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Site Review: Radio Lab

history educationSite URL: RadioLab.org

Content: The site centers around the Radio Lab podcast, which covers a wide range of scientific topics. In addition to the show, the site offers articles about these topics.

Design: Radio Lab is funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The site wisely spent some of those dollars on design, as RadioLab.org is beautiful to look at. Neither overly complicated nor maddening simple, the site visually engages the user so that consumption of content is easy and enjoyable.

radio labReview: Radio Lab is a show about curiosity, “where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy and human experience.” As such, topics range from identifying patient zeroes related to famous disease outbreaks, to studying human anatomy created from vegetables. It all sounds outlandish, but everything here has a solid foundation in academic science.

The site’s multimedia nature has several advantages. Educators fortunate enough to work in classrooms equipped with multimedia tools can broadcast podcast clips to the class, or lead a discussion on a particular article with the text projected on a screen.

Bottom Line: For a fun take on science with a technological twist, look no further than Radio Lab.

 

Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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