If you’ve ever lost someone, or watched a medical drama in the last 15 years, you’ve probably heard of The Five Stages of Grief. They’re sort of the world’s worst consolation prize for loss. But last year, we began wondering… Where did these stages come from in the first place? Turns out, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. But the story is much, much more complicated than that. Those stages of grieving? They actually started as stages of dying. After learning that, producer Rachael Cusick tumbled into a year-long journey through the life and work of the incredibly complicated and misunderstood woman who single-handedly changed the way all of us face dying, and the way we deal with being left behind. Special Note: Our friends over at Death Sex and Money have put together a very special companion to this story, featuring Rachael talking about this story with her grandmother.  Check it out here. This episode was reported and produced by Rachael Cusick, with production help from Carin Leong. This story wouldn’t have been possible without the folks you heard from in the episode, and the many, many people who touched this story, including: Anne Adams, Andrew Aronson, Audrey Gordon, Barbara Hogenson, Basit Qari, Bill Weese, Bob McGan, Carey Gauzens, Clifford Edwards, Cristina McGinniss, Dorothy Holinger, Frank Ostaseski, Ira Byock, Jamie Munson, Jessica Weisberg, Jillian Tullis, Joanna Treichler, Jonathan Green, Ken Bridbord, Ladybird Morgan, Laurel Braitman, Lawrence Lincoln, Leah Siegel, Liese Groot, Linda Mount, Lyn Frumpkin, Mark Kuczewski, Martha Twaddle, Peter Nevraumont, Rosalie Roder, Sala Hilaire, Stefan Haupt, Stephanie Riley, Stephen Connor, and Tracie Hunte. Special thanks to all the folks who shared music for this episode, including: Lisa Stoll, who shared her Alpine horn music with us for this episode. You can hear more of her music here. Cliff Edwards, who shared original music from Deanna Edwards. The Martin Hayes Quartet, who shared the last bit of music you hear in the piece that somehow puts a world of emotion into one beautiful tune. And an extra special thank you to the folks over at Stanford University - Ben Stone, David Magnus, Karl Lorenz, Maren Monsen -  the caretakers of Elisabeth’s archival collection who made it possible to rummage through their library from halfway across the country. You can read more about the collection here. To learn more about Elisabeth and the folks who are furthering her work, you can visit the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation website here. Support Radiolab by becoming a member today at Radiolab.org/donate.  

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Used to be greatI'm sure other reviews have covered this. The show used to be a wonderful awe inspiring look into a wide range of topics. Today the show it's mostly focused on left leaning talking points, appearing to sound unbiased around them but failing to do so. This content is well produced and sometimes interesting but now it's just the glut of content Radiolab puts out. It's when I leave the show running and I hear a really old episode that I think, oh cool. Then I look at the episode number and am saddened that this is the way things were, not how they are going to be. It was nice while it lasted, listen to any of it past November 2016 and this husk of a show will drain your goodwill..Score: 2/5

AmazingThe first podcast I really got into and still the best..Score: 5/5

Fun AND intellectually engaging :DLove the way they interweave the interviews, music, and sound effects. Every episode is sure to make me smile at some point. Thank you RadioLab team!.Score: 5/5

Love itRadiolaria is fab - I love it!.Score: 5/5

Awesome showsThis is my longest listen to podcast. great content. They do try to follow current affairs which is great if your american..Score: 5/5

The gold standard of podcastALWAYS interesting. NEVER disappointing..Score: 5/5

Top drawerSimply great journalism about things that matter. Jad, Robert and the team intelligently investigate and dissect meaningful topics from a fresh perspective, informing you of what the true picture actually looks like. Broad based and unbiased. Fantastic - just download it and listen..Score: 5/5

A dim BritI have always listened to the show on Radio 4 on a Sunday evening in the UK. I was so excited to find the pod cast. It goes back to 2015 so I have hours and hours of listening. I’m not very bright but absolutely love this program and I’m sure some of the information must be soaking in. Incredibly thought provoking and wonderful. Thank you.Score: 5/5

The podcast I started withThe podcast I started with listening to podcasts :) even if now I have much more in my library, I keep Radiolab and check regularly..Score: 5/5

Gone off trackWith Krulwich a great foil to Jad, the new presenters, especially Latif, just sound a bit too processed. Latif in particular when excited will use the word ‘like’, every other word. It’s a false narrative and annoying to the ear. Earlier shows used to be an X-factor building up the story, but recently politics are all to domineering when being neutral. That has to be down to Jad..Score: 3/5

Incredible podcastingLiterally my favourite podcast. The storytelling is sooo well done, the content is interesting and varied, and the presenters are wonderful to listen to. Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

Unraveling Bolero - a must listenHi Radiolab. Many thanks for Unraveling Bolero. My Mum has Dementia and to learn that as her mobility and communication suffers, other parts of her brain are opening up to new activity is a reminder that we are all so adaptive. Bolero is a joyful and uplifting tune, but on this occasion I was in tears. Always learning - thanks Team Radiolab. Glyn..Score: 5/5

Best everFavourite podcast ever.Score: 5/5

The other LatifStarted listening to ‘The Other Latif’ on recommendation. Tbh, its disappointing. Its not really about the Latif detained in Guantanamo, its about the host and his experience of sharing the same name. Obviously well researched and produced but ultimately it doesn’t add anything of value to the poor guy’s case to be freed and feels more like a vehicle for the producers to talk about themselves..Score: 2/5

A decline in RadiolabIt’s rather sad, I have been listening to Radiolab for college. There is a definite decline in the quality of the stories told. There are still sometimes really good ones, but it’s just not the same. I have been paying Radiolab every month as soon as I got a stable income, it’s been 5 years now I’m wondering if I should continue..Score: 2/5

AmazingAbsolutely amazing.Score: 5/5

LatifPhenomenal..Score: 5/5

Long time listener first time callerHave listened for 13 years since this kept me company when our baby was awake all night. Still wonderfully polished but the new hosts and editing where they talk over and summarise guests is deeply grating. Keep rotating hosts until you find the magic of RK again. That aside thanks for all the great work you do.Score: 4/5

Fantastic podcast!!!Making learning fun.Score: 5/5

5* catalogue but getting worse.The old stuff amazing and incredibly interesting. Definitely worth listening back. The new stuff is a bit unexciting and seems forced..Score: 4/5

Love itSending thanks for smart and savie pods.Score: 5/5

WonderfulI was skeptical when my lecturer recommended this to me since I love podcasts but this is awesome. Beautifully scripted stories. I am so glad to have come across you guys. Good job!.Score: 5/5

Lost its magicRadiolab used to be a great, accessible show featuring science and art. But over the past year it’s become overly-sentimental and only explores US politics..Score: 3/5

Blue church theologyYour weekly blue church sermon. Antiscientific, stupid and wrong..Score: 1/5

The bestThat’s it! It’s simply the best..Score: 5/5

Such a shameThis used to be a fantastic podcast - stories were fascinating and told really well. Now everything is being approached with a political agenda in mind and turned to a biased rubbish. Unsubscribing with a heavy heart, but time’s too precious to be wasted on this :(.Score: 2/5

Past it's use by dateRadio Lab used to be really good, up until a year ago. It now covers more left leaning social issues rather than any real scientific bent. The show is a shadow of it's formal self and is rather boring now. The sister podcast "More Perfect" is following the same path. There must have been a change of management I guess? Or maybe that's where the money is, reporting on the same social issues we here time, after time, after time in the news.Score: 1/5

