My kids took their class evaluation yesterday and by far the most popular thing we did this year was to listen to different Radiolab clips. The kids love it... it's a little goofy, but REALLY informative. Here are some of the episodes I use, but there are many more you can find.
http://www.radiolab.org/2012/apr/02/ (minutes 18-34). This clip explains research about bacteria in the stomach having antidepressant qualities. REALLY Interesting!
http://www.radiolab.org/2012/jan/09/ (minutes 9:03-24:45) This clip explains some of the alternate ways to interpret Milgram's experiement... really thought provoking.
http://www.radiolab.org/2011/jan/25/ (minutes 33-38) This clip is great to explain the idea of Linguistic Relativism.
http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2010/jun/15/strangers-in-the-mirror/ - An entire episode on face blindness with Oliver Sacks. Here's another great one about face blindness http://www.radiolab.org/2010/sep/20/letting-go/ (minutes 12:20-21:30).
http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2011/aug/09/damn-it-basal-ganglia/ - an episode on the Basal Ganglia
http://www.radiolab.org/2007/may/17/ - an episode on the Placebo Effect
Thanks for sharing these, Kim! And just a reminder to those new to using technology: PLEASE be sure to download and save these free podcasts first - don't rely on having a stable Internet connection. Also, if you have other favorite Radiolab episodes, or would like to share how you use them in class, please share in the comments below.
--posted by Steve