July 14, 2014 - Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich

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The World Cup comes to an end, John Boehner sues President Obama, a company invents a beverage-identifying cup, and Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich discuss "Radiolab."

>> Stephen: TONIGHT AVICTORY FOR ALL RELIGIONS,

NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF JESUSYOU BELIEVE IN, THEN A NEW

HIGH-TECH WEIGHT LOSSPRODUCT, FINALLY YOU CAN

FEEL CYBERFAT.

AND MY GUESTS TONIGHT ARETHE COHOST OF RADIOLAB WHICH

THEY CALL A SHOW ABOUTCURIOUSITY.

SO LOCK UP YOUR CATS.

MY SHOW WAS NOMINATED FOR 6EMMYS.

AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DOWITH ALL MY LESBIAN PRISON

SEX.

THIS IS THE COLBERTREPORT.

>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THEREPORT.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

>> STEPHEN, STEPHEN,STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

>> THANK YOU, LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WELCOME TO THE REPORT, GOOD TOSEE YOU.

FOLKS, I GOT TO TELL YOU,IT'S NOT JUST THE ENERGY IN

THIS ROOM.

I FEEL IT TOO.

YOU KNOW, I LOVE GOING-- ILOVE GOING ON VACATION.

IT IS GREAT TO BE BACK AFTERTWO WEEKS.

I SPENT THE FOURTH OF JULYHOLIDAY CELEBRATING A STEAMY

ANNIVERSARY WITH MY LOVER,AMERICA.

(LAUGHTER)I GOT HIM THE SAME PRESENT

AS EVERY YEAR, SCRAP MEATAND EXPLOSIVES.

BUT SADLY IT WASN'T ALLPARTY TIME.

YOU SEE, BEFORE VACATION IWAS SWEPT UP IN WORLD CUP

FEVER!

RIDING HIGH!

RIDING HIGH ON TEAM USA'STHRILLING SERIES OF WINNING,

TYING AND LOSING.

(LAUGHTER)BUT THEN WE FACED OUR

ETERNAL ENEMY, BELGIUM.

OR AS I CALL IT EUROPE RHODEISLAND.

(LAUGHTER)AND THOSE WAFFLE-SUCKING

SORT OF FRENCHIES.

CRUSHED US LIKE WE WERE THEMIN EVERY WORLD WAR.

(LAUGHTER)AND WITH AMERICA OUT OF THE

PICTURE IT ALL CAME DOWN TOA DEATH MATCH BETWEEN

GERMANY AND ARGENTINA.

NATURALLY I ASSUMED IT WOULDBE DECIDED BASED ON WHICH

COUNTRY HAS THE MOST LIVINGNAZI WAR CRIMINALS.

TOO CLOSE TO CALL.

SO INSTEAD-- (LAUGHTER)

IT WAS DECIDED WITH THETHRILLING SIGHT OF A CHEST

VOLLEY GOAL IN EXTRA TIMEFOLLOWED BY THE TERRIFYING

SIGHT OF GERMANS CELEBRATINGVICTORY.

'CAUSE THAT NEVER TURNS BAD.

OF COURSE THIS CUP FINAL HASSPECIAL MEANING IN VATICAN

CITY, BECAUSE POPE FRANCISIS FROM ARGENTINA AND

LIVE-IN GRAND POPE BENEDICTIS FROM GERMANY.

SO DEUTSCHELAND'S WIN MEANSBENEDICT IS POPE AGAIN!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)BYE-BYE FRANK.

DON'T LET THE 20 FOOT GUILDEDDOOR HIT YOU WHERE THE GOOD

LORD SPLIT YA.

AND NATION IF THERE IS ONETHING I HAVE ALWAYS SAID

ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT BARACKOBAMA, IS THAT HE'S AN

INEFFECTUAL WEAKLING IN MOMJEANS.

BUT IF THERE'S A SECONDTHING I'VE SAID IT'S THAT

HE'S AN IMPERIAL TYRANT WITHAN IRON FIST IN MOM JEANS.

(LAUGHTER)AND FACING THE LAST TWO

YEARS OF HIS LIFE LONG RULE,OBAMA HAS SWORN TO USE

EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO RAM HISNEFARIOUS AGENDA DOWN

AMERICA'S GULLET.

