Jad Abumrad, Host/Producer of Radiolab on NPR, was a guest of the Motion Picture Arts department, and the Community Meeting speaker on September 7, 2011. He also addressed Math/Science in the morning and Creative Writing/MPA, and Music/Comparative Arts in smaller sessions during the afternoon.
Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of the cult-sensation Radiolab (http://radiolab.org), which reaches 2.5 million people per month. He's been called a "master of the radio craft" for his unique ability to combine cutting edge sound-design, cinematic storytelling and a personal approach to explaining complex topics, from the stochasticity of tumor cells to the mathematics of morality. Jad studied creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. He composes much of the music for Radiolab, and in the past has composed music for film, theater and dance. In 2011, Radiolab received a Peabody Award, the highest honor in broadcasting.
September 20, 2011 update: Jad Abumrad has been named a 2011 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient!