Radiolab Makes Science Accessible to Students

by Liane Freeman

What happens when a chimp is raised by humans from birth? Do cities have their own unique measurable pulse? Does nature have a preference for certain numbers?

These are just a few of the questions tackled on the equally thought provoking and entertaining program Radiolab by WYNC. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the show explores a wide range of scientific and philosophical topics in a format rich with interviews, archival footage, and field recordings, which are all tied together by lush soundscapes produced by Abumrad.

The program stands out with its high production quality and approachable language, which avoids unnecessary technical and scientific terms and jargon that can be difficult to understand for young listeners. Teachers can use the program to illustrate how scientists approach tough and complex questions, and demonstrates how the scientific method and critical thinking can be used to demystify and explain the world around us.

Radiolab is broadcast through National Public Radio (NPR), and is available for free in streaming and podcast formats at

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