Fear mongering propagandistsAfter listening to radiolab for over 10yrs and really enjoying it to the point I donated it pains me to say this podcast is riddled with fear mongering lies. Just because it sounds good and the presenters are amenable doesn’t mean what they say is not damaging to the whole of humanity. They are deep state channelers who take the truth, cut out 75%, replace with 75% lies and then dress it up as sexy podcasts - they should be ashamed of what they have done and they are are about to be taken down by their listeners. Shame on you all, forgiveness will be a bitter pill for me to swallow, however, I understand why you all sold out... your protection has been lifted. Godspeed..Score: 1/5

BrilliantInsightful, witty, clever, well research, absolutely awesome podcast!.Score: 5/5

I miss KrulwichShow is boring and only ever covers twitter topics now he's gone.Score: 5/5

Creative, relatable science contentI just love Radiolab’s philosophy on the delivery of science - the thrill of discovery is always palpable. There’s a heart of humanity and relatability at the core of every episode, with brilliant sound design, storytelling, personality and humour. If you think science is dry and boring, they beg to differ and we their listeners get to immerse ourselves in these beautifully crafted science stories. Every episode is an absolute pleasure..Score: 5/5

FantasticVaried and brilliant! The Gonad series is a top recommendation.Score: 5/5

Always the bestMy favourite podcast. Production is on another level..Score: 5/5

My Happy Place.A friend introduced me to this podcast and I’m thrilled they did. Radio Lab provides wonderful content, production and delivery. Thank you for the mind candy and congratulations on a job very well done..Score: 5/5

Too politicalThis used to be a fantastic, well produced podcast but has developed a new focus on social issues and eye-rollingly tedious identity stuff in the last few years and has a pronounced left wing bias. There are still great episodes every so often but some of the episodes now don’t really deserve the name radio lab. Stick to the science like you used to and keep this political silliness out of your laboratory please!.Score: 2/5

Brilliant, old and newI keep coming back for the older episodes! Keep up the great work! Love from Nepal..Score: 5/5

Integral.Shedding light on some of the most pivotal topics of our time. Well researched, well presented. And portrayed with a beautiful sound scape..Score: 5/5

Changed my lifeThis podcast has seen me through my darkest days and has helped me find inspiration in places where I’d never have looked. It’s just the best..Score: 5/5

Missing Krulwich more than everI would say I have missed the dry wit and insight provided by Robert Krulwich a lot since his departure, and although newer episodes are still interesting and well researched, the new hosts somehow seem too similar to Jad to give the show a similar bubbling chemistry without RK’s input, but maybe that’s just me. Also, wasn’t this a science podcast? It seems more like a social history podcast these days. That’s interesting stuff but the remit seems very different..Score: 3/5

Brilliant!The first podcast I ever reallt got into. The production is so high quality and it delivers science in a way that I (a non-scientist who's always studied humanities) understands. Something for everyone!.Score: 5/5

Amazes me every timeEvery time I listen to a podcast I am suddenly engaged in an enthralling story, most often about something that I didn’t know I didn’t know before hand. Yet I want to learn more afterwards. I don’t have the words to describe what a wonderful podcast this is with it’s amazing team..Score: 5/5

InspiringI work in the arts and find Radiolab a valuable source of inspiration. Many artist friends feel the same way. I haven’t yet found a program that so consistently inspires. My sincere thanks, Ben.Score: 5/5

Not what it used to be...I started listening to radiolab a few years ago and always found the podcasts to be very informative and intereresting. However in the last year or so RadioLab (and the More Perfect spin off) has almost solely focused on issues and stories that are obviously being driven by the politics of the editors to the overall detriment of the podcast..Score: 1/5

The other Latif should win multiple awardsGreat podcast - giving me new ways to consume stories other than the quick news of mass media. Extremely well though out and provocative. Thank you guys for all your hard work on these stories!.Score: 5/5

IncredibleLife is a better place with RADIOLAB a part of it. Most emotive, clever & aspirational Radio show to date. There are brilliant Podcasts then there's this. It will leave you wanting more and more. Absolute genius. ^^^ That was a few years ago. However it’s gone downhill since RKs departure & why there not sticking to science is beyond me..Score: 3/5

One of my all time favouritesI took a hiatus from RadioLab for a few years as the content seemed to dry up a bit or turn so political I lost the ability to stomach the constant barrage of political issues. I’ve just listened to the EscapeEscape episode, and I realised why I love this show so much. I’ve been a listener for the last 10 years because this podcast is my escape. Keep up the great work team..Score: 5/5

The gradual decline of RadiolabI’ve listened to Radiolab for several years and have made many word of mouth recommendations. It was recommended to me as ‘fertiliser for the brain’ and it served that purpose. Now, however, it feels more political. It’s becoming more sociological and less scientific. We are hearing less of Robert and more from producers. This trend started pre - Trump and reflects social movements. There is far too much virtue signalling IMO with implicit messages and sometimes explicit comment about how right-on or (pseudo) compassionate the presenters are. The border trilogy, the most recent offering, failing to adequately address the real politik, focussed disproportionately on the individual losing sight of the greater picture. This is typical of a destructive muck-raking approach of discrediting others and in particular, decision makers. This loses sight of the constructive educational brief. No wonder all our decision makers think less of doing what’s right and more of where they may be criticised. A few years ago Radiolab was a definite 5 star podcast. More Perfect is still at that level. Jad has spent too much time with his youngest child and his older child has fallen into questionable company.....Score: 3/5

Still my favourite podcastFor fascinating stories, brilliant production, and being consistently great, this podcast has yet to be bettered in my opinion. Google their '10 best radiolab episodes'...some amazing episodes on that list in particular..Score: 5/5

WordsSeamlessly brilliant..Score: 5/5

✨Still my favourite podcast ✨I’ve been listening to RadioLab for years and it still holds up to be my favourite podcast out there..Score: 5/5

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One of the bestGreat podcast. Entertaining and informative. Fantastic team of journalists..Score: 5/5

Correcting grammar makes you no friendsMore money, *fewer problems (yes, I’m that person).Score: 5/5

Please never stop.I have thus far listened to three episodes and they have all left me crying at some point or just in a state of awe about the universe and how grateful i am for this world we live in and the humanity and the people in it (and the existence of this podcast). The human stories, the scientific approach, the storytelling, its all so well done i truly have nothing to reproach. Excellent journalism on the part of the various people it took to make this podcast happen. The editing is fantastic, the quality and time and thought put into it cannot be doubted. I just want to merge with the words and the imagery i have in my head when listening to those stories. I have yet to listen to an episode that i have found to be too long or not interesting enough. Keep up the amazing work and PLEASE never stop this podcast. It is my absolute. Favorite. Thank you!!!! Love from montreal ;].Score: 5/5

Great ExecutionThe sound design, constructed narrative, and exploration of ideas on this podcast are just amazing. The episodes aren't segmented or dry like a lot of information based audio content. Pick an episode featuring a topic you are interested in, sick back, relax, and enjoy the ride..Score: 5/5

My Favorite PodcastI look forward to new releases every week and in the meanwhile, I replay episodes to tie me over. If you need to be convinced, look for the episode titled Octomom..Score: 5/5

Doesn't seem to be a focusNeither of the hosts seem to be as... Into this project as they once were. It's just not the quality it once was..Score: 2/5

BesttttThis is my favourite pod. By far the best in its class. Top notch journalism, top notch guys covering absolutely fascinating topics in a brilliant way. Thank you radio lab for your incredible work..Score: 5/5

So greatIt’s so wonderful to have this on in the background. I appreciate the way they break down the science in an entertaining way..Score: 5/5

