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Sight Unseen

In December of 2009, photojournalist Lynsey Addario was embedded with a medevac team in Afghanistan. After days of waiting, one night they got the call - a marine was gravely wounded.

Best Documentary: Gold2015 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2015 / Jad Abumrad / Soren Wheeler / Radiolab, USA

In December of 2009, photojournalist Lynsey Addario was embedded with a medevac team in Afghanistan. After days of waiting, one night they got the call - a marine was gravely wounded.

What happened next happens all the time. But this time it was captured, picture by picture, in excruciating detail. Sight Unseen was produced and edited by Jad Abumrad with co-producers Soren Wheeler and Jamison York for WNYC’s Radiolab.

This story won the Best Documentary: Gold Award in the 2015 TC/RHDF Competition.


The photo of Jad was snapped by Marco Antonio, and photo of Soren at the Awards Ceremony by Bill Healy.

You can see Lynsey Addario's photo essay for Time here. View more of her stunning work at


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Jad Abumrad

Jad Abumrad (@JadAbumrad), is a Peabody Award-winning producer and 2011 MacArthur Fellow, is the creator and co-host of WNYC's Radiolab .

Soren Wheeler

Soren Wheeler (@SorenWheeler) is the Senior Producer at Radiolab, where he plays a variety of roles, including producer, editor, and reporter.


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