radio Lab series beginning May 1.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 25, 2011 — 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 on May 1.

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.

Sunday, May 19 a.m.: Radio Lab – The Good ShowHere’s a disturbing question that haunted Charles Darwin: if natural selection boils down to a battle for survival, how do you explain why one creature might stick its neck out for another? Radiolab looks at the cold calculations of kin selection, talks to heroes who risked their lives for strangers, and looks to game theory — where doing good can actually be a good strategy.

Sunday, May 89 a.m.: Radio Lab – Lost and FoundRadiolab asks how we find our way in the world. Meet a woman whose cognitive map leaves her lost no matter where she is, and look to pigeons for amazing feats of navigational wizardry. Plus: a love story about being lost…then found…in a very different sense.

Sunday, May 159 a.m.: Radio Lab – Help!What do you do when your own worst enemy is…you? Radiolab looks for ways to gain the upper hand over those forces inside us–from unhealthy urges, to creative insights–that seem to have a mind of their own. We meet a Cold War negotiator who, in order to quit smoking, backs himself into a tactical corner, and we visit a clinic in Russia where patients turn to a radical treatment to help fight their demons. Plus, Elizabeth Gilbert on doing battle with your muses.

Sunday, May 229 a.m.: Radio Lab – The Soul PatchOn this episode, stories of unlikely (and surprisingly simple) answers to seemingly unsolvable problems. We get to know a man who struggles, and mostly fails, to contain his violent outbursts…until he meets a bird who can keep him in check. Then, Oliver Sacks and Chuck Close, who are both face-blind, share workarounds that help them figure out who they’re talking to. And a senior center stumbles upon an unexpected way to help Alzheimer’s patientsᾰby building a bus stop.

Sunday, May 299 a.m.: Radio Lab – Desperately Seeking SymmetryOn this edition of Radiolab, Jad and Robert set out in search of order and balance in the world around us, and ask how symmetry shapes our very existence – from the origins of the universe, to what we see when we look in the mirror. Along the way, we look for love in ancient Greece, head to modern-day Princeton to peer inside our brains, and turn up an unlikely headline from the Oval Office circa 1979.

Host Bios:Jad Abumrad is the host and producer of Radiolab. Before Radiolab, Jad 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.” Jad 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 in Farmington and Ste. Genevieve.