AmazingLove the narration quite unique.Score: 5/5

My favourite podcast of all timeRadiolab is the podcast that made me get into podcasts! Every episode is intriguing and I love Jad and Robert.Score: 5/5

Archives are the only plusRadio lab used to be a very well produced and interesting product, but those days seem to be in the rear view mirror at this point. The quality of the presenters is abysmal; specifically in the lack of clear punctuation and tight cadence. The communication style is that of an under informed, over socialized sophomore with an un-earned sense of sophistication... brutal! The reporting style has become completely infested with ideological bias to the point of predictability, which completely removes the magic of discovery alongside the host. In short, this once enjoyable podcast has been hollowed out by ideologues with the shallowest of intellectual integrity. Yet another victim of the mind virus that is currently sweeping the arts and media....Score: 2/5

Like I really like it. Like.I truly enjoy the thoughtful content. Radiolab is one of the smartest podcasts. If you would police the use of the word of “like” (it’s on the verge of becoming a drinking game for heavy drinkers). Otherwise I thoroughly enjoy the podcast..Score: 5/5

Raise the barI’ve been a listener for years and recommended this podcast to many, but have become disappointed by the erosion of actual listenability that has occurred since, well, Robert left. The journalistic content has not lessened, it’s the presentation I literally find difficult to listen to. Gone are any standards for pronunciation, quality of voice (I think it’s called vocal fry?), and all the duhs huhs ums that are squelched in radio journalism schools have made listening to this podcasts a trial. I truly hope the producers take this critique seriously and I can add this show back onto my updates..Score: 2/5

No thanksRadio Lab was my favorite podcast for years. I donated to a foreign NPR because it meant so much to me. Radio Lab lost their way when political reporting absconded with their discussion..Score: 1/5

Love.Can't get enough. The other Latif was so interesting. I hope he gets set free. Can’t wait to hear more from you Latif..Score: 5/5

Worth the listen!Octomom... 🥺 Favourite episode yet!! But really, I like all of them. Definitely in my top ten favourite podcasts..Score: 5/5

Had a bun wad 🍑Used to be one of the best podcasts around. Makes seemingly boring topics interesting. Learn things you didn't know you didn't know about. 🤹‍♂️ Lately kind of lost its way. Not very interesting anymore sadly..Score: 3/5

Accessible but dumbed downI like the show, the subjects are interesting and they go in depth. I would prefer less sound effects and it often sounds like they are addressing kids. I prefer other science shows for that reason..Score: 4/5

Always something interestingI’ve been listening to these podcasts for years now and I always learning something worth thinking about. Thx.Score: 5/5

Used to be greatIt seems like this podcast has lost its brains. Cohesive narrative/structure has been replaced with aimless chatter. Discussion is generally shallow without thought-provoking questions. Anything verging on intellectual is painfully over-explained..Score: 1/5

Must listenFantastic show. Always get to learn something new. Smart, well thought out..Score: 5/5

My favourite podcast.Radiolab is the key to getting the general public more connected with the scientific community, and that is exactly what this society needs. The sound effects, edits, and enthusiasm that goes into every episode make learning about every topic fun and exciting..Score: 5/5

A classicConsistently great production, journalism, dialogue and coverage of interesting topics are just some of the reasons why Radiolab continues to have such a significant fan base. While I don’t get into every episode, when they get it right, it’s amazing and I’ll sometimes be thinking about it throughout the week. I have been coming back to Radiolab less lately because a lot of the recent episodes have been much more focused on political or current events. Unlike other commenters, I don’t have any issue with the values expressed. Rather, I find the world so entrenched in political rhetoric right now so it’s refreshing to find a place on the internet where I can just hear about remarkable human interest stories, learn about natural phenomena or quirky historical events..Score: 4/5

Favourite PodcastI started listening to Radio Lab in 2014/2015 and I have been an avid listener ever since. This is radio journalism in it’s finest form. The team at Radio Lab explore meaningful and interesting topics and turn out a final product that is masterfully scored and immensely captivating. I would highly recommend this podcast, it’s actually the best!!!.Score: 5/5

Great stories,well toldAs I recommend episodes of Radiolab, I’m always amazed at how usual the stories are and unpredictably (in a good way) they resolve themselves..Score: 5/5

Jad and the entire team is just rad!!Boy! you guys are something else. Thank you ,thank you and thank you. Can’t wait for more on Latif by Latif. Such great work guys. The 5 + 1 bonus episode is the best piece of work I have come across. No television show, movie or documentary comes close. I hope it manifests into something great and justice is served to our guy waiting to get back to his family. Also, I miss Rob!! Darren(Toronto).Score: 5/5

Jordan Peterson misrepresentationI’ve been a long time listener of the podcast and my background is in genetics and Neurosciences. I really enjoy radio lab and I think it’s a great podcast for people to download and listen to a scientific fact told through stories by amazing people with really high production value. However I was really disappointed with the way Jordan Peterson was represented and how his ideas were almost called sexist and racist without no facts behind it and just 10 second parts of him talk. I’m sure maybe you guys don’t agree with what he says but seriously labeling him instead of having a conversation is the problem in the first place. Thanks for the great podcasts through out the years..Score: 5/5

Informative and so much fun!I LOVE this podcast, amazing fun format and sound editing; great hosts and guests, quirky and simply addictive! Thank you for all the hard work so that someone like me on the other side of the world can enjoy it..Score: 5/5

Dark Side of the Earth. AmazingThe absolute best shared astronaut experiences. Not how water stays in balls and pissing in diapers. Profound views of a Earth and what it is really like out there..Score: 5/5

My Favourite PodcastWithout a doubt, consistently my favourite podcast. I would rather listen to a new Radio Lab episode than watch a tv show, it’s that freaking good..Score: 5/5

Tragic loss of directionI was an avid listener for years, interesting topics and well presented. Jad held it together. Then they started putting the writers and producers on the show, talking. Uptalk, verbal fry, overuse if the words “like” and “y’know”as punctuation, and social justice agenda overwhelmed the content. Extremely disappointing that this podcast is now dull and pandering in addition to being unlistenable. I no longer recommend it to my friends, and am deleting it from my library..Score: 1/5

Incredible PodcastIncredible podcast- absolutely love every episode! They take big, complicated subjects and make them easy to understand, entertaining and thought provoking. They do an amazing job of researching stories and bringing in the right people to share their stories. I always think the episode for hours/days after listening to it! Really appreciate it! Bottom line- just listen to it!.Score: 5/5

Great podcastAmazing legendary podcast for all interests. Give it a listen..Score: 5/5

MehWas Great, Then Good, Now it’s just okay :/.Score: 1/5

My favourite podcastThis has got to be my all time favourite podcast. Such a good balance of storytelling, information, and art. I truly think the music+audio production(?) is artful. Keep it up!.Score: 5/5

Used to be great, too political nowRadiolab used to have really fascinating stories but with Jad at the helm they've just turned into another left-wing agenda-driven podcast that mainly focuses on whatever is the latest outrage du jour. So disappointing. I've been a loyal listener for years but have lost interest the past few months..Score: 1/5

Super SJW Podcast /Politically Correct 🤦‍♂️This podcast used to be very good, and full of quality content. It has taken such a terrible turn for worst by being ultra SJW! All about “white privilege” and other gross modern day nonsense. So disappointing!.Score: 1/5

All Time Favourite!Radiolab is, and always has been, the PREMIER podcast. My only minor complaint is I wish they told you when they were replaying old episodes verses when it’s new (just so I don’t get 10 minutes in and feel disappointed when I realize I’ve already heard it)..Score: 5/5

Very goodGood I like all the episodes and you all do a great job! Keep it up!.Score: 5/5

