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Albert Ein­stein asked that when he died, his body be cre­mat­ed and his ash­es be scat­tered in a secret loca­tion. He didn’t want his grave, or his body, becom­ing a shrine to his genius. When he passed away in the ear­ly morn­ing hours of April, 18, 1955, his fam­i­ly knew his wish­es. There was only one prob­lem: the pathol­o­gist who did the autop­sy had dif­fer­ent plans.

In the third episode of G”, Radiolab’s minis­eries on intel­li­gence, we go on one of the strangest scav­enger hunts for genius the world has ever seen. We fol­low Einstein’s stolen brain from that Prince­ton autop­sy table, to a cider box in Wichi­ta, Kansas, to labs all across the coun­try. And even­tu­al­ly, beyond the brain itself entire­ly. All the while won­der­ing, where exact­ly is the genius of a man who changed the way we view the world?