Pick of the Week: Radiolab – Wake Up and Dream
Podcast release date: January 23, 2012
Hosts: Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich
The episode tells the stories of how lucid dreaming helps Steve Volk, author of Fringe-ology, put an end to a nightmare he’s been having for 20 years and how a scientist provides evidence that he is lucid dreaming. I enjoyed the moments when Steve Volk becomes lucid in his nightmare and confronts his fear (I’m Neo!”) and when the scientist sends a message (“I’m having a lucid dream”) from his dream to the waking world through his eye movements.
I listened to this episode twice this week; once by itself, and once as part of a Radiolab double feature (the “Wake Up and Dream” short followed by the hour long “Sleep” episode). I also listened to part of This American Life’s “Fear of Sleep” episode again. I was partly curious about Steve Volk’s story; I thought I’d heard it somewhere before, but I didn’t find it in any of these podcasts. My preoccupation with sleep and dreams last week might have had something to do with me feeling sleep-deprived most of the week, too.