You are more interesting after you listen to Radio LabYou simply must listen to this podcast. You must. Such great stories about how we got here as a people/planet/universe/math problem, what we do today as such, and where we may be going... Life is weird adventure, you want Radio Lab as a co-pilot..Score: 5/5

The BestFrom the biggest fan of earth, congratulations for your podcast. Since you came into my life I am smarter, more confident on my knowledge, stronger in my opinions, more beautiful because of my confidence. I am grateful for your existence 🏆🥇👏🏻.Score: 5/5

AmazingI’ve loved listening to this podcast for a few years now and the recent episode, Nina, was filled with such emotion. Thank you....Score: 5/5

Always interestingI am always whisked away on the stories that are told in this podcast. Even if it doesn’t seem like something I’d be into from the title- upon listening I find myself fascinated by the content..Score: 5/5

Amazing!Incredible storytelling and reporting..Score: 5/5

PretentiousA podcast by a group of pretentious people enamoured with themselves. Complex ideas are presented in poetic and misleading ways..Score: 1/5

Toutes ces chosesL’épisode Things est un des grands moments de ce podcast que j’écoute depuis des années. La sensibilité, l’humour, la connivence entre les deux animateurs et leur capacité à s’émerveiller encore et encore de toutes ces choses font de ces heures d’écoute un moment souvent parfait!.Score: 5/5

My personal favourite podcastYou guys at Radiolab are so awesome. Your episodes are so informative and entertaining. Keep up the amazing work!!.Score: 5/5

Interesting Content With Abhorrent EditingIt’s unfortunate how fascinating some of these guests and discussion are because their conversations are ruined completely by the superfluous abhorrent editing. Unnecessary cuts, sound effects, and chopped up sentences make this podcast incomprehensible and excruciating to listen to..Score: 1/5

“What up Holmes” best episode everThis episode was a great history lesson and so thought provoking in free speech and especially in giving me provoked thoughts in applying this information into my personal and professional interactions. Being right of wrong? Who knows? Like you said in the episode, who regulates the marketplace? The search for right or wrong is negated in just participating in the experiment. The hypothesis may not get the expected results. Being open to those results will help the next hyposthesis and then the next hypothesis for the next experiment. Thank you so much!!!!.Score: 5/5

Amazing show, but why limit episodes?Everything about this show deserves 5 stars. One of the most interesting, well-produced, consistently enjoyable shows I have heard. However, I can’t in good conscience give a show 5 stars that deletes episodes as new ones are released. Especially, as in the case of this one, when old episodes are still available to be downloaded from the show’s website. I spent the better part of a day downloading old episodes, adding them to iTunes, entering the title and release date for each one (so they will sort and show up properly in the list), and syncing them to my phone. Maybe there is a reason why only 150 episodes are available here, but if so, I don’t understand why..Score: 4/5

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Harry Pace series amazingProfound and powerful, just like music should be. Excellent sound design too. Highly recommended..Score: 5/5

SuperbRadioLab has always been on the top of my favorite podcasts because of its high production quality but the latest episode, “The Queen of Dying” knocked it out of the park. The story was engaging, informative, with unpredictable twists and turns, and deeply personal from the beginning to the end. Amazing reporting! After I sent a link to my friends, I received a very concerned “Are you ok?” back. I replied “Better then ever! Listening to RadioLab”. Lol.Score: 5/5

I love youRadio lab is the best I always look forward to it..Score: 5/5

Current affairs talk shopI’m saddened to have to write that Radiolab is no longer an intriguing podcast asking all sorts of science questions but rather turned into a current affairs talk shop in recent months. Not much more in depth than any news channel..Score: 2/5

So wish you would bring back you old, original radio labsSo wish you would bring back the original radio labs that made me fall in love with the program - The wonderful report between Robert and yourself; the pure respect/love you had for each other, the arguments, the pure love of the hidden/unexplored world …the bantering - the laughter. And the radio labs that were NOT purely SoCial/human being driven - the ones the were about nature; about life About the world and everything in it and outside of it! Now all we hear are stories on human beings and the same stuff that everyone else carries or discusses.. to this day, when I think of radiolab, the stories that robery and you fought about why/if, cats falling, land of their feet, the amazing stories of Oliver sacks, the stories of fungus, extinction, the Galápagos Islands. Where is that energy now??? Instead everything is about human beings, social issues, etc. There is no chemistry between those who talk and instead of anything amazing and fresh, we get full episodes of other people pod casts- And worst, no one can ever listen to the stories that made radiolab because you have permanently archived all the good stuff and there is no chance of listening to all the things that brought us into living radiolab - personally I believe you are going to lose a lot of your base and they will move in trying to find something else that may make them feel the pure wonder of the world..Score: 4/5

Really?I loved listening to Robert and Jad-brilliant duo! After Robert exited, I have not heard a single episode that I enjoy hearing based on why I started listening to this show. I’m patiently waiting for another SCIENCE related episode but close to leaving this podcast to the politically charged audience they’ve captivated, and finding something else..Score: 2/5

Podcast goldThe Radiolab crew + John McWhorter at the piano = gold (re: The Vanishing of Harry Pace).Score: 5/5

Harry PaceVery good series! Well done! Now I gotta listen to Radio Lab more..Score: 5/5

Freedom of Speech episodeBy far. the very BEST work I’ve heard on RadioLab! Kudos!.Score: 1/5

When did Radioblab get tho lithpy?Perhaps my favorite aspect of Rlab has always been its careful attention to sound. In its catalogue are perhaps the most beautifully sculpted sonic works of story + music ever created. Which is why in a recent episode it was surprising to hear such a sloppy editing job on the narration - specifically with the de-esser. It really took me out of the episode. Apart from this lack of quality control in the editing phase, the content of the recent eps has been excellent..Score: 4/5

Poor Articulation, Worse Acting.Listened to one episode, got to 40 unwarranted uses of the word “like” and couldn’t do it anymore. The acting between the two females is awful. One acts in a manner which suggests she has no idea what’s going on, and the other telling the story has about the same level of knowledge and understanding as the former. Editing does not help this production..Score: 1/5

XListener since 2016, wanted to say thank you. The show, your voices, makes my world more vital more nuanced and less lonely. Queen of Dying and Harry Pace in the last month~ both such gifts.Score: 5/5

Go Woke, Go BrokeThis show used to be great! Very sad to see a subject as fascinating as the breath, be turned into political charade..Score: 1/5

RIP TomRachel told an incredible story … i am so touched. Beautiful..Score: 5/5

Lost its edgeRadiolab was THE only podcast I used to listen to on my walks. Since Robert left and Jad handed off the keys to the current cast, there hasn't been a single story that has captured my imagination. I stopped listening all together since the 'Breath' episode and the ones prior to that I either stopped listening within few minutes or didn't even download it. In its current form and content, sadly Radiolab has become just another brick in the wall. We need Robert and Jad to take back the helm and restore Radiolab to the gem it was amidst plethora of nonsensical, dumbed down and shallow stuff that's out there. In nostalgic moments I am digging up for my favorite classic episodes such as the one about the Voyager, the guy who out of nowhere started painting brilliant landscapes due to mental illness. And last but not least - the powerful series on Supreme Court decisions. I learned more about USSC from that series than I ever could have imagined! The Commerce Clause !!!.Score: 3/5

If you only had one…I have a lot of podcast subscriptions (really, it’s A LOT), but this is the best one. No joke. Listen with good headphones..Score: 5/5

