MacArthur 'Genius' Award Winner Jad Abumrad

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2011 "genius grants." Among this year's fellows are an architect, a scientist, a children's choir founder, and a familiar face to the staff of The Takeaway and our co-producer WNYC. Jad Abumrad, host of WNYC's Radiolab, just found out a few days ago he would receive one of the $500,000 grants. John and Celeste ask him about the honor. (Watch a video about Abumrad after the jump.)

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Jad Abumrad

Comments [4]

Catharina Levine

Just read about you in the NY TIMES and looking forwards to hearing your diverse commentaries.

Apr. 29 2013 12:40 AM
Dropsy

Just watched your interview on CNN. Its quite disappointing how a media person like you would generalize on a country so negatively the way you did on TV. The world is watching. Yes, there's scam everywhere but the way you picked on one country, generalizing and making fun of it on international TV is very non-professional. The media should stop painting only the negative sides of a country! Please.

Apr. 29 2012 02:52 PM
Jane from Massachusetts

Congrats to Jad! (And Robert Krulwich). Radiolab is a great show, and very creative.

However I have to say it was really hard for me to stay tuned onto this program - even though I wanted to hear more about Jad - because of the "talk-show" tone that John was using in the interview. If I wanted this tone I wouldn't be on public radio.

Sep. 20 2011 12:05 PM
Angel from Miami, FL

Congratulations to Jad! I love the show and realized his genius when one of his stories (Finding Emilie) managed to restart my tearducts after years, literally years, of inactivity. So much so that I believed my ducts to be broken. Or was I just dead inside? It's toss up. Thanks, Abumrad (and other guy on radiolab).

Sep. 20 2011 11:08 AM

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