Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab, a public radio program broadcast on nearly 600 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 12 million times a month as a podcast.
Abumrad employs his dual backgrounds as composer and journalist to create what’s been called “a new aesthetic” in broadcast journalism. He orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews and sounds into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics, such as the nature of numbers, the evolution of altruism, or the legal foundation for the war on terror.
He’s won three George Foster Peabody Awards, and in 2011 Abumrad was honored as a 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.”
Jad also created and hosted three seasons of More Perfect, a series about untold stories of the Supreme Court, which The New York Times called “...possibly the most mesmerizing podcast.” And in 2019, Jad Abumrad created Dolly Parton’s America a Peabody Award-winning 9-part series that explores a divided America through the life and music of one its greatest icons. Alongside his radio work, Abumrad continues to work as a composer and remixer and is currently hosting a radio show on Apple Music.
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