Bravo 5 star seriesBrilliant series Thank you sooooo much.Score: 5/5

Like, this formerly great podcast has, like, become, you know, like, unlistenableListen to Search Party and try to count the number of times “like” is said. I lost count around 345. Some short sentences had up to 6 “likes.” You guys are journalists and your medium is the spoken word. The standards are so low now..Score: 1/5

Best podcast ever (its not close)Ive listened for 6 years now and it has never ceased to amaze me how interesting and high quality the episodes are.Score: 5/5

What happened to RadioLab?1st off, I want to say...I LOVE RadioLab overall. I’ve been listening for probably 15 years now, and it is THE podcast that got me into listening to spoken word audio. If anyone asked me what is your favorite podcast of all time, the answer is a no brainer, “RadioLab!” However recently, the themes of the shows and stories have been severely disappointing. For some reason RadioLab has strayed from the roots that made it the greatest radio show / podcast of all time, and taken up the SJW torch. For instance the episode about Dolly, what was that!? You were trying so hard to fly that episode under the banner of feminism, even though Dolly herself said that it wasn’t her jam….(that’s called narrative, not truth) the fight of Truth vs Narrative (aka the culture war) is a fight for the very heart of our society…and unfortunately Radiolab is now on the Narrative team and not the truth team..Score: 1/5

Bring back Robert and the scienceUsed to be a very informative podcast.Score: 1/5

Needs to be tighter.Harry pace story is all over the place with 50 people talking. Not necessarily hard to follow as just meandering and annoying. Sorry I wanted to know more just didn’t care for the format..Score: 1/5

Amazing!The other Latif Nasser is home! 😃congratulations Your story was heard!.Score: 5/5

Too many voicesThis new format with multiple voices that often sound so anxious is irritating. When there were two hosts it was fun and interesting but the cacophony is just exhausting now. I’ve enjoyed Radiolab for years but this is enough to make me give up!.Score: 1/5

Fall of a GiantThis is one of the three shows that got me into podcasting over 10 years ago. It was a curious effort that lived up to its name and explored its topics with scientific curiosity and research. Since Robert’s departure, this once go-to of mine slowly became one more amongst the crowd of woke, narrative-based megaphones out in the podcasting world. It’s just no longer a show I feel compelled to listen to or support financially. Just not the same. And for context, no, I’m not some MAGA-toting conservative angry at the neoliberal SJW kids making noise. I’m a liberal, 30-something year old, non-religious, creative man who loves science, design, and discovery… and who used to love this show because it took deep dives into those parts of our world. But that’s no longer what this production is about. So, I’m switching the dial..Score: 1/5

Thank you for your insightful content!Longtime listener/fan and I always walk away with something to noodle on. I just finished The Queen of Dying and felt compelled to express how grateful I am for that episode (there have been others but as a person who lost a parent as a child this one spoke directly to my heart)..Score: 5/5

I want to love this.The stories and reportage are among the best in podcastdom. The psychotic production however, makes me want to gouge my eardrums out with skewers. Even as an ADD case, I dont have a short enough attention span to need the constant distractions, random interruptions, talking over each other, & cutting off others to repeat or summarize what is still in the process of being said. I go from frustrated to shouting obscenities at my speakers in 5 minutes. I wish they also made a straightforward version of this for adults..Score: 3/5

Genius!I am completely stirred by the excellent editing. The rapid pace with the amazing sound deserves broad recognition. The story of Harry Pace was very well done..Score: 5/5

Impeccable reportageI love Radio Lab as an alternative to my usual news sources. It brings in-depth reporting and insight on topics of social, scientific, historic, and humanitarian interest. The writing and editing are fun and excellent, and the personalities and good will keep me coming back..Score: 5/5

Dear RadiolabDear Radiolab, Please stop making podcasts! Let me explain. I listen to podcast every night to try and wind down to get some sleep. The goal is to start listening to a podcast and get too sleepy and fall asleep while listening. But your podcasts have ruined that because they are so dang interesting I just have to keep listening all the way through. I can tell you all work extremely hard to bring meaningful stories to listeners, it hasn’t gone unnoticed—Thank you! P.S. for real thank you all so much and NO DONT STOP MAKINGS Podcasts! I’ll just have to listen to them when I’m not trying to fall asleep❤️.Score: 5/5

Good to hear whole series on Disappearance of Harry Pace. Especislly the recent oneStory about singer at end was so eye opening. Thanks for important stories..Score: 5/5

Like thisDefinitely good show.Score: 5/5

Everyone reading this review will die.Radiolab has been one of my favorite radio shows and now podcasts for as long as I can remember. The most recent episode The Queen of Dying is one of the most enthralling and important stories the show has ever produced. Absolutely essential!.Score: 5/5

The Harry Pace report is a triumphAbsolutely love that they brought this to life. Always a pleasure to listen..Score: 5/5

Not about interesting science anymoreUsed to be good a few years ago. This show had so many interesting mind benders about science. But now the show is about whatever it wants to be about: Supreme Court cases, other legal cases, still more legal cases, and also more legal cases. It’s a garbage catch-all now bc Jad’s interests changed and he still wanted it all to be presented under the “Radiolab” label, and so Radiolab topics have veered far from interesting science, which used to make the show great. Now: Radiolab = awful..Score: 1/5

Great StorytellingAmazing storytelling about topics I didn’t know were so nuanced and fascinating.Score: 5/5

G. Unfit - Margaret SangerInteresting and sad episode. Why didn’t you mention the founder of Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger, the renowned and most famous eugenicist, during this episode? Oh that’s right, Radiolab is FAR Leftist..Score: 4/5

FBThank u for the report on hunting and conservation. So good to hear real curiosity to understand our complex world..Score: 5/5

You’ve done it againThe ever excellent crew at radiolab has outdone themselves with “harry pace”. so important, so timely, so… riveting. plays like a whodunit while filling huge gaps in history… kudos and thank you!.Score: 5/5

The only podcast I listen toIt’s the only podcast I listen to, and each episode is better than the last..Score: 5/5

I learn so much from hereNot only is it informative(which I’m sure you knew already), but I feel like I’m getting such detailed, and well researched info from a friend. The humour, cadence and the authenticity of the story telling makes it feel like the oratory cultures I’m from and accustomed too. A job well done to all…sterling stuff… 🖖🏾.Score: 5/5

Went too woke :(I’m liberal, but want balanced journalism. Went full-blown woke on us. Very bummed.Score: 1/5

I was like someone who like used to like love RadiolabThen they stopped sounding like adults and began to, like, speak like …. Like teenage wannabes. If you wrote down the dialog of some of the episodes verbatim and tried to read them, it would drive you crazy. “Like”, the all-purpose word that is a verb, an adjective, an adverb, a noun, and mostly a replacement for, “Uh…”..Score: 2/5

Bravo!My favorite Podcast so far..Score: 5/5

The best podcast out thereThis is hands down the best podcast out there right now. Excellent music and production value, high quality reporting, WIDE range of topics from space to fish to anatomy to politics. Every reporter/producer is fantastic, although I do really miss Jad and Robert as the main hosts, they’re dynamic was just *chefs kiss* and after so many years of listening, I kinda just miss their voices. I wish all the older years hadn’t been archived off of the podcast app. :( But regardless, the newer content isn’t diminished at all. Best production quality out there. My fav, everybody should give this a listen..Score: 5/5

GoodGood.Score: 5/5

Used to be greatI’m a longtime listener of the show but it’s just too boring and preachy now. They used to cover scientific discovery, now it’s obscure biographies and social commentary. Lastly, they recently aired an episode where they repeatedly said human blood is blue without oxygen, does this show even have a fact-checker anymore?.Score: 2/5

