Radiolab Tackles Mortality

In case you missed it on the air, you can hear the Mortality episode of WNYC’s clever and insightful program Radiolab program as a podcast. In this episode, hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich (who are the science equivalent of the Tappett Brothers without the lame jokes and annoying laughter ) tackle the question that keeps Ouroboros readers awake at night— why can’t we have more life? The show’s highlight is a very informative interview with Leonard Hayflick, with a sidelight about Alexis Carrel (worst. Nobel laureate. ever) and the scandalous Scandinavian origins of widely-used cell culture lines. Also featured is the ubiquitous and ever-enthusiastic Cynthia Kenyon (oh, hi boss… do you often read this blog?) and robotic approaches to care of the aged in Japan. Here’s the link.


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  1. I loves me some radio lab. This is, seriously, some of the best audio out there. It deals with a lot of topics that are almost always mishandled when presented to the general public, and usually does a beautiful job with them. I only found out about them a couple weeks back when this american life gave them a plug, but devoured them all within days. Best motivator I’d ever found to tossing on the mp3 player and getting some physical labor in.

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