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The Other Latif: Episode 2

The Other Latif Radiolab’s Latif Nasser always believed his name was unique, singular, completely his own. Until one day when he makes a bizarre and shocking discovery. He shares his name with another man: Abdul Latif Nasser, detainee 244 at Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. government paints a terrifying picture of The Other Latif as Al-Qaeda’s top explosives expert, and one of the most important advisors to Osama bin Laden. Nasser’s lawyer claims that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and that he was never even in Al-Qaeda. This clash leads Radiolab’s Latif into a years-long investigation, picking apart evidence, attempting to separate fact from fiction, and trying to uncover what this man actually did or didn’t do. Along the way, Radiolab’s Latif reflects on American values and his own religious past, and wonders how his namesake, a fellow nerdy, suburban Muslim kid, may have gone down such a strikingly different path. Episode 2: Morocco Latif travels to Abdul Latif’s ho...

45 MIN6 d ago
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The Other Latif: Episode 2

The Other Latif: Episode 1

The Other Latif Radiolab’sLatif Nasser always believed his name was unique, singular, completely his own. Until one day when he makes a bizarre and shocking discovery. He shares his name with another man: Abdul Latif Nasser, detainee 244 at Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. government paints a terrifying picture of The Other Latif as Al-Qaeda’s top explosives expert, and one of the most important advisors to Osama bin Laden. Nasser’s lawyer claims that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and that he was never even in Al-Qaeda. This clash leadsRadiolab’s Latif into a years-long investigation, picking apart evidence, attempting to separate fact from fiction, and trying to uncover what this man actually did or didn’t do. Along the way,Radiolab’s Latif reflects on American values and his own religious past, and wonders how his namesake, a fellow nerdy, suburban Muslim kid, may have gone down such a strikingly different path. Episode 1: My Namesake We hear the evidence against Abdu...

41 MIN1 w ago
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The Other Latif: Episode 1

The Bobbys

On the occasion of his retirement as cohost of Radiolab, Robert sat down with Jad to reflect on his long and storied career in radio and television, and their work together over the past decade and a half. And we pay tribute to Robert, inspired by a peculiar tradition of his. This episode was produced by Matt Kielty.Sound design & mix by Jeremy Bloom. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.

48 MIN2 w ago
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The Bobbys

Body Count

Right now, at this very moment, all across the planet, there are 7.6 billion human beings eating, breathing, sleeping, brushing their teeth, walking their dogs, drinking coffee, walking down the street or running onto the subway or hopping in their car, maybe reading a summary of a podcast they’re about to hit play on … and the number is only going up. Everyday 386,000 babies are born (16,000 an hour). We’re adding a billion new people every 12 years. So here’s a question you’ve probably never thought about: Are there more people alive right now than have ever lived on the planet in history? Do the living outnumber the dead? Robert got obsessed with this odd question, and in this episode we bring you the answer. Or, well,answers. This episode was reported by Robert Krulwich and produced by Annie McEwen and Pat Walters, with help from Neel Dhanesha. Fact-checking by Michelle Harris. Music and mixing by Jeremy Bloom. Special thanks to Jeffrey Dobereiner. Support Radiolab today at...

45 MIN3 w ago
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Body Count

60 Words

This hour we pull apart one sentence, written in the hours after September 11th, 2001, that has led to the longest war in U.S. history. We examine how just 60 words of legal language have blurred the line between war and peace.

66 MINJAN 8
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60 Words

Man Against Horse

This is a story about your butt. It’s a story about how you got your butt, why you have your butt, and how your butt might be one of the most important and essential things for you being you, for being human. Today, reporters Heather Radke and Matt Kielty talk to two researchers who followed the butt from our ancient beginnings, through millions of years of evolution, and all the way to today, out to a valley in Arizona, where our butts are put to the ultimate test. This episode was reported by Heather Radke and Matt Kielty and was produced by Matt Kielty, Rachael Cusick and Simon Adler. Sound design and mixing by Jeremy Bloom. Fact-checking by Dorie Chevlen. Special thanks to Michelle Legro. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.

