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Holy Genius, Abumrad

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 10:30 AM

So, turns out...Jad is totally a Genius--he just got word he's been named a MacArthur Fellow. Go Jad! Team Radiolab salutes you! Now hurry up and finish the podcast so we can parade you around and celebrate!


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Alice from China

Congratulations Jad on being named a MacArthur Fellow!

What's happening at Oberlin with the recent hate related incidents?

Mar. 05 2013 09:53 AM
Joe from Bayport

Kircher was born before his time. Today, he would be appearing on multiple cable channels telling us all about UFO's, alien astronauts and the mysteries of the pyramids!

Jan. 06 2013 10:41 PM
Beatrice Blake from Brattleboro, VT

Congratulations, Jad! There is hope and opening in a society that recognizes your genius. Thank you for enriching our lives!

Nov. 01 2011 09:53 AM
ilana from pittsboro

You had me with "Numbers". I'm so proud to be a radiolab fan and supporter! Well deserved recognition Jad. You are a genious and us radiolab fanatics knew it all along. Your show makes my week! Kuddos to Robert too - you make an extraordinary pair.

Oct. 31 2011 07:55 PM
Harvey from Nashville

Well done, Jad!
Many cheers from your ole school director/principal...

Sep. 28 2011 10:59 AM
My from St. Louis

This piece of news makes me emotional...I love Radiolab so so so much. This is like seeing something you really care for, a piece of your life be successful, and getting what it deserves....YOU GUYS are my INSPIRATIONS. Thank you so much...

Sep. 27 2011 08:04 PM
Jennifer from Hamilton, Ontario

Dear Jad, I am amazed, thrilled, and surprised that the McArthur foundation found you, agreed with me and everyone else, and has given you the award. I love Radiolab and everyone in my family, from age 7 to age 42, listens to it regularly. You guys rock!

Sep. 27 2011 11:49 AM
Mike from Perth, Western Australia

Well done Jad.

Does this mean you won't be needing any more listener contributions? :-P

Sep. 27 2011 05:53 AM

I'm pretty sure even in the UK they spell "cited" with a C, Pedro.

Sep. 26 2011 03:19 PM
g griffin from London

to Pedro in UK

Hey Pedro you should direct your observations to the donor not to the recipient

Sep. 26 2011 01:30 PM

Wow! No more listener contributions from me! Awesome though. And for science journalism! Who'da'thunk? No surprise it's to you though.

Sep. 25 2011 06:06 PM
pedro from u.k.

It just goes to show the extent of the deterioration of the English language when radio programme makers (however good) can in ANY WAY be described as genius! It is the same as ANY footballer being sited as a hero! Totally inept, inaccurate and insulting to anyone with half a brain.

Sep. 25 2011 05:08 PM
Eduardo Jaramillo from Minnesota

Yeah Jad!!!!!!!!!! Way 2 go!

Sep. 25 2011 04:30 PM
formicablu from bologna, italy

Hey Jad, your italian fans are so happy!!! we're in love with radiolab, and we hope to hear more and more of it!

Sep. 25 2011 03:42 PM
Reg Gatenby

Great news - heard it on BBC Radio 4 this morning. Thought it was just me over in Britain who was a fan - now the secret is out.

Sep. 25 2011 12:15 PM
g griffin from From London [England :)

never heard of him ! BUT i have just download 10 podcasts and really looking forward to gorging on what sounds absolutely fantastic - congrats

Sep. 25 2011 07:25 AM
The Aboumrads in Canada from Toronto, Canada

Well Done

Sep. 24 2011 02:35 PM
Bklyn listener from Brooklyn

Congratulations, Jad! Well deserved.

Sep. 23 2011 02:05 PM
RheaSylvia from Spain

Congratulations, Jad! So well-deserved! Greetings from Spain! You and Robert are so inspiring! I'm completely hooked to RadioLab.

Sep. 23 2011 01:03 PM

congrats Jad, I am happy for you.