GratefulI’m so grateful to the team that researched and brought to life the stories of two amazing African American men. I’ve shared this story with my friends, people I just met in waiting rooms and salons. Thank you for sharing their legacy, tenacity, intelligence and bravery. Well done!.Score: 5/5

BreathThe Breath episode is one of the best radiolabs yet. Definitely my favorite. It was a triumph of podcasting and such a great listen. Thank you!.Score: 5/5

GoodFunny.Score: 4/5

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Like like likeHow many times can a person say “like” in a sentence, every sentence?! I had to stop half way..Score: 1/5

What happened?This used to be a great science podcast listened to every with anticipation and ...... it died. Now it is all about social issues. Fire the producer and bring back who ever did it before. Subscribe to listen to the old podcasts and rate on the current content. Maybe they will get the message.Score: 1/5

My life is so much richer and the world a better place because of this podcastSeriously.Score: 5/5

OctomomLoved it in so many ways! Highly recommended..Score: 5/5

One of the best science podcasts!!I began listening to radio lab 3 years ago, each episode is packed with insightful and amazing science facts. I would like to say thank you to the radio lab team for spurring and fuelling my passion into science. I wouldn’t be where I am today without discovering the podcast..Score: 5/5

Consistently awesomeI love Radio lab! I think it is one of the most professional, eye opening podcasts I have heard. It is my Sunday morning walk treat.... and then my family gets to hear second hand the things I learnt that day. Absolutely brilliant.Score: 5/5

Extremely good podcast ... but...A view from Australia: Without doubt one of the best produced, presented and researched podcasts out there. Trailblazers . However they lose a star for the more recent emphasis on overly Anerican content. This was the best science podcast with international appeal, but now I find myself tuning out too often . Non-Americans have little interest in the machinations of the Supreme Court, Dolly Parton & what she represents about America, and other localised content. It has limited appeal outside of the USA. Please get back on the science, you were the my favourite podcast ever back then.Score: 4/5

Blow my mindI love this podcast. How you all come up with the content is mind blowing. So clever. I really like the sound effects, audio and use of music. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone wanting to expand their mind ~ thanks for making me a better person Trudy.Score: 5/5

I love the varietyGreat show. Thanks guys 😉💖👍.Score: 5/5

GreatLiked episodes, great podcast..Score: 5/5

Over editing to the maxHave listened to Radiolab for years. The stories are solid but frequently ruined by over editing. How many voices do you need to complete a single sentence? Seemingly no limit. Hokey contrived dialogue masking as interview? Check. Over-use of music editing for dramatic effect and to keep millennials awake and focused. Check. While Robert May have been a quirky reporter in his day he now comes across as a mumbling, fumbling old fool much of the time. And this last year they tend to just regurgitate episodes from sister podcasts or inferior episodes from podcasts having no connection in content to the Radiolab brief. Past it’s prime, better podcasts out there now doing similar stuff far better.Score: 2/5

Incredible story telling and journalism.One of the best podcasts out there- simply amazing and I recommend to all my friends. Thank you to all involved in creating this, it brings me a lot of pleasure..Score: 5/5

Australia loves thisHi just a quick note to let you know how much my friends and I love your show here in Australia keep em coming.Score: 5/5

A show for real fansThis show is a breath of fresh air. I should know, I'm a true fan..Score: 5/5

Such a good showI’m so glad I found this show!!.Score: 5/5

The Rhino Episode.I feel bad for this guy because he’s so misguided and clueless. Ignorance is so sure of itself. Even funnier that the guide is Africaans. Surprise, surprise..Score: 4/5

AghEvery second word is ‘like’. I’d love to, like, listen to this but, like, I can’t actually, like, get through the sentences. Like..Score: 1/5

Always interestingAlways interesting and well produced I know I’ll love each episode as it comes up.Score: 5/5

Used to be betterSince Robert left the show seems to have been taken over by a cast of child-adults that are like totally in love with the sound of their own voices. Smarten up Radiolab! You don’t need to act like a bimbo to be popular..Score: 3/5

Genuinely incredibleI have been listening to Radiolab for over ten years, since I was in high school. It is consistently the best podcast I subscribe to, and began my love affair with the medium. Radiolab always provides considered, interesting content produced with care and pizazz, and I love it. Thank you Jad, Robert (best of luck in your new endeavours!) and the whole Radiolab team. Definitely a podcast for the curious..Score: 5/5

Great podcastsThank you all love your podcasts - esp 1918 and Ole Miss and the flag. You are providing the in depth examination of important events that is quite often missed in other media.Score: 5/5

The Other LatifI found myself crying after listening to the 6th and final instalment of “The Other Latif” - it moved me so profoundly. Well done to all involved in producing this truly important story which we will never un-hear. Radio Lab is essential listening for our times: the perfect blend of humour, creativity, curiosity and in-depth journalism. Cannot recommend highly enough!.Score: 5/5

Barbaroza1Each pod is a journey really good.. i look forward to every epp.Score: 5/5

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Duty of careHi my name is Jacki, I live in Australia and this makes me wonder about our laws we think our police are there to protect, will definitely check it out. Feeling very sad for your 2 guests and wish them all the best for their future. Thank you and keep up with the work you do I find it all very interesting listening to your show 😀👍.Score: 5/5

The first is the bestThis was the very first podcast I ever listened to many years ago. I’ve been addicted to it ever since. It is humorous, insightful and clever. I’ve passed on this fabulous show to many a friend. One day I’d like to intern for Jad and Robert. 🙏🏼.Score: 5/5

Intelligent and interestingOne of my favourite podcasts. Radiolab always delivers, with highly intelligent and fascinating stories and discussions..Score: 5/5

One of the Twin Pillars of Great American PodcastingIt's basically this and This American Life..Score: 5/5

LikeLike, I, like, like Radiolab a lot. But there were way too many, like, likes in this episode..Score: 5/5

Lowest common denominatorMeh. It’s like Bill Nye. Science dumbed down to reach a wider audience, but in doing so it loses too much..Score: 2/5

From science to politicsThis show was great a few years ago and now everything seems to be some weird political angle. New cast isn’t ideal either..Score: 1/5

Best podcast in the worldBest podcast ever made.Score: 5/5

Still blowing my mindThe first podcast I ever listened to which blew my mind with their use of sound to tell their stories. Plus the actual stories are always fascinating..Score: 5/5

Not in love with it anymoreUsed to love this show and many other US based podcasts on society/science/politics. But after the past 12 months it all seems disingenuous. The fake perkiness or alternatively, the manufactured outrage, is painful. Giving up on this whole genre..Score: 2/5

The ashes on the lawnReal insight into the long haul towards change not just for HIV but for humanity and the different roles we all play from anger to dogged determination..Score: 5/5

Unbeatable.Unparalleled, this is my favorite podcast. Remains unsurpassed..Score: 5/5

What ifThis show helped me understand the how complex American politics is and will be for some time. Well done RadioLab team! You put the science and the facts out there so we all can understand.Score: 5/5

So much moreNot just about science - about so much more! Wonderfully produced and as touching and warm as This American Life..Score: 5/5

Long time listener first time reviewerThis has to be one of the best podcast around. These guys are amazing..Score: 5/5

Can’t believe it’s freeI’ve been listening to Radiolab for years. Hands down one of the best podcasts available. I just listened to the Wubi episode and was blown away by the quality of the story. Keep up the great work!.Score: 5/5

More science!Please do more science and less politics, “colours” and “words” were absolutely brilliant. Thank you for your great work!.Score: 5/5

