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Staff Pick: The Genius Of Jad Abumrad

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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.

 

RadioWest divider.

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.

 

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.