Sep. 23 2011 01:42 AM
Mariana on the Hayward Fault

Huge congrats, Jad! I knew you when! Well, actually, I didn't know you, but I felt that flush of feeling like I knew someone when the MacArthur award was announced. I'm glad you'll have the support to do more of your awesome work.

Sep. 23 2011 12:56 AM
David Wolfson from Bay area

OMG!!! Congratulations.

Sep. 22 2011 11:13 PM
Blake Chattaway from Las Vegas, NV, USA

I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed discovering this podcast!

What a delightful way to peer through the fog into the windows of wonder. I learn every time I listen.

Thank you so much for sharing this mana.

Sep. 22 2011 10:06 PM
Mike from Miami, FL

Congratulations Jad!!!!!!!! you and your genius are so deserving of this award. Radiolab is a breakthrough in radio, storytelling, and intellectual entertainment! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication, I am confident i speak on everyone's behalf when I say I am extremely appreciative.

Sep. 22 2011 05:29 PM
Cece from Chicago

Congratulations, Jad! Great, great news!

Sep. 22 2011 04:07 PM
Jennifer from Long Island

Congratulations, Jad! I can't think of person more deserving... Your creativity on Radiolab is definitely of the genius variety!

Sep. 21 2011 10:24 PM
Jason Abbadon

Wow! I heard this on NPR yesterday and said "That's our boy!"

Really kickass achievment, Jad- but dont let it go to your head though...(maybe have some business cards printed up casually mentioning it) : )

Sep. 21 2011 09:46 PM
Melissa from Atlanta, GA

Well-deserved honor! Way to Go, Jad and the whole team!

Sep. 21 2011 09:04 PM

Congratulations, Jad! So very well-deserved.

I say go ahead, lord it over Krulwich for a while.

Sep. 21 2011 08:49 PM

It would be nice to see him collaborating with the Perimeter Institute for theoretical physics.

Sep. 21 2011 08:05 PM
Steve Brown

Congratulations, Jad. You and Robert and the rest of your team consistently produce the best radio on radio. The award is well deserved. Thank you, so much, for telling stories, helping me learn, and enriching my life.

Sep. 21 2011 08:01 PM
Gonzalo from Mendoza, Argentina

You earned it man! Congratulations!!!

Sep. 21 2011 04:24 PM
Jayashree from Mpls


Sep. 21 2011 03:21 PM
Bart from Houston, TX

Way to go, Jad! Heard the special shout out on Morning Edition. Love your work.

Sep. 21 2011 03:20 PM
Derek from Missouri


I'm very happy for your recent grant award. I know you will continue to do fantastic work, but maybe now you can instruct your volunteer army or credits-readers on the correct pronunciation of your name? :)

In any case, this award was richly deserved and is sure to be a welcome addition at your household. Thanks for all you do to keep us all informed.

Sep. 21 2011 02:20 PM
Jay and Grayson from Ventura, CA

We wish you a hearty congrats! You (and the rest of the team) provide us with much entertainment and inspiration.

Sep. 21 2011 02:12 PM

Congrats Jad. You've made a lot of us better thinkers by just listening to Radio Lab.

Sep. 21 2011 01:28 PM
groobiecat from Brattleboro, VT

Cheers! Well done. Keep up the great work. Is Robert K jealous? :D

Sep. 21 2011 01:09 PM
AP from Phoenix

Hot diggety dawg! Congratulations to Jad and all who contribute to RadioLab from yet another giddy fan!

Sep. 21 2011 01:08 PM
David Leventhal from San Mateo, CA


Congrats on the genius award.

I remember my first encounter with RadioLab, I was flipping through my local public radio options and I came across your show on the Periodic Tables. The image of Mendeleev sitting in the train car, the sound of the train car and trees wooshing by, the stack of cards being laid out and then magically the table being formed, it was so "genius" how you painted this picture of the "aha" moment in science and all I wanted to do was go back, pick up my kids and play this for them. Since then, I subscribed to your podcast and listen to your shows over and over again.