58 MIN2019 DEC 28
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Man Against Horse

There and Back Again

Here's a simple question: When an animal disappears in the winter,where does it go? Oddly enough, this question completely stumped European scientists for thousands of years. And even today,the more we learn about the comings and goings of the animals, the deeper the mystery seems to get. We visita Bavarian farm with an 11 year old, follow warblers and wildebeests around the world, and get a totally new kind of view of the pulsing flow of animalsacross the globe. This episode was reported by Robert Krulwich and Jackson Roach and produced by Pat Walters, MattKielty, and Jackson Roach.Mix & original music by Jeremy Bloom. Special thanks toAllison Shaw, David Barrie, Auriel Fournier, and Moritz Matschke. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate. And check out: The Truth about Animals by Lucy Cooke No Way Home: The Decline of the Great Animal Migrations by David Wilcove The migration video Jad and Robert watch in this episode!

45 MIN2019 DEC 18
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There and Back Again

Things

From a piece of the Wright brother's plane to a child’s sugar egg, today: Things! Important things, little things, personal things, things you can hold and things that can take hold of you. This hour, we investigate the objects around us, their power to move us, and whether it's better to look back or move on, hold on tight or just let go.

63 MIN2019 DEC 13
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Things

Breaking Bongo

Deep fake videos have the potential to make itimpossible to sortfact fromfiction. And some have arguedthat this blackhole of doubt will eventually send truth itself into a death spiral. But a series of recent events in the small African nation of Gabon suggest it's already happening. Today, we follow a ragtag group of freedom fighters as they troll Gabon’s president - Ali Bongo - from afar. Using tweets, videos and the uncertainty they can carry, these insurgents test the limits of using truth to create political change and, confusingly, force us to ask: Can fake news be used for good? This episode was reported and produced by Simon Adler. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.

65 MIN2019 NOV 27
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Breaking Bongo

Breaking News

Today, two new technological tricks that together could invade our mostdeeply held beliefsand rewrite the rules of credibility. Also,we release something terrible intothe world. Support Radiolab by becoming a member today atRadiolab.org/donate.

52 MIN2019 NOV 20
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Breaking News

Latest Episodes

The Other Latif: Episode 2

The Other Latif Radiolab’s Latif Nasser always believed his name was unique, singular, completely his own. Until one day when he makes a bizarre and shocking discovery. He shares his name with another man: Abdul Latif Nasser, detainee 244 at Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. government paints a terrifying picture of The Other Latif as Al-Qaeda’s top explosives expert, and one of the most important advisors to Osama bin Laden. Nasser’s lawyer claims that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and that he was never even in Al-Qaeda. This clash leads Radiolab’s Latif into a years-long investigation, picking apart evidence, attempting to separate fact from fiction, and trying to uncover what this man actually did or didn’t do. Along the way, Radiolab’s Latif reflects on American values and his own religious past, and wonders how his namesake, a fellow nerdy, suburban Muslim kid, may have gone down such a strikingly different path. Episode 2: Morocco Latif travels to Abdul Latif’s ho...

45 MIN6 d ago
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The Other Latif: Episode 2

The Other Latif: Episode 1

The Other Latif Radiolab’sLatif Nasser always believed his name was unique, singular, completely his own. Until one day when he makes a bizarre and shocking discovery. He shares his name with another man: Abdul Latif Nasser, detainee 244 at Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. government paints a terrifying picture of The Other Latif as Al-Qaeda’s top explosives expert, and one of the most important advisors to Osama bin Laden. Nasser’s lawyer claims that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and that he was never even in Al-Qaeda. This clash leadsRadiolab’s Latif into a years-long investigation, picking apart evidence, attempting to separate fact from fiction, and trying to uncover what this man actually did or didn’t do. Along the way,Radiolab’s Latif reflects on American values and his own religious past, and wonders how his namesake, a fellow nerdy, suburban Muslim kid, may have gone down such a strikingly different path. Episode 1: My Namesake We hear the evidence against Abdu...

41 MIN1 w ago
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The Other Latif: Episode 1

The Bobbys

On the occasion of his retirement as cohost of Radiolab, Robert sat down with Jad to reflect on his long and storied career in radio and television, and their work together over the past decade and a half. And we pay tribute to Robert, inspired by a peculiar tradition of his. This episode was produced by Matt Kielty.Sound design & mix by Jeremy Bloom. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.

48 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The Bobbys

Body Count

Right now, at this very moment, all across the planet, there are 7.6 billion human beings eating, breathing, sleeping, brushing their teeth, walking their dogs, drinking coffee, walking down the street or running onto the subway or hopping in their car, maybe reading a summary of a podcast they’re about to hit play on … and the number is only going up. Everyday 386,000 babies are born (16,000 an hour). We’re adding a billion new people every 12 years. So here’s a question you’ve probably never thought about: Are there more people alive right now than have ever lived on the planet in history? Do the living outnumber the dead? Robert got obsessed with this odd question, and in this episode we bring you the answer. Or, well,answers. This episode was reported by Robert Krulwich and produced by Annie McEwen and Pat Walters, with help from Neel Dhanesha. Fact-checking by Michelle Harris. Music and mixing by Jeremy Bloom. Special thanks to Jeffrey Dobereiner. Support Radiolab today at...

45 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Body Count

60 Words

This hour we pull apart one sentence, written in the hours after September 11th, 2001, that has led to the longest war in U.S. history. We examine how just 60 words of legal language have blurred the line between war and peace.

66 MINJAN 8
Comments
60 Words

Man Against Horse

This is a story about your butt. It’s a story about how you got your butt, why you have your butt, and how your butt might be one of the most important and essential things for you being you, for being human. Today, reporters Heather Radke and Matt Kielty talk to two researchers who followed the butt from our ancient beginnings, through millions of years of evolution, and all the way to today, out to a valley in Arizona, where our butts are put to the ultimate test. This episode was reported by Heather Radke and Matt Kielty and was produced by Matt Kielty, Rachael Cusick and Simon Adler. Sound design and mixing by Jeremy Bloom. Fact-checking by Dorie Chevlen. Special thanks to Michelle Legro. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.

58 MIN2019 DEC 28
Comments
Man Against Horse

There and Back Again

Here's a simple question: When an animal disappears in the winter,where does it go? Oddly enough, this question completely stumped European scientists for thousands of years. And even today,the more we learn about the comings and goings of the animals, the deeper the mystery seems to get. We visita Bavarian farm with an 11 year old, follow warblers and wildebeests around the world, and get a totally new kind of view of the pulsing flow of animalsacross the globe. This episode was reported by Robert Krulwich and Jackson Roach and produced by Pat Walters, MattKielty, and Jackson Roach.Mix & original music by Jeremy Bloom. Special thanks toAllison Shaw, David Barrie, Auriel Fournier, and Moritz Matschke. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate. And check out: The Truth about Animals by Lucy Cooke No Way Home: The Decline of the Great Animal Migrations by David Wilcove The migration video Jad and Robert watch in this episode!

45 MIN2019 DEC 18
Comments
There and Back Again

Things

From a piece of the Wright brother's plane to a child’s sugar egg, today: Things! Important things, little things, personal things, things you can hold and things that can take hold of you. This hour, we investigate the objects around us, their power to move us, and whether it's better to look back or move on, hold on tight or just let go.

63 MIN2019 DEC 13
Comments
Things

Breaking Bongo

Deep fake videos have the potential to make itimpossible to sortfact fromfiction. And some have arguedthat this blackhole of doubt will eventually send truth itself into a death spiral. But a series of recent events in the small African nation of Gabon suggest it's already happening. Today, we follow a ragtag group of freedom fighters as they troll Gabon’s president - Ali Bongo - from afar. Using tweets, videos and the uncertainty they can carry, these insurgents test the limits of using truth to create political change and, confusingly, force us to ask: Can fake news be used for good? This episode was reported and produced by Simon Adler. Support Radiolab today atRadiolab.org/donate.

65 MIN2019 NOV 27
Comments
Breaking Bongo

Breaking News

Today, two new technological tricks that together could invade our mostdeeply held beliefsand rewrite the rules of credibility. Also,we release something terrible intothe world. Support Radiolab by becoming a member today atRadiolab.org/donate.

52 MIN2019 NOV 20
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Breaking News
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