Southeast Public Radio to Broadcast New Season of ‘Radio Lab’ Series

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Southeast Public Radio 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.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 19, 2007 — Southeast Public Radio 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 July 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.

PlaceboCould the best medicine be no medicine at all? With new research demonstrating the startling power of the placebo effect, “Radio Lab” examines the chemical consequences of belief and imagination — from the symbolic power of the doctor coat to the very real stash of opium in your mind.

SleepEvery creature sleeps — from giant hump back whales all the way down to fruit flies. Yet, science still can’t answer the basic questions: Why do animals sleep? What is it for? We eavesdrop on the uneasy dreams of rats in search of answers.

ZoosIn a cruel trick of evolution, humans can stand just three feet from a ferocious wild animal and still be perfectly safe. What’s with humans’ need to get close to “wildness?” We start with the Romans and end in the wilds of Belize, staring into the eyes of forest jaguar.

Memory and ForgettingAccording to the latest research, recall is an unstable and profoundly unreliable process. It’s easy come, easy go as we learn how true memories can be obliterated and false ones added. Neurologist Oliver Sacks also joins us to tell the story of an amnesiac whose love for his wife and music transcend his seven second memory.

MortalityIs death a fact of life or a disease that can be cured as some scientists claim? We filter the modern search for the fountain of youth through personal stories of witnessing death, including the death of a cell, the death of a loved one and the aging of a society.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, Southeast Public Radio 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. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information is available at http://www.southeastpublicradio.org/.