The moment I truly would love to share with you is when I hear the voice of my 8 year old daughter from the backseat of the car saying "dad, I can't hear it, can you turn it up a bit?" The way you present topics of science are so captivating for my children, you have opened their minds to so many new concepts, experiences, knowledge (I'm thinking of the episode on Good or the War of the World episode or even the subsequent piece on Zoe Keating). Your excitement listening to Zoe create her art was inescapable, palpable and true.

I must admit that one of my favorite parts of your broadcasts is listening to people mangle the pronunciation of your name. Now that is truly genius.

Sep. 21 2011 12:35 PM
Kate from Dartmouth

I was so please to read about the genius award. Heartiest congratulations!!

Sep. 21 2011 11:26 AM
todd from Rochester NY

The medium is the message. The way you ignite difficult concepts is genius. Thanks.

Sep. 21 2011 11:22 AM
Terry from Manhattan

Congratulations to Jad!!! I texted my daughter, who introduced me to the show, at college to share the great news. We are so thrilled with this great achievement.

Sep. 21 2011 10:03 AM

Bravo! My kids and I were high-fiving each other last night that our favorite podcaster received such a prestigious award. We're so happy for you.

Sep. 21 2011 09:48 AM
Eva Moravcik from Honolulu

Congratulations! I love radio lab and you do a magnificent job.

Sep. 21 2011 02:51 AM


Sep. 21 2011 01:37 AM
Aaron Bloom from Seattle, WA

Seriously, this is awesome. Congrats.

Sep. 21 2011 01:06 AM

Congratulations on the prize. Those of us in the Lebanese-American community are extremely proud of your contributions. Thank you.

Sep. 20 2011 11:53 PM
Andrew Klein from Dallas, Texas

I heard about this on my way home (on NPR of course)... It's refreshing when deserving creative people are properly acknowledged. Congrats Jad!

Sep. 20 2011 10:33 PM

I'm proud of myself - for recognizing what a gem we have in Jad before they called him a genius. Thanks Robert, we know you helped make him look good.

Sep. 20 2011 09:23 PM
Celia from New York

Congratulations, Jad! I'm delighted! This means all this time I've been listening to a genius! :)

Please come to Columbia Journalism School and talk to us! (Note: Before May 2012!)

Sep. 20 2011 09:23 PM

Congratulations, Jad! I was very excited to see you on the list this morning. You've brought innovation to a medium that is no longer new and your fresh approach reveals that, like headlines announcing Dewey defeats Truman, reports of radio's demise were premature.

Sep. 20 2011 08:50 PM
Benjamin Zank from Littleton, CO

Congratulations Jad!!! I truly cannot think of a more deserving person/enterprise than you and radiolab. Please keep up the good work!

Sep. 20 2011 08:48 PM
Nicole from Illinois

I was so excited to hear this news. This is just the type of endeavor that needs to be celebrated. Radiolab helps us see our world in a new way. Congratulations!

Sep. 20 2011 08:43 PM
Gavin from Seattle, WA

Congratulations Jad, and to Robert and the whole crew. You guys have the best podcast around.

Sep. 20 2011 07:42 PM
Duffy from Portland OR USA

I am so thrilled for you! Congratulations, Jad. You and Robert have such a marvelous and thought-provoking program. I always look forward to your new episodes and enjoy revisiting previous broadcasts. Well done!

Sep. 20 2011 07:38 PM
DavidF from Brooklyn

Congratulations! You--and, of course, Robert--deserve this recognition for creating one of the great media programs available today. We all know that Radiolab is absolute genius. Now it will have to share.

Sep. 20 2011 07:36 PM
Soph from San Diego

Congrats Jad!! Thanks for the great show

Sep. 20 2011 07:32 PM
Paula Withey from Buzzards Bay, MA

Congratulations Jad, you deserve it! Now share with Robert

Sep. 20 2011 07:22 PM
annie from Bronx, NY

Go Jad!!! You give the most intriguing answers to "why?" I have ever heard.

