Radiolab

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The walls are closing in, you've got no way out... and then, suddenly, you escape! This hour, stories about traps, getaways, perpetual cycles, and staggering breakthroughs.

We kick things off with a true escape artist--a man who’s broken out of jail more times than anyone alive. We try to figure out why he keeps running... and whether he will ever stop. Then, the ingeniously simple question that led Isaac Newton to an enormous intellectual breakthrough: why doesn’t the moon fall out of the sky? In the wake of Newton's new idea, we find ourselves in a strange space at the edge of the solar system, about to cross a boundary beyond which we know nothing. Finally, we hear the story of a blind kid who freed himself from an unhappy childhood by climbing into the telephone system, and bending it to his will.

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.

Guests: 

Edward Dolnick, Ann Druyan, Phil Lapsley, Ben Montgomery and Merav Opher

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