>> WE ARE NOT JUST GOING TOBE WAITING FOR LEGISLATION

IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THATWE'RE PROVIDING AMERICANS

THE KIND OF HELP THAT THEYNEED.

I'VE GOT A PEN AND I'VE GOTA PHONE.

>> Stephen: HE'S GOT A PENAND A PHONE.

HE'S NOT ONLY ISSUINGEXECUTIVE ORDERS, HE'S

STEALING OFFICE SUPPLIES.

(LAUGHTER)SOMEBODY BETTER GLUE DOWN

THE STAPLER IN THE OVALOFFICE, THEN STAPLE DOWN THE

GLUE GUN.

NOW FORTUNATELY SPEAKER OF THEHOUSE JOHN BOEHNER IS

PUTTING AN END TO THISOVERREACH.

>> HOUSE SPEAKER JOHNBOEHNER SAYS HE IS FILING A

LAWSUIT AGAINST THE OBAMAADMINISTRATION ON BEHALF OF

CONGRESS.

HE'S ACCUSING THEPRESIDENT OF GOING AROUND

THE LAW BY USING EXECUTIVEORDERS.

>> Stephen: THANK GODSOMEONE IS FINALLY SUING

BARACK OBAMA.

THOUGH I ALWAYS THOUGHT ITWOULD BE WHOEVER LIVED AT

1601 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE.

I MEAN THOSE HELICOPTERSHAVE GOT TO BE-- SOME KIND

OF NOISE VIOLATION.

(LAUGHTER)AND YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHAT

BOEHNER IS SUING OBAMA OVER,UNLESS YOU GUESSED

OBAMACARE.

(LAUGHTER)JIM?

>> BOEHNER SAYS PRESIDENTOBAMA OVERSTEPPED HIS

AUTHORITY WHEN HE DELAYEDTHE EMPLOYER MANDATE PORTION

OF OBAMACARE WITHOUT FIRSTSEEKING CONGRESSIONAL

APPROVAL.

>> WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUTHERE ARE PLACES WHERE THE

PRESIDENT IS BASICALLYREWRITING LAW TO MAKE IT FIT

HIS OWN NEEDS.

>> Stephen: YES.

AND CONGRESS CANNOT SIT IDLYBY WHILE THE PRESIDENT

REWRITES THEIR LAWS.

THEY HAVE TO SIT IDLY BYWHILE THEY NOT WRITE LAWS.

AND OBAMA'S OVERUSE OFEXECUTIVE ORDERS IS

UNPRECEDENTED IN MODERNAMERICAN HISTORY IN THAT HE

HAS ISSUED FEWER THAN ANYPRESIDENT SINCE FDR.

AND DON'T TELL ME THAT EVERYPRESIDENT ISSUED EXECUTIVE

ORDERS BECAUSEWILLIAM HENRY

HARRISON DID NOT SIGN ASINGLE EXECUTIVE ORDER.

INSTEAD, THIS GOOD MAN CHOSETO DIE OF PNEUMONIA 30 DAYS

INTO OFFICE.

THAT IS CALLED LEADERSHIP.

NOW CONSERVATIVES LIKEMYSELF HAVE SUPPORTED A

UNITARY EXECUTIVE AND USE OFEXECUTIVE ORDERS IN THE

PAST.

BUT THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUTTHIS PRESIDENT THAT MAKES

THE WHOLE THING SEEM SHADY.

(LAUGHTER)SOMETHING-- I'M UPSET TOO.

SOMETHING, SOMETHING HESHARES WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL

ERIC HOLDER.

>> THERE'S A CERTAIN LEVELOF VEHEMENCE IT SEEMS THAT

IS DIRECTED AT THEPRESIDENT.

THERE'S A CERTAIN RACIALCOMPONENT TO THIS FOR SOME

PEOPLE, FOR SOME THERE'S ARACIAL ANIMUS.

>> Stephen: RACIAL ANIMUS.

HOLDER IS SAYING I FEELDIFFERENTLY ABOUT EXECUTIVE

ORDERS BECAUSE OBAMA ISBLACK.

