(NEW YORK, February 7, 2011) – RADIOLAB, WNYC’s cutting-edge show about curiosity, today announced “RADIOLAB LIVE: SYMMETRY,” a three-city tour – with stops in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle – that will take one of iTunes’ most downloaded podcasts on the road.
Kicking off in New York City on March 14, “RADIOLAB LIVE: SYMMETRY” is a live, theatrical preview of an upcoming RADIOLAB episode, complete with the show’s trademark mash-up of science, wonder and discovery. Co-hosts JAD ABUMRAD and ROBERT KRULWICH will examine the notion of symmetry – puzzling at its power everywhere from human relationships to physics and chemistry – and take audiences on a trip to diverse destinations, including ancient Greece, the very beginning of the universe, a brain-scanning fMRI machine at Princeton University and The Oval Office in the 1970s. Distinctive cellist, composer and RADIOLAB regular ZOË KEATING, described by Boing Boing as “a classically-trained cellist who now makes absolutely entrancing loop music in real time using digital samplers,” will perform a live soundtrack to the program with a score of evocatively layered and illuminating cello pieces.
Broadcast on more than 300 public radio stations across the country, RADIOLAB uses mind-bending sound design, deeply affecting storytelling, and a unique blend of humor, wonder and discovery to ask big questions and traverse between science, philosophy and human experience.
“Utterly original!... When I heard this I thought, ‘There’s a new sheriff in town’.” – Ira Glass, Host, This American Life
“The best podcast/radio show of all time.” – Seth Godin, entrepreneur and bestselling author, Linchpin: Are You Indispensible?
The “RADIOLAB LIVE: SYMMETRY” tour will coincide with the national broadcast premiere of Radiolab’s ninth season, which kicks off on WNYC 93.9 FM in New York on Friday, March 11 at 3pm. Visit http://www.radiolab.org/stations for a list of stations that have carried RADIOLAB. Check your local station for listings.
Monday, March 14 – NYU Skirball Center / New York City, NY
Wednesday, March 23 – Royce Hall at UCLA / Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, March 30 – The 5th Avenue Theatre / Seattle, WA
Tickets for the Los Angeles and Seattle dates are available now. Pre-sale tickets for WNYC members are available now; tickets for the general public in New York begins Monday, February 14. To purchase tickets, visit www.radiolab.org.
Jad Abumrad is an award-winning producer and composer who has been called “a new young master of the radio craft.” The son of a scientist and a doctor, Jad Abumrad did most of his growing up in Tennessee, before studying creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. Following graduation, Abumrad wrote music for films, and reported and produced documentaries for a variety of local and national public radio programs, including On the Media, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and WNYC's “24 Hours at the Edge of Ground Zero.”
Robert Krulwich is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and NPR Science Correspondent who has been hailed as “the most inventive network reporter in television” by TV Guide. His specialty is explaining complex subjects – science, technology, economics – in a style that is clear, compelling and entertaining. He has explored the structure of DNA with a banana, explained arbitrage by wearing Groucho glasses and illustrated the Texaco-Pennzoil battle with Barbie and Ken dolls. A Special Correspondent for ABC News, Krulwich appears regularly on Nightline and other news programs, including ABC News Tonight and Good Morning America.
New York Public Radio is New York's premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC, WQXR, and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, as well as www.wnyc.org, www.wqxr.org and www.thegreenespace.org. As America's most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City's cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. Classical 105.9 WQXR is New York City's sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city's rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, WNYC and WQXR produce content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station's street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. For more information about New York Public Radio, visit www.nypublicradio.org.
The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan. Led by executive producer Jay Oliva (President Emeritus, NYU) and senior director Michael Harrington, the programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU's mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. A vital aspect of the Center's mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance. www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu
Royce Hall (1,836 seats) is the original building on the UCLA campus, and has been among the preeminent concert halls on the west coast since 1929. It is the venue of choice in Los Angeles for both David Sedaris and Ira Glass.
The 5th Avenue Theatre is Seattle’s premier musical theater. Unique in its Chinese-inspired design, the exquisite theater opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film. In 1980, the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre began producing and presenting top-quality live musical theater for the cultural enrichment of the Northwest community and continues to achieve the highest standards in all aspects of artistic endeavors and facility operations, while preserving its artistic, architectural and historic legacy. Visit www.5thavenue.org.