RadioLab is endlessly curious about the world we live in and every little ticking part of it. Lucky for us, hosts Jad and Robert could make gripping radio out of thin air, and do, regularly extracting revelations about the human condition from unlikely beginnings. Their reporting is diverse and unsnobbish and presented in a richly-textured audio style. Shorter episodes - still meaty at 20 mins or more - focus on a specific person, event or phenomenon (a prehistoric man, preserved in ice; an adoption gone wrong; the slinky), while hour-long episodes are constructed from multiple stories on a broader theme (blame; falling; inter-species communication). With an online archive dating back to 2007, run, don’t walk, to consume this whole.
Gateway episodes: Haunted (31 Oct 2014) / Patient Zero (15 Nov 2011) / Ally's Choice (3 Jul 2013)