Sep. 20 2011 07:16 PM
Greg Council from Denver

Congrats Jad! I was first attracted to RL by the presence of Robert but it is now obvious that YOU are the genius!

Sorry Robert, you'll just have to settle for "truly enlightened".

Sep. 20 2011 06:50 PM
Kate from Toronto, Ontario

Radiolab connected me to science in a way my high school teachers never could (and I had good ones). Most valuably, helped inform me about all the awesome & amazing stuff happening in neurobiology that helps me understand and live better with depression. Finally, the joy I experienced listening to City X, and Emergence and much of Jad's work with sound stick with me years later.

Congrats Jad, it couldn't be given to a better recipient.

Sep. 20 2011 06:36 PM
April Stevenson from Long Island, NY

Completely deserved and your true hankering for knowledge lets us all know this money went to the right person. Excited to see what projects this enables you to share with the world!


Sep. 20 2011 06:25 PM
Frank Schorn from Glendale, Queens, NY

Whoo-hoo! The show is always amazing, and prompts me to try thinking outside the box. Nice to know that there is genius among us who has both a sense of wonder and humor. Go Jad!!!

Sep. 20 2011 05:59 PM


Sep. 20 2011 05:47 PM
David Jones from Austin, Tx

Congrats, very deserving recipient. Keep up the good work. Will Robert have Genius envy? Nah, everyone knows he is a genius, who needs all that attention?

Sep. 20 2011 05:38 PM
Ruben from Canton, MI

Well deserved.
Love Robert too! In my book you both are Geniuses!
Love the Show! Can't wait for the next one.

Sep. 20 2011 05:19 PM
Brooklynben from Central PA

Well done, sir!

Sep. 20 2011 04:45 PM
landreau from New Jersey

This is so right. Congrats, Jad, and to all who've made Radiolab the place to be. And to all you readers out there--how many of you secretly know that Radiolab has made you a more interesting person at parties and other gatherings? How many of you have heard someone say, "Is Radiolab the only thing you listen to?"

Sep. 20 2011 04:44 PM
Dai from Chicago

Congratulations! You totally deserve it. Thank you for continuing to feed my mind!

Sep. 20 2011 04:28 PM


Sep. 20 2011 04:25 PM
Helen from Philadelphia

No surprise there! Congratulations!

Sep. 20 2011 04:25 PM
durdlin from Brisbane, Australia

Wheeeee! Jad, you're the best.

Sep. 20 2011 04:13 PM
Tom from Dublin, Ohio


Sep. 20 2011 04:09 PM
Sherry from Washington, DC

Congratulations on a well-deserved award. RadioLab is the best thing going in any medium. Thank you for sharing your genius with us!

Sep. 20 2011 04:05 PM
Brian Greene from Hood River

Congrats - very well deserved!

Sep. 20 2011 04:04 PM
Simon J. Hernandez from Cambridge, MA

Congratulations on your MacArthur Award! Your show is always a delight, and a high point of the week. Salud!

Sep. 20 2011 03:57 PM
Sarah from Dayton, Ohio (Birthplace of Aviation)

Congrats Jad! Radiolab Rox!

Sep. 20 2011 03:48 PM
ryan from chicago

i did not know that jad was a musician/composer, but now nothing else seems as obvious. thank you, thank you for opening up the world of big questions in the most adult way and with the sincerest spirit of child-like wonder. i can't wait to share this show's genius with my own child and i hope to laugh, cry, wonder, and marvel at whatever comes next.

Sep. 20 2011 03:41 PM
Alissa from Seattle

This was a nice bit of news to find in the NYT. Great work by everyone on the show - and radiolab is a wonderful example of a thinking person's radio. Always a joy.

Sep. 20 2011 03:40 PM
Genevieve Mathis from New York City

Congratulations! Well deserved!

Sep. 20 2011 03:21 PM
ildelfonso from Turkey

Congratulations Jad! Well deserved. The show has been one of the things that has kept me going since last year.

