Radiolab Live

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Rumpus contributor Maddie Oatman profiles Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad for Mother Jones.

What happens when a nerdy science show experiments with live stage performances? A sneak peak:

“‘Even Charles Darwin himself—Chuck D!—says, “The eye, to this day, gives me sort of a shudder,”‘ Abumrad declares. As he reflects on the evolution of photon-grabbing proteins called opsins, guest musician Thao Nguyen chimes in with whistles and guitar strums, while shadow puppets on a yellow screen reach out to snatch dots representing quantum packets of light.”


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →