I don’t know why I ever stopped listening to Radiolab podcasts. They consistently provide an hour of interesting and informative stories about subjects that I (and probably you) would have never thought about otherwise. Every time I listen I am supplied with numerous fun anecdotes, which I then regergetate to all of my friends until I run out of people to talk to (this usually doesn’t take very long).
Are you in need of some conversation-starters for all of the holiday shindigs you’ve been invited to? Give these podcasts a listen and you will most certainly be the life of the party. Take this one:
Death Mask: Remember the Resusci Annie doll from CPR class? Did you know that the doll’s face is modeled after an actual person? This Radiolab SHORT (only 18 minutes) is about its origin story. AWESOME!
Patient Zero: From the web site: We start with the story of perhaps the most iconic Patient Zero of all time: Typhoid Mary. Then, we dive into a molecular detective story to pinpoint the beginning of AIDS, and we re-imagine the moment the virus that caused the global pandemic sprang to life. After that, we’re left wondering if you can trace the spread of an idea the way you can trace the spread of a disease. In the end, we find ourselves faced with a choice between competing claims about the origin of the high five. And we come to a perfectly sensible, thoroughly disturbing conclusion about the nature of the universe … all by way of the cowboy hat. FASCINATING! Especially the stories about AIDS and the high five!
This was, by far, my nerdiest blog post.