Drawing from radio and beyond, Jad Abumrad shares the stories, sounds, people and projects that have most inspired him over the years, and talked about some of the creative challenges he's faced (and embraced) along the way.
Note! Near the top of his talk, Jad showed the first five minutes from Harris Savides' (RIP) film "Birth." We've edited this down to ~30 seconds in this audio file, and here's a short excerpt of the movie clip to give you a taste of what the audience was watching. (The full five minutes continue in much the same manner.)
Also, the session wraps with a spontaneous singalong inspired by this Radiolab story. Memorable, to say the least!
Jad Abumrad, a Peabody Award-winning producer and 2011 MacArthur Fellow, is the creator and co-host of WNYC's Radiolab. Jad has been called "a young master of the radio craft" as well as "a hurler of radio missiles that leave welts on the backsides of listeners everywhere." (That last quote is his own). Prior to joining WNYC, Abumrad worked as an independent reporter, producer, and documentarian for a variety of local and national programs. Prior to radio, Abumrad wrote music for films and studied music composition and creative writing at Oberlin College.