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    BONUS: Radiolab Scavenger Hunt

    The question we get more than any other here at Radiolab is “Where do all those stories come from?”  Today, for the first time ever, we divulge our secret recipe for story-finding.  Veteran Radiolab story scout Latif Nasser takes our newest producer Rachael Cusick along for what he calls “the world’s biggest scavenger hunt.”  Together, they’ll make you want to bake some cookies and find some true stories.  But we can’t find, much less tell, true stories without you. Find it in yourself to donate and help us make another year of this possible. It's a choice only you can make. Radiolab.org/support

     

    Here are story-finding resources mentioned in this episode:

    The World's Biggest Scavenger Hunt: Latif's Transom post on story scouting

    Google Alerts: Set up your own!

    Wikipedia Random Article: Play wiki roulette by clicking "random article" in the far-left column

    WorldCat: to find where a book exists in a library near you

    ArchiveGrid: to search libraries' special collections and oral histories

    Trade Publications: Search for trade magazines by industry

    Cusick Cookies: Rachael's cookie recipe...you're welcome.

     

     


  • Posted on 29 Dec 2018

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    A Clockwork Miracle

    As legend goes, in 1562, King Philip II needed a miracle. So he commissioned one from a highly-skilled clockmaker. In this short, a king's deal with God leads to an intricate mechanical creation, and Jad heads to the Smithsonian to investigate. 

    When the 17-year-old crown prince of Spain, Don Carlos, fell down a set of stairs in 1562, he threw his whole country into a state of uncertainty about the future. Especially his father, King Philip II, who despite being the most powerful man in the world, was helpless in the face of his heir's terrible head wound. When none of the leading remedies of the day--bleeding, blistering, purging, or drilling--helped, the king enlisted the help of a relic...the corpse of a local holy man who had died 100 years earlier. Then, Philip II promised that if God saved his son, he'd repay him with a miracle of his own.

    Elizabeth King, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, describes how--according to legend--Philip II held up his end of the bargain with the help of a renowned clockmaker and an intricate invention. Jad and Latif head to the Smithsonian to meet curator Carlene E. Stephens, who shows them the inner workings of a nearly 450-year-old monkbot. 

     

     

    This episode was reported by Latif Nasser. 

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  • Posted on 28 Dec 2018

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    Apologetical

    How do you fix a word that’s broken? A word we need when we bump into someone on the street, or break someone’s heart. In our increasingly disconnected secular world, “sorry” has been stretched and twisted, and in some cases weaponized. But it’s also one of the only ways we have to piece together a sense of shared values and beliefs. Through today's sea of sorry-not-sorries, empty apologies, and just straight up non-apologies, we wonder what it looks like to make amends.

    The program at Stanford that Leilani went through (and now works for) was a joint creation between Stanford and Lee Taft. Find out more here: www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/patient-family-resources/pearl

    This episode was reported by Annie McEwen and was produced by Annie McEwen and Simon Adler. 

    Special thanks to Mark Bressler, Nancy Kielty, and Patty Walters. 

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  • Posted on 21 Dec 2018

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    UnErased: Smid

    Today on Radiolab, we're playing the fourth and final episode of a series Jad worked on called UnErased: The history of conversion therapy in America.

    Imagine... You’re openly gay. Then, you become the leader of the largest ex-gay organization and, under your leadership, many lives are destroyed. You leave that organization, come out as gay - again - and find love. Do you deserve to be happy? This is a story of identity, making amends and John Smid’s reckoning with his life. 

    UnErased is a series with Focus Features, Stitcher and Limina House in conjunction with the feature film, BOY ERASED. Special thanks go out to the folks at Anonymous Content for their support of UnErased. 

    If you want to hear the whole series, you can find UnErased in all the usual podcast places. 
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  • Posted on 28 Nov 2018

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    UnErased: Dr. Davison and the Gay Cure

    Today on Radiolab, we're playing part of a series that Jad worked on called UnErased: The history of conversion therapy in America.

    The episode we're playing today, the third in the series, is one of the rarest stories of all: a man who publicly experiences a profound change of heart. This is a profile of one of the gods of psychotherapy, who through a reckoning with his own work (oddly enough in the pages of Playboy magazine), becomes the first domino to fall in science’s ultimate disowning of the “gay cure.”

    UnErased is a series with Focus Features, Stitcher and Limina House in conjunction with the feature film, BOY ERASED. Special thanks go out to the folks at Anonymous Content for their support of UnErased. 

    If you want to hear the whole series, you can find UnErased in all the usual podcast places. 
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  • Posted on 22 Nov 2018

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