Jad's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team T.B.D.

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 10

  • ON DVD:

JAD ABUMRAD

Host
RadioLab

“There’s a feeling of dread and a feeling of anxiety that you have at this point, and there’s a tendency to want to curtail the uncertainty…but premature certainty is the enemy—it’s always the enemy.”

INTERESTS:

Radio

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Doubt Failure Fear Individualism Negativity Opportunity Talent Planning Instincts Passion

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

Adjacent Possible theory, alienate, anxiety, being open, change, combining interests, comfort zone, dread, editing, instant gratification, music, music composition, panic, possibility, questioning, radio, routine, surprise, uncertainty, volunteer

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Went to school to study music composition and specifically wanted to write music for films.
  • Eventually realized he just wasn’t good enough to do music professionally.
  • His girlfriend pointed out that while he might not be great at either, he was good at both writing and music; pointed him towards radio.
  • He was making no money, couldn’t see a career ahead, but had fun, felt immediate satisfaction when he did interviews.
  • Now produces/hosts the show Radiolab and says he’s stunned by how closely it resembles his original dreams.
  • Says he constantly faced fear and dread, but he’d be more worried about young people who don’t feel uncertainty than those who do.
  • Uses the “adjacent possible” as a metaphor for building a passion or talent; ask, “What is possible right outside my border?”
  • When he started doing the show, he received hundreds of hate-calls; says he’s come to terms with that, part of his job is to “ruffle feathers.”

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