AND I'M NOT GOING TO ARGUEWITH ERIC HOLDER ON THIS ONE

BECAUSE HE MIGHT ACCUSE MEOF RACIAL ANIMUS.

THEN I WOULD HAVE TO LOOK UPTHE WORD ANIMUS.

(LAUGHTER)I THINK IT MEANS BUTTHOLE.

(LAUGHTER)WELL-- I DON'T KNOW.

I DON'T WANT TO KNOW.

I DON'T WANT TO KNOW.

WELL, HOLDER'S ACCUSATIONBRINGS ME TO ANOTHER EDITION

OF MY LONG AWARD-LOSINGSEGMENT, THANK YOU RACISM.

YOU SEE-- (APPLAUSE)

LAST WEEK ERIC HOLDER STOODBY HIS PREVIOUS STATEMENT

THAT AMERICANS AREESSENTIALLY A NATION OF COWARDS

WHEN IT COMES TOTALKING ABOUT RACE.

BUT HOLDER COULD NOT BEFURTHER FROM THE LET'S SAY

TRUTH.

(LAUGHTER)BECAUSE I SEE ONLY NOW THAT

EXECUTIVE ORDERS HAVE ALWAYSBEEN WRONG.

BUT WITHOUT MY APPARENTDISTRUST OF BLACK PEOPLE I

WOULDN'T HAVE HAD THECOURAGE TO SUDDENLY BE MOVED

TO PROTECT THE CONSTITUTIONFROM THE OVERREACH I DIDN'T

CARE ABOUT BEFORE.

NOW, NOW I AM STANDING UPFOR AMERICA OR AGAINST OBAMA,

WHATEVER, SAME DIFF.

NOW I KNOW I'VE SAID SOMETERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT RACISM

IN THE PAST, FOLKS.

I GUESS-- I GUESS IPREJUDGED RACISM WITHOUT

REALLY KNOWING IT.

(LAUGHTER)AND FOR THAT I'M SORRY,

NOW FOLKS, SOME SAY THATBOEHNER'S LAWSUIT IS A LONG

SHOT BUT I SAY IT'S A LONGSLAM-DUNK BECAUSE WHILE I

WAS BALLS DEEP IN COBBLER ON THE FOURTH, I WAS UP TO

THE BLUEBERRIES, I LEARNEDTHAT I NO LONGER HAVE TO PAY

FOR SLUT PILLS AKA WHOREPELLETS AKA VITAMIN BOW

CHICKA BOWWOW.

JIM?

>> THE SUPREME COURT OF THEUNITED STATES DELIVERED A

MAJOR BLOW TO PRESIDENTOBAMA'S HEALTH CARE LAW

TODAY IN A MAJOR VICTORY FORRELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

IN A 5-4 DECISION THEJUSTICES RULED IN FAVOR OF

THE HOBBY LOBBY CRAFT CHAINSAYING THAT CLOSELY HELD

CORPORATIONS CAN IN FACT,OPT OUT OF THE OBAMACARE

CONTRACEPTION MANDATE DUETO RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS.

>> THIS IS A BIG VICTORY FORRELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

>> A VICTORY FOR COMMON

SENSE.

>> VICTORY FOR TRADITIONALAMERICANS.

>> VICTORY SO, BREAK OUT THECHAMPAGNE BUT NOT TOO MUCH,

HOBBY LOBBY EMPLOYEESBECAUSE YOUR BIRTH CONTROL

IS NO LONGER COVERED.

(LAUGHTER)ALL RIGHT.

BE CAREFUL, PLEASE, SET YOURHUMPING TO DRY.

(APPLAUSE)>> YES IN A UNANIMOUS 5-4

DECISION THE SUPREME COURTCATHOLIC MEN HAVE RULED THAT

A WOMAN'S RIGHT TOCONTRACEPTION DOES NOT TRUMP

HER EMPLOYER'S RIGHT TOBELIEVE SHE SHOULDN'T BE

TAKING IT.

