April 24th, 2012
05:42 PM ET

This week on 'The Next List': Jad Abumrad, the certifiable 'genius' from Radiolab

Although he's only 39-years-old Abumrad is redefining the age-old medium of radio. He's the co-host of the wildly innovative show called Radiolab (WNYC Radio).

To try to define Radiolab is a fool's errand; it simply has to be heard. Each show tackles complex topics that range from the mind-bendingly scientific to deeply human philosophical questions. Abumrad takes us on this journey of explanation and exploration with multi-layered sound design interlacing loose bits of fun banter between him and his co-host Robert Krulwich. It's a fully realized, highly produced blockbuster.

Radiolab has a cult-like following of millions of fans who eagerly await each new show. And it's consistently one of the most popular iTunes podcasts - over 2 million subscribers a month. It also airs on more than 300 NPR stations across the country.

Radiolab is now extending beyond the airwaves; Abumrad and Krulwich are taking to the stage with live shows that mix music, comedy, as well as the usual exploration of big ideas.

Through Abumrad's sound experiments and creative genius, Radiolab has become a radio hallmark. In 2010 it won a Peabody Award. A year later Abumrad won the MacArthur Genius Grant, awarding him $500,000 for demonstrating creativity, the ultimate affirmation of Abumrad's innovation.

"Radio host" may not be the best title for Abumrad. He's an aural filmmaker rapidly changing the way we understand the world.

Tune in this Sunday, April 29th, 2 p.m. ET on CNN for The Next List's 30min profile of Jad Abumrad, which will also include interviews with Robert Krulwich and Ira Glass, host of "This American Life."

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  1. jebwa sabony

    the show is ok, it's redefining radio, and the jad guy is pretty annoying

    February 2, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • jebwa sabony

      i meant not redefining radio

      February 2, 2013 at 10:58 am | Reply
  2. jc

    I think this guy was fascinating, it was hard for me to keep up with his line of thought but very stimulating. I'm so happy to see there are people out there still trying to create instead of destroying or bringing people down, such as we see in so many radio and tv personalities today

    April 30, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply
  3. Ross

    I would look it up if you weren't so annoying to listen too...

    April 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
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    April 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply

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