Jad Abumrad

Jad Abumrad

Host


RadioLab

New York, NY USA


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.

Videos

Videos

By Roadtrip Nation

Jad Abumrad

Highlight
Themes: Fear
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InterviewThe Interview
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Rooted In What Pleases YouWeb Exclusive
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Vocabulary of FeelingsWeb Exclusive
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I Never Made A Plan To Do ThisWeb Exclusive
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Dread & AnxietyInterview Excerpt
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You Should Be Panicking Just EnoughInterview Excerpt
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Periodically Alienate Your AudienceInterview Excerpt
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Something Very DifferentInterview Excerpt
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Your Future Self Is Leading YouInterview Excerpt
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What Is Possible Right Outside My BorderInterview Excerpt
Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
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."
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Creative Writing
Oberlin College
undergrad
Bachelor
Music Theory and Composition
Oberlin College
Career

Career

Host

I created a show called Radiolab and tell stories on the radio for a living.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Music
Music
Radio
Radio
Being Creative
Being Creative