No, Radio Loab isn't beating puppies or starving small children. But they are facing some heat from a Columbia University professor who feels he was "abused" by the show's hosts and producers during and after his interview:
...This is an awful episode of an absurdly pretentious program, and the segment in which my words are featured consists of atrocious and deceptive editing of an offensively adversarial pair (!) of interviews in which I felt I was speaking to a brick wall of ignorance in both cases (and was treated *extremely* rudely by both Kramer and Krulwich in the course of the actual interviews).
My worst fears were realized by the actual show as I heard it. My points are chopped up and reassembled to make me sound like I agreed with the tone of the interview questions, which I found utterly appallingly stupid.
I feel downright *abused* by this entire experience. There is no better word....
Associate Professor of Music
I've got to give Radio Lab credit. Most shows would put a letter like that (which went on to personally insult the show's hosts and listeners) quickly and quietly into the "irate expert" folder. But in the interest of fairness, Radio Lab posted both the raw and edited audio on their website and frankly, I can't hear how any wrong was done to this man.