Jad Abumrad

Host, Radiolab

Jad Abumrad appears in the following:


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Find out how the U.S. can become the world leader in science and technology once again. Also: interactions between humans and robots, and humans and horses. The long tradition of manufacturing along the Gowanus canal. And on Underreported: all about Lebanon's new president, Michel Suleiman, and whether he ...


Hallucinating Sound

Friday, March 21, 2008

Hello everyone. Jad here. I wanna tell you real quick about my experience hallucinating the sound of bees. And Fleetwood Mac.

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Radiolab on Sound of Young America

Friday, February 15, 2008

Just wanted to let you know: Robert and I were interviewed for The Sound of Young America, a great public radio show hosted by Jesse Thorne. He's got a good radio voice, that one. And he uses that radio voice to ask insightful radio questions.

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The Ring Cycles

Thursday, March 18, 2004

The first of the Metropolitan Opera's Ring cycles begins this Saturday. WNYC's Jad Abrumrad explores why Wagner's masterpiece continues to fascinate. You can join Jad Abrumrad and listen to WNYC's one hour special --The Ring and I.


Bob Ross

Saturday, January 10, 2004

Painter Bob Ross died nine years ago. But many people don't realize this, because his 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting continue to air worldwide. Jad Abumrad discovered that Ross's legacy of art-teaching has extended way beyond those television shows and into places like the back of ...


Bob Ross

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Painter Bob Ross died eight years ago. But many people don't realize this, because his 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting continue to air worldwide. Jad Abumrad discovered that Ross's legacy of art-teaching has extended way beyond those television shows and into places like the back of ...


Laurie King: Mystery Girl

Saturday, March 16, 2002

The mystery novelist Laurie King picks up the Sherlock Holmes story where Arthur Conan Doyle left off. In The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, King pairs the famed detective with a sharp young female partner and raises skepticism about Holmes' superhuman genius.


Listening Post

Saturday, January 26, 2002

The internet is perpetually throbbing with new data and images and ideas in endless new permutations. Artists Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin are trying to see and hear what all that adds up to.


Paint Like Bob Ross

Saturday, December 22, 2001

The bushy, televised oil painting guru continues to change people's lives — despite the fact that he's dead.


Game Shows on Display

Saturday, October 27, 2001

Poets Mary Jo Salter and Brad Leithauser visit the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MOCA) to take a look at a new exhibit, Game Show. Its galleries are filled with artwork about games — from giant jigsaw puzzles and marbles, to stacks of Nintendo.


Heavy Metal Redux

Saturday, October 20, 2001

The hard-rockin' hair bands of the 1980s are back: a decade and a half after the seeming death of heavy metal music, fans revisit the charms of Quiet Riot and Poison. 


September 9th, 2001

Sunday, September 09, 2001

Fear not, sprightly authors! The Next Big Thing caption contest returneth! Perchance could it be you merrily gracing our airwaves and sporting a cap of the highest regard? All right, all right. Enough with the English mockery. The REAL next big thing is drummer Susie Ibarra, who - no foolin’ ...


August 19th, 2001

Sunday, August 19, 2001

New York in summer: Noisy


The Voices of New York

Sunday, August 12, 2001

The Next Big Thing is like being on a tour bus through the voices of New York. It's what it's like back stage at the Amato Opera… which isn't all that far from the back row. It's how we think of death in the idyll of Green-Wood Cemetery. It's the ...



Sunday, August 05, 2001

The Next Big Thing is mating. We've got weddings and whatever that means. We've got Russ & Daughters customers looking for a nice Jewish boy. We've got a woman in the bar you're glad you didn't meet. We've got laughing, too, which may not be about mating, but it IS ...


Jazz Pianist Ethan Iverson

Sunday, July 01, 2001

The Next Big Thing is jazz pianist Ethan Iverson. He'll be playing three jazz etudes that were commissioned by our show. Also … we've got poetry. And not just stuff that'll make you feel good. We’re talking about verse that's meant to hurt. And worse.

What’s the ...


June 24th, 2001

Sunday, June 24, 2001

Now when you think summer solstice, you might think: St. John the Divine. So this week we’re heading up there to hang out with the organist. And here’s a warning: She’s not your typical organist. Speaking of summer, shouldn’t you be packing for camp? One of our favorites, Sarah Thyre, ...


May 13th, 2001

Sunday, May 13, 2001

The Next Big Thing is the sound and fury of our noise-polluted city. And even if you think there’s nothing you can do about it, we’ll at least think about how you might. But before you get down on the thump-thump SUVs cruising the neighborhood, meet Kenny Muhammad, a one-man ...


May 6th, 2001

Sunday, May 06, 2001

You know, if you’ve already been the next big thing and it’s been awhile, after a moratorium, you CAN become the next big thing again. With that in mind, you may be asking: Where’s Suzanne Vega? The answer is: She’s right here. Also, fire up the laptop. We’re back with ...


April 8th, 2001

Sunday, April 08, 2001

April is the cruelest month … and that's because we've set a perilous challenge for ourselves: American Sign Language poetry -- on the radio. We've got a story about the healing powers of cake. That's always good, right? Also: It's time again for our contest, Five Sounds in Search of ...