The best stories aren’t those that tell you what to think, but those that help you think for yourself. And there’s a man who’s behind a cultural shift in storytelling that understands this wholly: Jad Abumrad.
If you’ve listened to a podcast in the last 15 years, chances are you’ve heard his name along with co-host Robert Krulwich. As the creator of Radiolab, Jad has helped reinvent not only the podcast, but storytelling in general. That's why we were so excited to have him in our lineup of keynote speakers at the 2017 Film + Music Conference. His work has earned two Peabody Awards as well as a McArthur Genius Grant, to name a few, but more importantly, it’s blown the collective minds of millions since it hit the airwaves in 2002.
So if you came to the inaugural Film + Music Conference, or if you just like incredible storytelling, this list is a great way to spend your time. Here are our five favorite Radiolab episodes, listed in chronological order:
Explore how city’s live and breathe, how they were built, and how they survive — somehow.
Mind-blowing moment: We travel to a city that’s been literally on fire for more than 55 years.
Who knew color could be this fascinating: we meet Sir Isaac Newton, an age-old mystery, a color prodigy…and the mantis shrimp.
Mind-blowing moment: We learn that knowing something exists may make it so.
It turns out there are 60 words that have shaped the longest war in American history. Learn how it happened in this Peabody Award-winning episode.
Mind-blowing moment: We hear a congresswoman make the most difficult decision of her life.
An attorney is tasked with defending a serial killer, and in the process may become even more hated than his client.
Mind-blowing moment: We find out that concealing the location of a body may have been the moral choice.
In the face of terrible situations, from an immigrant crisis, to post-earthquake Haiti, and Hurricane Katrina — learn that playing God isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Mind-blowing moment: We face what happens when an entire hospital gets isolated in a hurricane.
Do you have a particular favorite episode of Radiolab? Let us know in the comment section below. It’s safe to say we had a tough time narrowing down this list.
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