AND IT'S BASED ON THE SOUNDPRINCIPLE THAT THE

GOVERNMENT DOESN'T HAVE THEAUTHORITY TO FORCE CLOSELY

HELD CORPORATIONS TO VIOLATETHEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

OH AND IT'S PROBABLY NOT ABIG DEAL BUT THEY ALSO RULED

THAT CORPORATIONS HAVERELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

I MEAN IT MAKES SENSE.

HOBBY LOBBY OBVIOUSLYCHRISTIAN, PANDA EXPRESS IS

JEWISH AT CHRISTMASTIME, ANDPAPA JOHN'S OF COURSE IS

ATHEIST BECAUSE THEIR PIZZAMAKES YOU DOUBT THERE IS A

GOD.

(APPLAUSE)WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

NATION, YOU PROBABLY ALREADYKNOW THIS BUT WE LIVE IN A

GOLDEN ERA OF DIGITAL TOYS.

MY FAVORITE ARE FITNESSTRACKERS LIKE THE FITBIT, I GOT

ONE RIGHT HERE, USES MOTIONSENSORS TO RECORD ALL OF MY

EXERCISE. AND EVIDENTLY I DIDNOT MOVE TODAY.

(LAUGHTER)LAST WEEK, LAST WEEK I

WANTED TO RUN A MARATHON SOI STRAPPED THIS BAD BOY TO A

PAINT SHAKER FOR ABOUT 20MINUTES.

FOR SOME REASON I'M STILLNOT LOSING WEIGHT G FIGURE.

FOR THE MOST EXCITINGPERSONAL INFO DEVICE IS

CALLED VESSYL, A BRAND-NEWDIGITAL CUP THAT TRACKS AND

IDENTIFIES ALL YOURBEVERAGES.

>> LET'S JUST SAY I HAVETHIS SODA ON THE TABLE.

AND THIS ONE IS AN ORANGECRUSH.

IF I WAS TO POUR MY SODAINTO THE VESSYL IT WOULD KNOW

THAT IT IS ORANGE CRUSH.

IT WOULD KNOW THAT THATTHERE IS, YOU KNOW, ABOUT 70

CALORIES AND THEN I WOULDDRINK IT.

>> Stephen: WAIT.

(LAUGHTER)A DIGITAL CUP THAT CAN TELL

ME WHAT'S IN THE CUP AND HOWMANY CALORIES AND ALLOW ME

TO DRINK IT?

(LAUGHTER)THAT LEVEL OF INFORMATION

WAS PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLEONLY ON THE CAN YOU JUST

POURED IT OUT OF.

(APPLAUSE)I MEAN THERE ARE SO

MANY-- THINK ABOUT IT THEREARE SO MANY TIMES WHEN

VESSYL BEVERAGE IDENTIFYINGTECHNOLOGY WILL COME IN

HANDY LIKE WHEN YOU ORDER ACOKE BUT IT TASTES KIND OF

LIKE A DIET COKE BUTYOU'RE NOT SURE.

AND PERHAPS OTHER TIMES.

AND VESSYL WILL MAKE SUREYOU GET YOUR DAILY

RECOMMENDED ALLOWANCE OFSILICON VALLEY BUZZWORDS.

>> THE VESSYL AUTOMATICALLYKNOWS WHAT'S INSIDE AND CAN

TRACK IN REALTIME THECONTENTS OF THE BEVERAGE.

IT TRACKS YOUR REALTIMEHYDRATION NEEDS BUT THE MAIN

GOAL IS TO HELP YOU MAKEHEALTHIER AND MORE INFORMED

DECISIONS IN REALTIME.

>> Stephen: FINALLY,DECISIONS IN REALTIME.

I'M SO TIRED OF MAKING UP MYMIND HOURS AFTER I'M DONE

DOING WHAT I WILL HAVEDECIDED.

AND THIS REALTIME WORKSQUICKLY.

JUST WATCH AS THIS GUY POURSA BEER FROM A CAN INTO

VESSYL WHICH CONFIRMS IT ISBEER.

IT'S LIKE HE'S NOT EVENDRINKING ALONE ANY MORE.

(LAUGHTER)AND--

(APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: AND ACCORDING TO

VESSYL'S CREATIVE DIRECTORTHAT CYLINDRICAL DESIGN WAS

NO ACCIDENT.