Sep. 20 2011 03:21 PM
Roq from Seattle, WA

Yay! Totally deserved. I tell everyone about this show. Congrats!

Sep. 20 2011 03:12 PM
Marc from Paris

Félicitations !

Delighted for Jad!

Sep. 20 2011 03:06 PM

Happy for you and proud of you, Jad! Keep up the great work.

Sep. 20 2011 02:53 PM

Congratulations! Hopefully this means that Radiolab and team will be around for a long, long time! Keep up the inspiring work!!

Sep. 20 2011 02:33 PM
Cliff from Austin, TX

Way to go Jad! I've listened to every single radiolab and love telling people about all the cool subjects you guys cover. Keep up the good work and don't forget about Robert.

Sep. 20 2011 02:16 PM
Max Lent from Rochester, NY

Well deserved. Congratulations. I shared this with my friends on Facebook.

Keep up the good work. I look forward to every new program.

Sep. 20 2011 02:11 PM
Lkbb from New York

I am such a huge fan of RADIOLAB and I was giddy when I read that Jad got the grant! So well deserved. Congratulations!

Sep. 20 2011 02:09 PM
Ramon from San Francisco, CA

Congratulations Jad! Well-deserved!

Sep. 20 2011 01:48 PM
Aaron from North Carolina

Congratulations, Jad! I didn't know radio could sound like this when I first started listening. I hope all of the geniuses there (MacArthur or otherwise) keep up the amazing work!

Sep. 20 2011 01:42 PM
Audrey from Brooklyn

I'm a huge fan. Congrats! This is well deserved. Thank you to your whole team for producing such quality and provocative programming!!

Sep. 20 2011 01:31 PM
Christy from Battery Park City

I want to congratulate Jad as well as Robert and all the people behind the scenes who make the show happen. I'm with Mari from Westfield--I danced around the kitchen when I heard the news, too! Hurrah!

Sep. 20 2011 01:27 PM
Steph from Sweden

Well I do feel a bond with your work and have just heard a touch more genius from you both.
before I properly congratulate you Jad. Let me paint a picture for you; I´m an Englishman living in Sweden and currently sitting by a river that flows by my work window on a lunch break ^^ I´m a designer with an emotional sponge for a brain yet your keeping it alive each day and I most dearly thank you for that. My two sons put me onto your pod cast and I have never looked back. You will never have to spent a knickle on marketing ^^
Congratulations are in order here. My heart goes out to you all. Thx

Sep. 20 2011 01:26 PM
David Wasserman

Nashville is proud of you. Congratulations.

Sep. 20 2011 01:16 PM
Jason from San Francisco

Congratulations Jab. You do great work. This is well deserved.

Sep. 20 2011 01:09 PM
vincent tamariz from SF

yeah!!! Good DOES happen to good people!

Sep. 20 2011 12:58 PM
Ruth Greenwood from NJ

Fantastic! Well-deserved!

Sep. 20 2011 12:55 PM
Tina from Florence, MA

Congrats! I love radiolab - so does my 12 year old son. We had a "driveway moment" this weeeknd listening to a podcast - couldn't get out of the car. Well deserved!

Sep. 20 2011 12:44 PM
Jon Cassie from Los Angeles, CA

Brilliant! Can't wait to see what Radiolab does with the idea of genius-ness now!

Sep. 20 2011 12:40 PM
Mari from Westfield

When I heard the news, I literally started dancing around the kitchen. A friend of my husband's family also won a MacArthur, but I'm happier about yours, Jad!

Sep. 20 2011 12:22 PM
Beth in Fort Collins

Well I could have told you that! Congrats, but one question. Does it make you feel weird? =^.^=

Sep. 20 2011 12:20 PM
Colin from s-bar, ca

well done and well deserved! thanks for being rad, jad and robert!

Sep. 20 2011 12:12 PM
Nadine from London

Well done and keep up the good work! I'll raise a pint to that. Cheers!

