Radio Lab Season 8: Words

Each hour we take a big idea, so big that it lives everywhere, hiding in a thousand places under different names, and we chase that idea, going wherever whim takes us. Along the way, hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich interview, argue, imagine, and discover the hidden connections that make this idea so surprisingly powerful. And the sounds you hear are as new and startling as the ideas we explore. It's Technicolor radio. Radiolab is produced by WNYC, New York and distributed by National Public Radio.

It's almost impossible to imagine a world without words. What would life be like without language? Radiolab asks a neurologist what happened when a stroke wiped out her words, and talks to a woman who taught a 27-year-old man sign language...and the first words of his life.

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