>> WE WANTED TO CREATESOMETHING BEAUTIFUL,

FUNCTIONAL, DURABLE AND ALSOSOMETHING THAT COULD LIVE

COMFORTABLY ONTABLETOPS.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT.

IT HOLDS LIQUIDS AND CANSIT UPRIGHT ON A TABLE.

I MEAN IS THERE ANY ASPECT OFBEING A CUP THIS

CUP CAN'T DO?

AND NO WONDER BECAUSE VESSYLIS THE CULMINATION OF 7

YEARS OF WORK.

(LAUGHTER)SEVEN YEARS, OKAY.

LET'S PUT THAT INTOPERSPECTIVE.

THAT IS LONGER THAN THE TIMEBETWEEN JFK'S CALL TO PUT A

MAN ON THE MOON AND THEAPOLLO 11 LANDING.

AND REMEMBER WHEN ARMSTRONGLANDED HIS CUP HAD NO IDEA

HE WAS DRINKING TANG.

(LAUGHTER)NOT THAT INSPIRING NOW, IS IT?

NATION AS FAR AS I CANSEE THE ONLY DOWNSIDE TO

VESSYL IS THAT IT WILL COSTALMOST $200 AND WON'T SHIP

UNTIL EARLY 2015.

EARLY 2015 AND THAT'S INREALTIME.

(LAUGHTER)OF COURSE EVEN ONCE VESSYL

DOES LAUNCH, IT STILL ONLYMONITORS YOUR BEVERAGE

INTAKE.

THAT'S ONLY HALF THEHYDRATION EQUATION.

WHAT ABOUT TRACKING YOUROUTPUT.

THAT'S WHY TONIGHT I'MEXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE

PRE-RELEASE IDEA LAUNCH OF MYNEW PRODUCT TOYLYT.

IT'S THE FIRST-- THE FIRSTCUTTING EDGE E-RECEPTACLE

CAPABLE OF HANDLING ALL YOUR1.0 AND 2.0 DOWNLOADS IN

REALTIME.

(LAUGHTER)MOST IMPORTANTLY, TOYLET

SYNCS WITH YOUR iPHONE INTHAT YOU CAN LOOK AT YOUR

iPHONE WHILE YOU'RE SITTINGON IT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUESTS TONIGHT ARE THECOHOST OF PUBLIC RADIO'S

RADIOLAB. WHICH I BELIEVE ISWHERE THEY TEST NPR ON ANIMALS

PLEASEWELCOME ROBERT KRULWICH AND

JAD ABUMRAD.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

JAD, ROBERT, THANKS SO MUCH FORCOMING ON.

ALL RIGHT, GUYS, FOR THE FEWPEOPLE OUT THERE WHO DON'T

KNOW, JAD, ROBERT, YOU ARETHE COHOST OF WNYC HERE IN

NEW YORK THAT PRODUCES THEPEABODY AWARD-WINNING

RADIOLAB, ONE OF THE MOSTPOPULAR SHOWS ON PUBLIC

RADIO, 478 STATIONS AROUNDTHE COUNTRY, DOWNLOADED POD

CASTS MORE THAN 4 MILLIONTIMES EVERY MONTH.

WHAT IS-- WHAT IS RADIOLAB?

(LAUGHTER)AND WHAT ARE YOU EXPERIMENTING

ON?

(LAUGHTER)>> ON THE RADIO I GUESS YOU

COULD SAY, I MEAN IT'S-- .

>> Stephen: EXPERIMENTING ONTHE MEDIUM ITSELF.

>> YEAH, NEW WAYS OF TELLINGSTORIES.

THE LAB IS IN A SENSE TOEXPERIMENT TRYING ALL THE

USUAL WAYS OF TELLINGSTORIES BUT JUST DOING

IT DIFFERENTLY.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

YEAH, SURE, SURE.

FOR THE PURPOSE OF OURDISCUSSION I WILL SAY I

FOLLOWED THAT, ALL RIGHT?

BUT WHY DO YOU NEED TO TELLSTORIES IN A NEW WAY.

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TELLINGSTORIES SINCE, YOU KNOW,

CAVEMAN SAID UG KILL BEAR.

>> WE JUST LIKE TO PLAY, IGUESS.

