Jad Abumrad

Jad Abumrad is the creator and former host of Radiolab and, among other honors, is the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” award. Employing his dual backgrounds as a composer and journalist, he orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews and sounds into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics. In this timely talk, Abumrad focuses on how to have difficult conversations with our fellow humans. Drawing on the latest research, and historical approaches, as well as interviews with social scientists, therapists, psychologists, journalists, oral historians, and philosophers about their “talk” practice, he has created a series of lectures, games and exercises that he will explore with the Mondavi Center audience.


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