Thanks jad and Robert !I work a job where I work with my hands and have ample amount of time to listen to podcasts. Nothing is better than Radiolab... by far my favourite podcast. Have been listening since 2012 and still can’t wait for new episodes. I feel like the radiolab crew are my colleagues, as I hear their voices so frequently. Hands down ... you will not find a more interesting, engaging and loveable podcast anywhere !.Score: 5/5

DepressingThis show is so bleak and depressing now.Score: 1/5

Wubi.Really!? This is the best you can do. Your downward slope has been dramatic. Bring back Robert. Your stories really suck. Get some better producers.Score: 1/5

Hidden gemI don’t know how I found this podcast but I love the variety & the interesting perspectives. It is just an example of unbridled curiosity let run wild..Score: 5/5

Guaranteed to make you smileOne of my favourite ‘go to’ podcasts. Always delivers a smile and is a welcome reprieve from high-brow content!.Score: 5/5

ButtonsButtons is still one of my favourite podcast episodes of all time..Score: 5/5

Best thing ever to happen to meThis is the best podcast ever! Every podcast is interesting and relevant. Absolutely loved the mini-series G. It was so fun but also immensely impressive and I couldn’t stop listening (Listened to the series in 2 days) Keep up the amazing podcasts! Thanks guys.Score: 5/5

Every one should listen to this!!This is amazing, throughly enjoyed this pod cast. Thank you for finding this research..Score: 5/5

WaitStop being political and get back to fascinating science based stories..Score: 4/5

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Rkw12n Radiolab: The Queen of Dying couldn’t die in peace herself. When faced with her own death, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was pissed off. So how….Score: 5/5

ShellspdxWell_cello Radiolab I listened to that yesterday. Weird and interesting at the same time. Never.Would. I..Score: 5/5

DaryaftLongformYou can’t spell both #jadabumrad and #radiolab without #rad JadAbumrad #vanishingofharrypace #freshair #terrygross… .Score: 5/5

ElSangitoOnce you produce or even just listen to narrative podcasts a lot the format becomes so stale it's almost unlistenab… .Score: 5/5

Itsgeorgekamau kataaron: hrlywomen dreamhampton The amazing TracieHunte produced a wonderful radio piece about her and the racism she endured https….Score: 5/5

PodcastQuoteBot"We're never going to be always hungry." - AVIR MITRA, The Dirty Drug and the Ice Cream Tub, Radiolab #Radiolab… .Score: 5/5

SoozscottCmclymer Radiolab Such amazing stories. Love to just dive in..Score: 5/5

MickeyhawkCmclymer Radiolab. Great stories incredibly well done. NPREmbedded and Amicus with Dahlia Lithwick, too..Score: 5/5

Ma_freaks Ms_ZamaNdlovu: Surya Bonaly was not your typical figure skater. She was black. She was athletic. And she didn’t seem to care about art….Score: 5/5

House_of_Lili Ms_ZamaNdlovu: Surya Bonaly was not your typical figure skater. She was black. She was athletic. And she didn’t seem to care about art….Score: 5/5

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Radiolab Podcast Episodes

The Queen of Dying

If you’ve ever lost someone, or watched a medical drama in the last 15 years, you’ve probably heard of The Five Stages of Grief. They’re sort of the world’s worst consolation prize for loss. But last year, we began wondering… Where did these stages come from in the first place? Turns out, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. But the story is much, much more complicated than that. Those stages of grieving? They actually started as stages of dying. After learning that, producer Rachael Cusick tumbled into a year-long journey through the life and work of the incredibly complicated and misunderstood woman who single-handedly changed the way all of us face dying, and the way we deal with being left behind. Special Note: Our friends over at Death Sex and Money have put together a very special companion to this story, featuring Rachael talking about this story with her grandmother.  Check it out here. This episode was reported and produced by Rachael Cusick, with production help from Carin Leong. This story wouldn’t have been possible without the folks you heard from in the episode, and the many, many people who touched this story, including: Anne Adams, Andrew Aronson, Audrey Gordon, Barbara Hogenson, Basit Qari, Bill Weese, Bob McGan, Carey Gauzens, Clifford Edwards, Cristina McGinniss, Dorothy Holinger, Frank Ostaseski, Ira Byock, Jamie Munson, Jessica Weisberg, Jillian Tullis, Joanna Treichler, Jonathan Green, Ken Bridbord, Ladybird Morgan, Laurel Braitman, Lawrence Lincoln, Leah Siegel, Liese Groot, Linda Mount, Lyn Frumpkin, Mark Kuczewski, Martha Twaddle, Peter Nevraumont, Rosalie Roder, Sala Hilaire, Stefan Haupt, Stephanie Riley, Stephen Connor, and Tracie Hunte. Special thanks to all the folks who shared music for this episode, including: Lisa Stoll, who shared her Alpine horn music with us for this episode. You can hear more of her music here. Cliff Edwards, who shared original music from Deanna Edwards. The Martin Hayes Quartet, who shared the last bit of music you hear in the piece that somehow puts a world of emotion into one beautiful tune. And an extra special thank you to the folks over at Stanford University - Ben Stone, David Magnus, Karl Lorenz, Maren Monsen -  the caretakers of Elisabeth’s archival collection who made it possible to rummage through their library from halfway across the country. You can read more about the collection here. To learn more about Elisabeth and the folks who are furthering her work, you can visit the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation website here. Support Radiolab by becoming a member today at Radiolab.org/donate.  

Breaking News about The Other Latif

A major development in the case of Guantanamo detainee Abdul Latif Nasser. To listen to our series about him, go to theotherlatif.org.

G: Unfit

In the past few weeks, most people have probably seen Britney Spears' name or face everywhere. When she stood in front of a judge (virtually) and protested the conservatorship she's been living under for the past 13 years, one harrowing detail in particular stood out. She told the judge, "I was told right now in the conservatorship, I'm not able to get married or have a baby." Today, we look back at an old episode where we explore why it is that hundreds of thousands of people can have their reproductive rights denied...and spoiler: it goes back to Darwin. When a law student named Mark Bold came across a Supreme Court decision from the 1920s that allowed for the forced sterilization of people deemed “unfit,” he was shocked to discover that it had never been overturned. His law professors told him the case, Buck v Bell, was nothing to worry about, that the ruling was in a kind of legal limbo and could never be used against people. But he didn’t buy it. In this episode we follow Mark on a journey to one of the darkest consequences of humanity’s attempts to measure the human mind and put people in boxes, following him through history, science fiction and a version of eugenics that’s still very much alive today, and watch as he crusades to restore a dash of moral order to the universe. This episode was produced by Matt Kielty, Lulu Miller and Pat Walters.  Special thanks to Sara Luterman, Lynn Rainville, Alex Minna Stern, Steve Silberman and Lydia X.Z. Brown. Radiolab’s “G” is supported in part by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science. Support Radiolab today at Radiolab.org/donate. 

The Vanishing of Harry Pace: Episode 6

Lift Every Voice.  Black Swan Records was first to record the anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing. From a family's Thanksgiving dinner, we portal through to the song's past, present, and future. The Vanishing of Harry Pace was created by Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee.  It was Motown before Motown, FUBU before FUBU: Black Swan Records. The label founded exactly 100 years ago by Harry Pace. Pace launched the career of Ethel Waters, inadvertently invented the term rock n roll, played an important role in W.C. Handy becoming "Father of the Blues," inspired Ebony and Jet magazines, and helped desegregate the South Side of Chicago in an epic Supreme Court battle. Then, he disappeared.  The Vanishing of Harry Pace is a series about the phenomenal but forgotten man who changed the American music scene. It's a story about betrayal, family, hidden identities, and a time like no other. This series was produced in collaboration with author Kiese Laymon, scholar Imani Perry, writer Cord Jefferson, and WQXR’s Terrance McKnight. Jami Floyd is our consulting producer; our fact checker is Natalie Meade. Featuring interviews with Pace's descendants and over forty musicians, historians, writers, and musicologists, all of whom grapple with Pace’s enduring legacy.  Thank you to young Miles Francis and his family for bringing our Thanksgiving scene to life.  This episode features the book May We Forever Stand written by Imani Perry, all about the Black National Anthem.  

