Ghosts, ghouls, shades from the past, in this episode of Radiolab, real-life people try to pin down, and make peace with, mysterious figures that haunt them. One man finds a way to put the beatdown on his personal bogey man, a dead monk spurs a king to build a perfect prayer machine, an unknown face launches a thousand dummies (and actually, a whole lot more than that), and a skeptic goes on a one-way to journey to find out whether spirits exist.
Host Bios and Press
* Jad Abumrad is the host and producer of Radiolab, and a 2011 MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow. Before Radiolab, Jad was an independent reporter, producer and documentary-maker for a variety of local and national programs, and was a member of the team that launched The Next Big Thing. Jad has written music for films and studied music composition and creative writing at Oberlin College.
Robert Krulwich specializes in making complicated news about anything -- science, economics, politics -- easy to grasp through visual and dramatic analogies. He is currently a Science Correspondent for NPR, and is the author of the "NPR Sciencey Blog" Krulwich Wonders.