The Spokane community is invited to engage in a conversation with public radio personality Jad Abumrad – creator and host of popular podcast Radiolab – who is speaking virtually at the Spokane Community College Hagan Center at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 2022, via YouTube.
About the program
The SCC Hagan Center invites speakers from across the world to join the campus community each winter and spring. Abumrad, who is the final guest of the Spring Quarter 2022 series, will be interviewed virtually by SCC Dean Gwendolyn Cash-James, followed by an audience Q and A.
Attendees can register and watch here. All are welcome, and we especially invite those teaching in K-12 to join us.
About Jad Abumrad
Jad Abumrad is a MacArthur Fellow and host of the Peabody Award-winning show Radiolab, a public radio program broadcast on nearly 600 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 12 million times a month as a podcast.
The show is co-hosted by Lulu Miller, and Latif Nasser. Abumrad also hosts Everything. Together. Radio on Apple Music Hits. Each episode offers a kaleidoscopic mix of up-tempo, electro, dance, funk, hip-hop, experimental noise, soul, and everything in between.
Abumrad employs his dual backgrounds as composer and journalist to create what’s been called “a new aesthetic” in broadcast journalism. He orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews and sounds into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics, such as the nature of numbers, the evolution of altruism, or the legal foundation for the war on terror.
He’s won three George Foster Peabody Awards, and in 2011, was honored as a MacArthur Fellow (also known as the Genius Grant). The MacArthur Foundation website says: “Abumrad is inspiring boundless curiosity within a new generation of listeners and experimenting with sound to find ever more effective and entertaining ways to explain ideas and tell a story.”
Abumrad also created and hosted three seasons of More Perfect, a series about untold stories of the Supreme Court, which The New York Times called “... possibly the most mesmerizing podcast.” And in 2019, Abumrad created Dolly Parton’s America (along with osm Audio’s Shima Oliaee) a Peabody Award-winning 9-part series that explores a divided America through the life and music of one its greatest icons.
At a Glance
What: Hagan Center Speaker Series with Jad Abumrad
When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8
How to join: Register and watch along.