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Asking for a Friend

Asking for a Friend

Update: 2019-03-01125
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Last year, we ran a pair of episodes that explored the greatest mysteries in our listeners’ lives - the big ones, little ones, and the ones in between. This year, we’re back on the hunt, tracking down answers to the big little questions swirling around our own heads.


We reached out to some of our favorite people and asked them to come along with us as we journeyed back in time, to outer space, and inside our very own bodies.


This episode was reported by Rachael Cusick, Simon Adler, Becca Bressler, and Annie McEwen and was produced by Rachael Cusick, Simon Adler, Matt Kielty, Becca Bressler, and Annie McEwen.


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Comments (12)

Sam Lees

For me the quirky snippets of sounds and voices are what drew me to the show originally. I'm surprised that this is something people are actually hung-up on.

Jun 21st
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Holls Balls

I love the content, hate the presentation.

Mar 1st
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David Boring

Steven Debrincat Production -quality- and production -aesthetic- are two different things. I love Radiolab, but I have to agree that the flourishes of noise and filigree of arbitrary vocals are distracting and disruptive. It's just a matter of personal taste. The sound effects are well and artfully done, but that doesn't mean that everyone will like them. Do you remember the Pepsi commercials that heralded the era of wiggly, handheld camera work, with shots intentionally poorly framed? Those were cute... for the first two viewings, and rage-inducing after that. Those commercials changed camera aesthetic to this day, but that doesn't mean that I'd want to watch one. I disliked the SFX from my first listening. The choppy intro sequence is so annoying to me that I'll go to great lengths to skip it. Radiolab is such a great show that it's worth it, though. It's just an aesthetic choice. When it becomes impossible to overlook how dated and self-consciously cutesy it has become, maybe they'll change it... but I doubt it.

Apr 2nd
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Steven Debrincat

Holls Balls The high production values of this show are absolutely the reason why I love it. Couldn't possibly disagree with you more.

Mar 3rd
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Holls Balls

This episode reminds me why Radiolab irritates me. Sound checks of “hello?” “Can you hear me?” “Hello???” “Are you there??” plus random noises and sound effects. I just can’t.

Mar 1st
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DimeBag

mep I disagree. so what. move along.

Mar 19th
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mep

DimeBag disagree, the little noises and outtakes are so disruptive and undermines the content. especially if the "production value" bits are what prevents someone from finishing the episode.

Mar 18th
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