Sep. 20 2011 12:10 PM
tony from new jersey

fantastic! very well-deserved. keep up the awesome work.

Sep. 20 2011 12:08 PM
Ana from Sheffield, England

Congratulations! You clearly deserve it as Radiolab is one of the most engaging and interesting radio shows I ever heard!

Sep. 20 2011 12:06 PM
Scott Chamberlain from Houston

Congratulations!!!! Can't get enough of your shows.

Sep. 20 2011 12:03 PM
Patrice from bangkok

awesome! congratulations!

Sep. 20 2011 11:59 AM
Mike from Wales

Brilliant news Jad. I'm very grateful for your show and keep spreading the word.

Sep. 20 2011 11:50 AM
Sean from San Francisco, CA

Congrats! I just started listening a year ago and haven't stopped since, you definitely deserve it.

Sep. 20 2011 11:45 AM
David Dawson from Oslo, Norway

Congrats on the award Jad - Now hopefully more will listen in - and perhaps it will appear on our national radio here??

Sep. 20 2011 11:40 AM
Rodi from Texas

Wonderful news, Jad A and Radiolab crew! You guys saving lives one pair of ears at a time. Congratulations and best wishes!

Sep. 20 2011 11:34 AM
Connor P from Berkeley, CA

Congrats Jad! Now go save the world or something! :-D

Sep. 20 2011 11:33 AM
Ryan Carbone from Queens

Congratulations Jad!!! I love the 1 hour episodes and hearing the awesome combination of your voice and Robert's that makes up one of the greatest podcasts ever to be put on npr

Sep. 20 2011 11:26 AM
Justin from New York City

Congrats, Jad! Your show continues to amaze me. Your archives keep me from falling asleep at work and make me want to do something better.

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Sep. 20 2011 11:15 AM
cristina from brooklyn

way to go and congrats! hope this can push the show to the ~NEXT LEVEL~ (whatever that may be, i'll be listening!)

Sep. 20 2011 11:14 AM
Hrefna from Iceland

Congratulations! RadioLab is my favorite radio-show ever. :) Thank you for all your great work, and here's to more great work to come! :)

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Sep. 20 2011 11:09 AM

So glad to hear you're being recognized, Jad. Radiolab is top notch!

Sep. 20 2011 11:04 AM
Mayo from brooklyn

humongous congratulations you guys totally deserve this! there's nothing like what you do anywhere in this multiverse!!!

Sep. 20 2011 11:03 AM
Pedrin from Durango, Durango Mexico

Felizidades!! Great job dude... Love the show.

Sep. 20 2011 11:02 AM
Susan Chng

Whoa--yay! Now don't go lording it over Krulwich. Love you both.

Sep. 20 2011 11:01 AM
Mary from Chicago

Congratulations! As a big fan of both Radio Lab and MacArthur Foundation, I'm so happy to see the two come together! Please keep up the great work, Jad!

Sep. 20 2011 11:00 AM
Mark Yo from Los Angeles, CA

Congratulations Jad! And a big thank you to Robert K and everyone at Radiolab who make science so interesting and accessible.

Sep. 20 2011 10:57 AM
Meg from Detroit

Congratulations Jad! You deserve it, and keep up the great work!!

Sep. 20 2011 10:52 AM
Meg from Detroit

Congratulations Jad! You deserve it, and keep up the great work!!

Sep. 20 2011 10:51 AM

congratulations, well deserved.

Sep. 20 2011 10:51 AM
majd from Treviso, Italy

Lebanon is proud of you!

Sep. 20 2011 10:47 AM

The link doesn't work.

Sep. 20 2011 10:45 AM
Christine from Washington, DC

I've known for a long time that Jad was a genius. Nice to know that it has been corroborated by the MacArthur folks.

Sep. 20 2011 10:43 AM
Lili from NYC

Congratulations Jad, anyone who listened to the show knew it was pure genius =)
You deserve it.

Sep. 20 2011 10:41 AM

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