The Mission Creek Festival announced today that Jad Abumrad, creator and cohost of NPR’s Radiolab, has joined the festival’s 2015 lineup, replacing Isabella Rosselli after her recent cancelation. Abumrad will present a multimedia lecture entitled “Gut Churn” on Saturday, April 4 at the Englert Theatre.
In a narrative format similar to Radiolab, Abumrad will use audio clips, still images, sound manipulation and video to discuss how the stomach-twisting fears that come with creating something new are actually essential to innovation.
“Jad Abumrad’s appearance at the festival reflects our effort to keep bringing in artists and thinkers who blur lines and cross wires,” said Andre Perry, executive director of the Mission Creek Festival. “Mr. Abumrad does just that with his Radiolab series on NPR. We suspect it will be deep, we suspect it will be awesome.”
In addition to his work in radio, Abumrad has worked as musician and composer, and was a 2011 recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant.