KRCU to Broadcast New Season of ‘Radio Lab’ Series


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 27, 2010  — KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University announces plans to air five new programs in the “Radio Lab” series on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. beginning Oct. 3.

“Radio Lab” is 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.

A repeat of Sunday’s broadcast will air the following Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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.

Oops – Oct. 3Oops. It’s what you say when your carefully laid plans hop the tracks. “Radio Lab” dives headlong into stories of unintended consequences — from a psychologist whose zeal to safeguard national security may have created a terrorist, to a toxic lake that, against all odds, gave birth to life.

Words – Oct. 10What would life be like without words? Without language? “Radio Lab” explores the words in our head and how they change the way we think. We talk to a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, and we ask a neurologist what happened when a stroke wiped out the language center of her brain.

Falling – Oct. 17There are so many ways to fall — falling in love, falling asleep, even falling flat on your face. In an episode full of falling music, “Radio Lab” plunges into a black hole, takes a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel, and debunks some myths about falling cats.

Cities – October 24Over 50 percent of the planet now lives in cities. “Radio Lab” looks at what makes them tick. We talk to a couple physicists who think they can fit every city into a tidy mathematical formula, and we take to the streets to test their idea. We explore the water tunnels 700 feet below Manhattan and question whether cities are the source of, or the solution for, our growing global appetite.

Fate and Fortune – Oct. 31What decides the trajectory of our lives, our successes or failures, our steps and stumbles? Do we achieve what we achieve through force of will, or does fate have us by the throat? “Radio Lab” explores the tug of war between will and fate from birth to death — from a kid reaching for a marshmallow to hints of dementia in the words of a 20 year-old.

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, Krulwich became an NPR correspondent. From 1978 to 1985, if you were listening to NPR, you heard all about business and economics fromKrulwich. 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 20,000 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