Ultimately I'm interested in walking to that place beyond which we can only speculate and dream, and engage in mystery and wild conjectures, but I don't want to do that in a cheap way.

—Jad Abumrad, NPR

Speakers Series
Radiolab's Jad Abumrad

Jad Abumrad, the host and creator of public radio’s wildly popular Radiolab program and the hit Dolly Parton's America podcast, digs deep into some of his favorite topics in a talk that combines his signature wit and infectious sense of curiosity. Since its inception on WNYC in 2002, Radiolab has evolved into one of public radio’s most popular programs, broadcast on 524 stations nationally, with its podcast downloaded more than nine million times each month. The show has earned two Peabody awards, and Abumrad has been honored with a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” for “inspiring boundless curiosity within a new generation of listeners.” No fascinating topic is off-limits here—Abumrad’s programs explore sound, science, history, and the human mind, orchestrating dialogue, music, interviews, and sound effects into riveting documentaries that draw listeners into worlds unknown.

Cal Performances’ Speaker Series is a season-long series of presentations by some of the leading creative and intellectual voices of our time—thinkers, activists, strategists, satirists, journalists, and pioneers at the leading edge of culture and politics.



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Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.