The Vanishing of Harry Pace: Episode 5

Roland Hayes and the Lost Generation.  Here’s the extraordinary story of Roland Hayes, another great (and largely forgotten) creator of new cosmologies. The Vanishing of Harry Pace was created by Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee.  It was Motown before Motown, FUBU before FUBU: Black Swan Records. The label founded exactly 100 years ago by Harry Pace. Pace launched the career of Ethel Waters, inadvertently invented the term rock n roll, played an important role in W.C. Handy becoming "Father of the Blues," inspired Ebony and Jet magazines, and helped desegregate the South Side of Chicago in an epic Supreme Court battle. Then, he disappeared. The Vanishing of Harry Pace is a series about the phenomenal but forgotten man who changed the American music scene. It's a story about betrayal, family, hidden identities, and a time like no other. This series was produced in collaboration with author Kiese Laymon, scholar Imani Perry, screenwriter Cord Jefferson, and WQXR’s Terrance McKnight. Jami Floyd is our consulting producer; our fact checker is Natalie Meade. The series features interviews with Pace's descendants and over forty musicians, historians, writers, and musicologists, all of whom grapple with Pace’s enduring legacy. This episode featured scenes from Christopher Brooks' and Robert Sims' biography, Roland Hayes: The Legacy of an American Tenor. Thank you to actor William Jackson Harper for helping us bring Berlin to life.  This episode featured the following music: Robert Sims Sings the Spirituals of Roland Hayes Bill Doggett's collection of Black Swan records  Black Swans: The First Recordings of Black Classical Music Performers  Du Bist Die Ruh by Roland Hayes  Were You There by Roland Hayes  Vesti La Giubba by Roland Hayes

The Vanishing of Harry Pace: Episode 4

Our Harlem Moon.  In this spin-off tale, Ethel Waters hijacks a degrading song and makes the music her own. The Vanishing of Harry Pace was created by Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee.  It was Motown before Motown, FUBU before FUBU: Black Swan Records. The label founded exactly 100 years ago by Harry Pace. Pace launched the career of Ethel Waters, inadvertently invented the term rock n roll,played an important role in W.C. Handy becoming "Father of the Blues," inspired Ebony and Jet magazines, and helped desegregate the South Side of Chicago in an epic Supreme Court battle. Then, he disappeared.  The Vanishing of Harry Pace is a series about the phenomenal but forgotten man who changed the American music scene. It's a story about betrayal, family, hidden identities, and a time like no other. This series was produced in collaboration with author Kiese Laymon, scholar Imani Perry, writer Cord Jefferson, and WQXR’s Terrance McKnight. Jami Floyd is our consulting producer; our fact checker is Natalie Meade. Based on the book Black Swan Blues: the Hard Rise and Brutal Fall of America’s First Black Owned Record Label by Paul Slade. Featuring interviews with Pace's descendants and over forty musicians, historians, writers, and musicologists, all of whom grapple with Pace’s enduring legacy. Thank you to our podcast friends at Throughline for featuring our series on their show. Check out their feed for an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview about the series with Rund, Ramtin, Jad and Shima.

The Vanishing of Harry Pace: Episode 3

Black No More, White No More.  We follow Harry's grandkids and great grandkids as they grapple with his legacy in their own lives.  The Vanishing of Harry Pace was created by Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee.  It was Motown before Motown, FUBU before FUBU: Black Swan Records. The label founded exactly 100 years ago by Harry Pace. Pace launched the career of Ethel Waters, inadvertently invented the term rock n roll, played an important role in W.C. Handy becoming "Father of the Blues," inspired Ebony and Jet magazines, and helped desegregate the South Side of Chicago in an epic Supreme Court battle. Then, he disappeared.  The Vanishing of Harry Pace is a series about the phenomenal but forgotten man who changed the American music scene. It's a story about betrayal, family, hidden identities, and a time like no other. This series was produced in collaboration with author Kiese Laymon, scholar Imani Perry, writer Cord Jefferson, and WQXR’s Terrance McKnight. Jami Floyd is our consulting producer; our fact checker is Natalie Meade. Based on the book Black Swan Blues: the Hard Rise and Brutal Fall of America’s First Black Owned Record Label by Paul Slade. Featuring interviews with Pace's descendants and over forty musicians, historians, writers, and musicologists, all of whom grapple with Pace’s enduring legacy. This series is also a partnership with Radio Diaries.

The Vanishing of Harry Pace: Episode 2

Dreams Deferred.  The story of the post Black Swan years. We follow Harry’s Supreme Court battle to desegregate the South Side of Chicago, and then the mysterious decision which forces him into seclusion, before his untimely death. The Vanishing of Harry Pace was created by Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee.  It was Motown before Motown, FUBU before FUBU: Black Swan Records. The label founded exactly 100 years ago by Harry Pace. Pace launched the career of Ethel Waters, inadvertently invented the term rock n roll, played an important role in W.C. Handy becoming "Father of the Blues," inspired Ebony and Jet magazines, and helped desegregate the South Side of Chicago in an epic Supreme Court battle. Then, he disappeared.  The Vanishing of Harry Pace is a series about the phenomenal but forgotten man who changed the American music scene. It's a story about betrayal, family, hidden identities, and a time like no other. This series was produced in collaboration with author Kiese Laymon, scholar Imani Perry, screenwriter Cord Jefferson, and WQXR’s Terrance McKnight. Jami Floyd is our consulting producer; our fact checker is Natalie Meade. Peter Pace lent his voice for our readings. Based on the book Black Swan Blues: the Hard Rise and Brutal Fall of America’s First Black Owned Record Label by Paul Slade. The series features interviews with Pace's descendants and over forty musicians, historians, writers, and musicologists, all of whom grapple with Pace’s enduring legacy. This series is also a partnership with Radio Diaries. 

The Vanishing of Harry Pace: Episode 1

The Rise and Fall of Black Swan.  It was Motown before Motown, FUBU before FUBU: Black Swan Records, the record company founded by Harry Pace. The Vanishing of Harry Pace was created by Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee.  Harry Pace founded Black Swan Records exactly 100 years ago. Pace launched the career of Ethel Waters, inadvertently invented the term rock n roll, played an important role in W.C. Handy becoming "Father of the Blues," inspired Ebony and Jet magazines, and helped desegregate the South Side of Chicago in an epic Supreme Court battle. Then, he disappeared.  The Vanishing of Harry Pace is a series about the phenomenal but forgotten man who changed the American music scene. It's a story about betrayal, family, hidden identities, and a time like no other. This series was produced in collaboration with author Kiese Laymon, scholar Imani Perry, screenwriter Cord Jefferson, and WQXR’s Terrance McKnight. Jami Floyd is our consulting producer; our fact checker is Natalie Meade. Peter Pace lent his voice for our readings. Based on the book Black Swan Blues: the Hard Rise and Brutal Fall of America’s First Black Owned Record Label by Paul Slade. The series features interviews with Pace's descendants and over forty musicians, historians, writers, and musicologists, all of whom grapple with Pace’s enduring legacy.    This series is also a partnership with Radio Diaries.  

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