Since his early days composing film scores, award winning audio producer Jad Abumrad has always had an exceptional ear. He has been called “master of the radio craft” for his unique ability to combine cutting edge sound-design, cinematic storytelling, and a personal approach to explaining complex topics. He’ll discuss his work on Radiolab, More Perfect, Dolly Parton’s America and more with Academy Award® nominated filmmaker, Jason Reitman. Reitman’s films include Tully, Juno, Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking, and the highly anticipated upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife slated to release November 2021.
Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab, More Perfect, and Dolly Parton’s America (a collaboration with OSM Audio’s Shima Oliaee). He's been called "master of the radio craft" for his unique ability to combine cutting edge sound-design, cinematic storytelling, and a personal approach to explaining complex topics—from the stochasticity of tumor cells to the legal underpinnings of the war on terror. Jad studied creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. He composes much of the music for Radiolab, and has composed music for film, theater and dance. He's received three Peabody Awards, and the prestigious MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship.
Jason Reitman is the Academy Award® nominated filmmaker of Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult, Tully, and The Front Runner. He is also the producer of Hulu’s Casual and the films Whiplash and Jennifer’s Body. He originated the hit Live Read series at LACMA to benefit Film Independent and directed the Home Movie Princess Bride to benefit World Central Kitchen. His next film is Ghostbusters: Afterlife slated to release November 2021.