WE JUST-- THERE'S ANADVENTURE TO THIS.

SO WE JUST-- WE ENJOY MAKINGUP-- WE CHOOSE COMPLICATED

SUBJECTS.

WE DON'T COMPLETELYUNDERSTAND THEM ALL THE TIME

AND THEN WE TRY TO MAKESENSE OF THEM.

AND TO DO THAT YOU'VE GOT TOHAVE FUN AND EXPERIMENT AND

YOU GOT TO DO MISCHIEF.

>> Stephen: SO YOU DON'TALWAYS UNDERSTAND THE THINGS

YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT ON THESHOW.

>> NO, I WITHOUT SAY IT IS APREREQUISITE.

WE START IN A PLAY CALLEDABSOLUTE UNKNOWING.

>> Stephen: DOW EVER END INA PLACE OF ABSOLUTE

UNKNOWING.

>> PRETTY MUCH EVERY SINGLETIME.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> SO OUR ARC IS A LITTLEHARD.

WE GO FROM NONKNOWLEDGE TO ALITTLE BIT OF KNOWLEDGE TO

AH, KIND OF.

>> Stephen: SO IF YOU AREYOUR FANS COME UP TO YOU AND

SAY I GOT TO SAY I LISTENEDTO THE SHOW THIS WEEKEND, I

DIDN'T KNOW WHAT YOU WERETALKING ABOUT.

YOU SAY SUCCESS.

>> EXACTLY.

AS LONG AS THEY REMEMBERSOME OF THE THINGS YOU SAID.

YOU WANT TO GIVE THEM ALITTLE SOMETHING THAT STICKS

TO THEM.

>> Stephen: OKAY, ISYOUR-- YOU'RE LIBERALS,

OBVIOUSLY-- (LAUGHTER)

BECAUSE YOU WORK FOR PUBLICRADIO.

YOU WORK FOR PUBLIC RADIO.

>> YOU DON'T KNOW THAT.

>> Stephen: I KNOW YOU WORKFOR PUBLIC RADIO AND THAT'S

ALL I NEED TO KNOW.

OKAY, THERE'S TWOCONSERVATIVES ON PUBLIC

RADIO AND THEIR NAMES ARECLICK AND CLACK.

THE TAPPET BROTHERS.

IS CURIOSITY ITSELF ALIBERAL VALUE?

BECAUSE I'M A CONSERVATIVE,AND I BELIEVE THAT IT IS

SOMETIMES BETTER NOT TO KNOWTHAN TO KNOW.

(LAUGHTER)KNOWLEDGE IS NOT ALWAYS A GOOD

>> WELL, TO NOT KNOW CAN BEKIND OF SCARY, THAT IS TRUE.

BUT THEN-- .

>> Stephen: AND FEAR CAN BEA GOOD THING.

>> THERE WAS ACTUALLY AREALLY LONG PERIOD IN

HISTORY OF THE WORLD WHEREPEOPLE WERE TOLD NOT TO BE

CURIOUS THAT IT WAS SINFULAND SO ON.

>> Stephen: WELL, SOMETIMESIT IS.

>> SOMETIMES IT CAN GET YOU INTROUBLE.

>> Stephen: IT DID NOT WORKOUT WELL FOR OEDIPUS

>> NO IT DIDN'T.

>> Stephen: OR FOR ADAM ANDEVE,.

>> SO THERE IS A LESSON TOBE LEARNED THERE I SUPPOSE.

BUT FOR US WE JUST CAN'THELP OURSELVES.

I THINK THERE IS SOMETHINGIN HUMANS, CONSERVATIVE AND

LIBERALS THAT SAYS HMMMM, IWOULD LIKE-- LIKE A CLOUD,

YOU FIND OUT IT WEIGHS 500TONS AND YET IT'S IN THE

SKY.

>> Stephen: IT DOESN'T WEIGH500 TONS.

CLOUDS DON'T WEIGH.

NEWS FLASH CLOUDS DON'TWEIGH ANYTHING, OKAY.

THAT IS HOW THEY FLOAT.

OKAY, -->> WHAT DOES A BALLOON

WEIGH.

