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."
While working on staff at WNYC, Abumrad began tinkering with an idea for a new kind of radio program. That idea evolved into one of public radio’s most popular shows today – Radiolab. Abumrad hosts the program with Robert Krulwich and also serves as one of its producers. The program won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and explores big questions in science, philosophy and mankind. Under Abumrad’s direction, the show uses a combination of deep-dive journalism, narrative storytelling, dialogue and music to craft compositions of exploration and discovery. Radiolab podcasts are downloaded over 4 million times each month and the program is carried on 437 stations across the nation.
Abumrad is also the Executive Producer and creator of Radiolab's More Perfect, a podcast that explores how cases deliberated inside the rarefied world of the Supreme Court affect our lives far away from the bench.
Abumrad was honored as a 2011 MacArthur Fellow (also known as the Genius Grant). The MacArthur Foundation website says: “Abumrad is inspiring boundless curiosity within a new generation of listeners and experimenting with sound to find ever more effective and entertaining ways to explain ideas and tell a story.”
Abumrad also produced and hosted The Ring & I, an insightful, funny, and lyrical look at the enduring power of Wagner's Ring Cycle. It aired nationally and internationally and earned ten awards, including the prestigious 2005 National Headliner Grand Award in Radio.
Jad Abumrad appears in the following:
Friday, January 19, 2018
Friday, December 29, 2017
Sunday, October 01, 2017
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Monday, August 22, 2016
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Monday, June 08, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Friday, September 19, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Why do so many end-of-life patients get care that is ineffective? Radiolab Jad Abumrad on the show's recent story.
Monday, December 24, 2012
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2. BBQ you should eat: Smoke Joint, Fort Greene
3. Music you should BUY: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
4. Short Stories You Should Read: Anything by Tim Kreider
5. What You Should Drink: Kings County Kentucky Bourbon
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