NEW GUEST: Jad Abumrad
NEW GUEST: Jad Abumrad – “The Terrors & Occasional Virtues of Not Knowing What You’re Doing”
It’s not everyone who manages to design new modes of storytelling. Jad, with his pal Robert Krulwich, have invented ways of blending sound and voice into something musical–both familiar and strange, primal and sophisticated. In his Transom Manifesto, Jad reflects on the birth of Radiolab, the ways we discover things without realizing it, the difficulty of changing, and the burdens of geniushood. You can hear early mock-ups, seminal conversations, inspirational moments, and thoughts about what to do next. Jad recently won a MacArthur Fellowship and it’s brave of him to speak publicly, since all expectations from now on will be unreasonable, but this is very good stuff. Come check it out.
NEW EVENT: Jad in Woods Hole
Transom Bonus: Jad is coming up here to Cape Cod to give a public talk on storytelling, science, and other stuff. It will be great. If you’re in the neighborhood on August 19th, drop by. Find out more here:
NEW REVIEW: Phyllis Fletcher and Robert Smith, “Creativity in a Minute”
Phyllis (KUOW) and Robert (NPR) convince you to give up long-form documentary and take up the news spot. It’s creative work, they say, and you’ll get famous! