Jad Abumrad, “Gut Churn”

While working on staff at WNYC, Jad 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 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 entertain ways to explain and tell a story.”

See Jad on the Colbert Report.

“If there’s a next Ira Glass, it might well be Jad Abumrad..” – New York Review of Books

Radiolab is a testament to the power of radio to tackle big ideas, spark curiosity, and tell real stories by real people… and to experiment with the medium itself.” – New York Public Radio

“I marvel at Radiolab when I hear it.  I feel jealous.  Its cocreatorrs Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich have digested all the storytelling and production tricks of everyone in public radio before them, invented some slick moves of their own, and ended up creating the rarest thing you can create in any medium: a new aesthetic.” – Ira Glass


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