>> Stephen: LESS THANNOTHING.

>> IF YOU TOOK A TEASPOONYOU COULD WEIGH A LITTLE BIT

OF CLOUD, YOU MULTIPLY THATTEASPOON TOWARD A CLOUD YOU

HAVE A LOT-- .

>> Stephen: SO PARTS OF ACLOUD WEIGH SOMETHING BUT

THE ENTIRE CLOUD WEIGHSNOTHING.

>> NO.

(LAUGHTER)>> NO, I WAS THINKING-- .

>> Stephen: YOU DO MOST OFTHE WORK, RIGHT?

YOU DO-- BECAUSE YOU-- (APPLAUSE)

YOU GOT ONE OF THEM McARTHURGENIUS GRANTS BACK IN 2011.

DID YOU EVER LORD THAT OVERHIM AND GO ONE OF US HAS A

GENIUS GRANT.

>> NO, 'CAUSE THE WHOLE GENIUSTHING IS A LITTLE TRIPPY.

>> Stephen: WHAT DOES THATMEAN, WHAT DOES TRIPPY MEAN.

>> DEEPLY CONFUSING.

>> Stephen: LIKE YOUR SHOW.

>> AND ALSO -->> YES.

>> PEOPLE SUDDENLY THOUGHTHE WAS REALLY SMART BECAUSE

HE WAS A GENIUS.

THAT IS ODD.

>> Stephen: YOU ASK BIGQUESTIONS, LIKE WHAT IS TIME.

DOES EVIL REALLY EXIST.

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT DOINGA SHOW CALLED DO THESE

QUESTIONS MAKE US SEEM HIGH?

(LAUGHTER)>> I TELL YOU WHAT, I THINK

THERE IS AN ASPECT OF THESHOW THAT IS SORT OF THAT

POT SMOKING IN YOUR DORMROOM WHOA SORT OF THING.

I THINK THAT IS WHERE ITBEGINS.

>> Stephen: IT SOUNDS THATWAY BECAUSE YOU HAVE ALL THE

SOUND EFFECTS, YOU HAVETHIS-- ROBERT-- KRULWICH

RADIO-- YOU KNOW.

>> I MEAN I THINK YOU WANTTO START WITH THAT PLACE OF

DISORIENTING, BUT THEN YOUREALLY DO TRY TO FIGURE IT

OUT.

YOU TRY AND KNOW AND WALKTHROUGH STEP-BY-STEP INTO

ALL THE DIFFERENT LAYERS OFTHESE QUESTIONS.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS NEXT.

WHERE IS YOUR CURIOSITYLEADING YOU NEXT.

DO YOU HAVE A SEASON OR JUSTGRIND IN AND OUT.

>> DOING IT-- WE JUST MAKEIT, WE ARE ALWAYS ON.

>> Stephen: HOW ABOUT THISONE.

HOW MUCH DOES CANADA WEIGH?

>> THAT'S AN INTERESTINGQUESTION.

>> THAT'S A HARD ONE BECAUSEIN THE WINTER WHEN IT IS

SNOWING IT MIGHT BE HEAVIER.

ON THE OTHER HAND, WHEREWOULD YOU STOP WHEN ARE YOU

WEIGHING IT.

YOU HAVE TO GO DOWN.

>> Stephen: ALL THE WAY TOTHE CORE.

YOU A LITTLE WEDGE.

>> THE TOP OF IT IS MELTINGSO THAT MIGHT GET IT

LIGHTER OR HEAVIER.

SEE THAT IS THE KIND OFTHING WE DO, EXACTLY.

>> YOU START WITH AN OPENQUESTION AND START THINKING

DEEPER AND DEEPER.

>> Stephen: CAN I GET ALITTLE TASTE OF THE BACK END

ON THAT ONE?

>> PUBLIC RADIO, DON'TFORGET.

>> Stephen: OH, OKAY, JUSTGIVE ME A TOTE BAG.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FORJOINING ME, ROBERT, JAD, JAD

ABUMRAD, ROBERT KRULWICH,RADIOLAB, IT'S ON ALL THE

TIME. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: THAT'S IT FOR

THE REPORT, EVERYBODY.

GOOD NIGHT.

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