Jad Abumrad

Host, Radiolab

Jad Abumrad appears in the following:

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 exact date of this episode is unknown. We've filled in the date above with a placeholder. What we actually have on record is: 2001-05-13 .

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 ...


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 ...


News That's Not Exactly News

Sunday, March 25, 2001

The Next Big Thing is news that's not exactly news. It's a fall from the sky. It's the music and stories coming from Keba Cissoko's kora. It's an old-fashioned movie pianist named Abe. And, for pete's sake, let's not forget Mama.

What's the next big thing?


March 18th, 2001

Sunday, March 18, 2001

The Next Big Thing is a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden with Times sports writer Ira Berkow and asking: What's the big deal? It's a search for Bertie and his gentleman's gentleman. We've also got yoga improv and (ka-ching!) the winner of Five Sounds in Search of an Author. ...


March 11th, 2001

Sunday, March 11, 2001

The Next Big Thing is a huge, gigantic blizzard. Run for you lives!!!! Just kidding. This week, the Forrest Gump of radio shows ("You never know what you're gonna get") is a look behind the curtain of a sort-of secret society. It's dishing the Oscars. It's the only thing better ...


March 3rd, 2001

Sunday, March 04, 2001

We're haunted. Haunted by the things that happen in specific places - in Cuba, in New York -- and what effect that has on memory. We're STILL haunted by the election... And then there's the real question keeping us up at night: Just what will we do with that big, ...


More Poetry Than Usual.

Sunday, December 10, 2000

This week, we've got a little more poetry than usual. Why? Just because. And we're not only talking about the stuff that'll make you feel good. We're talking about verse that's meant to hurt. And worse. Also: just so you don't think we're coming down on the side of the ...