Goat on a Cow
Laura Starecheski, Jad Abumrad , and Ellen Horne


Radio Lab, USA, 2006
TCF Winners
Animals, History, Investigative
21 35


Laura Starecheski finds herself figuratively falling down a rabbit hole (microphone and all) as she embarks on a journey that begins with the story of a goat, a cow, and a box of old letters.

A seemingly random set of characters -- homesick WWII soldiers, an estranged husband, an amateur genealogist, and a Manhattan school teacher -- come into focus as Starecheski unearths the web that interconnects them.

Goat on a Cow won the Best Documentary: Silver Award in the 2006 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.


Laura Starecheski (@Starecheski) reports on health for NPR's Science Desk. She spent three years traveling the U.S. with the State of the Re:Union (SOTRU) crew. Her work has garnered a National Edward R. Murrow Award, among others. She was a 2014 Knight-Wallace Fellow and serves on the board of AIR.

Jad Abumrad (@JadAbumrad), 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). Abumrad worked as an independent reporter, producer, and documentarian for a variety of local and national programs before joining WNYC. Prior to radio, Abumrad wrote music for films and studied music composition and creative writing at Oberlin College.

Ellen Horne is the senior producer of WNYC’s Radio Lab. She has been an independent radio producer filing stories for B-side, KQED’s California Report, and the National Radio Project’s Making Contact. Before pursuing a career in radio, she worked in coral reef conservation. She studied theater and theology at Cornell College and somehow her education all makes sense now that she’s at Radio Lab.


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Goat on a Cow first aired on Radiolab, where "big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow."