Sometimes you hear a story or a fact on a podcast and for some reason that fact sticks with you for the rest of your life. There is no rhyme or reason why these specific facts have stuck with me, but this is a collection of these facts.
A group of artists find a secret room in a massive shopping center in Providence, RI and discover a new way to experience the mall.
Plus, we look at the origin of the very first mall and the fascinating man who designed it, Victor Gruen.
The Accidental Room
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Did you know that the last real shopping mall in the US was built in 2006? And the rise and fall of shopping malls is tied to Air Conditioning?
The first story in this episode is interesting and entertaining in it's own right and then in the second half they rebroadcast a story from a few years ago about the history and future of shopping malls. The fun fact is right around minute 36.
It's been 80 years to the day since Orson Welles' infamous radio drama "The War of the Worlds" echoed far and wide over the airwaves. So we want to bring you back to our very first live hour, where we take a deep dive into what was one of the most controversial moments in broadcasting history. "The War of the Worlds," a radio play about Martians invading New Jersey, caused panic when it originally aired, and it's continued to fool people since--from Santiago, Chile to Buffalo, New York to a particularly disastrous evening in Quito, Ecuador.
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Tuck your napkin under your chin. We’re about to serve up a tale of love, loss, and lamb chops. For as long as she can remember, Amy Pearl has loved meat in all its glorious cuts and marbled flavors. And then one day, for seemingly no reason, her body wouldn’t tolerate it. No steaks. No brisket. No weenies. It made no sense to her or to her doctor: why couldn’t she eat something that she had routinely enjoyed for decades? Something our evolutionary forebears have eaten since time immemorial? The answer involves mysterious maps, interpretive dance, and a collision of three different species. Support Radiolab by becoming a member today at Radiolab.org/donate.
When Mathilda Crisp was three years-old, she got sick. She stopped sleeping through the night, but during the day, she would fall asleep without warning — during a swim lesson, for example, or straight into her cereal bowl at breakfast. For one doctor, figuring out what was making this little girl sick was just the beginning of an even bigger medical mystery.
Did you know that during the swine flu scare of 2009 a flu vaccine caused some children in Northern UK to get narcolepsy? The vaccine had not be approved for use anywhere else in the world, but was rushed through by the NIH.