Title

A Lucky Wind
Produced
Soren Wheeler and Jad Abumrad

Presented

Radiolab, USA, 2009
Collection
TCF Winners
Tags
Philosophy, Science
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Story

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.

Producer

Soren Wheeler studied literature, creative writing, and philosophy at the University of Wisconsin. He then spent ten years working with K-12 science and math teachers and writing about how kids learn science, including co-authoring the book Atlas of Science Literacy. Wheeler left the formal education world, earned a masters degree at Johns Hopkins University, and has been a reporter, producer, and editor at WNYC’s Radiolab ever since.

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.

 

Extra

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Comments

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