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Jad Abumrad.

OTC: Jad Abumrad, OC ’95, Creator of Radiolab, Dolly Parton’s America

December 13, 2019

Jad Abumrad, OC ’95, is the creator and producer of some of the most popular public radio programs and podcasts, including Radiolab, More Perfect, and Dolly Parton’s America. Abumrad’s show Radiolab — previously co-hosted by Robert Krulwich, OC ’69 — airs on over 500 stations in the United States and is downloaded over 9 million times a month as a podcast. Radiolab was awarded a Peabody Award in 2011 and 2015, and Abumrad was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011. While at Oberlin, Abumrad st...

Students Reject Dissenting Opinions

Melissa Harris, Production Editor

November 11, 2016

Obies and their family members congregated in the Carnegie Building’s Root Room to hear NPR Radiolab host Robert Krulwich, OC ’69, give a talk titled “Oberlin Itches, So I Scratch: A Private 50 Year Fight With My College” at The Friends of the Library’s annual dinner Saturday night. While Krulwich may have graduated nearly 50 years ago, his speech made me recognize a timeless quality about Oberlin: the love-hate relationship that so many Obies foster with this college. I’ve experienced wave after wave of immense admiration and disdain for this institution, and Krulwich’s speech finally articulated those feelings for me. He stressed how, when he was at Oberlin, he was conflicted because his views — n...

Michele Norris, nationally acclaimed journalist.

Off the Cuff: Michele Norris, Author and Former NPR Host

September 16, 2016

Michele Norris is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist who spent nine years as the host of All Things Considered, NPR’s longest-running program. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Norris began working as a print journalist at the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. Norris then accepted a job at ABC News, where she worked for 10 years. Norris was NPR’s first African-American female host, and was awarded Journalist of the Year by...

Apocalyptical: NPR’s Radiolab Live in Cleveland

Matthew Sprung, Staff Writer

October 11, 2013

In a world inundated with media, NPR’s popular program Radiolab offers something different. Whereas experts on television and the internet provide only ambiguous answers to our questions about science and technology, Radiolab presents us with clear answers by both highlighting and dissecting these big questions. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the show has won a Peabody Award and earned Abumrad a MacArthur “Genius” Grant — not bad for a pair of Oberlin alumni. Radiolab’s live performance at the State Theater in Cleveland last Friday proved entertaining but failed to live up to the radio version. This is understandable, as Abumrad is notorious for his heavy editing of the radio version’s final...

Ira Glass Waxes Poetic About Storytelling

Liv Combe, Editor-in-Chief

October 7, 2011

The stage setup was unremarkable: a couple of standing microphones, a bottle of water and a mug sitting on a small table, a plain metal music stand. There was nothing, really, to catch the eye. And when Ira Glass, executive producer and host of National Public Radio’s This American Life, walked casually up the stairs and into view of the crowd packing Finney Chapel last Saturday, there was no fanfare to announce his arrival. But the moment Glass came onstage, the scene was transformed into something much more intriguing. In 2001, Time magazine named Glass the best radio host in the country, and more recently, he was the 2009 recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award, “the highest individual honor in public b...

Off the Cuff with Ira Glass

Liv Combe, Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2011

In 1978, you were 19 years old and you needed a summer job. Somehow you wound up at NPR? Yeah, I talked my way into an internship. I lived in Baltimore and NPR was in D.C. I had never heard them on the air. Nobody had ever heard them on the air, really. They were tiny, they had one national news show at that time, and it was All Things Considered. NPR only really came to exist in 1970, so it was very new and very small, and I was able to talk myself into working there for free for a summer after my freshman year of college. Was it love at first sight with broadcast journalism? It’s funny; I wasn’t even doing journalism at the beginning. I was in the promos department, and it wasn’t a love at first sight thin...

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