Staff Pick: The Genius Of Jad Abumrad

Jun 18, 2019

 

Radiolab co-host Jad Abumrad is a genius. Back in 2011, he was certified when the MacArthur Foundation awarded him a “genius grant.” Jad thinks public radio should be more chaotic, more joyous and more lifelike. This episode was picked by Doug.

 

Radiolab co-host Jad Abumrad is a genius. People in the radio business have known that for years. Back in 2011, he was certified when the MacArthur Foundation awarded him a "genius grant" for "bringing a distinct new aesthetic" to broadcast journalism by melding music and storytelling into a singular audio experience. Jad thinks public radio should be more chaotic, more joyous and more lifelike. He joins us to talk about what goes on inside the mind of a radio genius.

Here’s what Doug Fabrizio has to say about the episode:

I’d wanted to have Jad on the show because I was a big fan of Radiolab. And the thing that interested me was how it is they made the show work. It’s more than just the ideas. Those are really important, of course, but I wanted to know how Jad was thinking about the mechanics of radio, like the music and the way they used sound. And we found the perfect excuse to have him on when he won a “genius grant” from the Macarthur Foundation in 2011.