A Lucky Wind
Soren Wheeler and Jad Abumrad


Radiolab, USA, 2009
TCF Winners
Philosophy, Science
19 26


Do we live in a world where there is magic and meaning, or is it all just chance?

Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich explore this question by meeting two young women who share a nearly unbelievable story of coincidence and fate. Then they consult with statisticians to get a very different take on the same story.

A Lucky Wind won a Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award in the 2009 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. The story was produced with co-host and consulting editor, Robert Krulwich.


Soren Wheeler is the Senior Editor at the Peabody Award-winning show Radiolab, where he he plays a variety of roles, including producer, editor, and reporter. He also manages the production staff, and oversees the development of show content. Before coming to Radiolab, Wheeler was at the Association for the Advancement of Science, where he co-authored the book Atlas of Science Literacy. Wheeler has won awards for production on radio pieces about statistics and randomness, the periodic table, and the story of a woman waking up from a coma.

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.


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Contains a glaring mathematical error. And it won a science journalism prize from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences! Sigh.
Posted by Math checker from Somewhere at 08/27/2010
Amazing story! Thank you for a entertaining and touching story!
Posted by Jessica Strauss from Perth at 04/22/2010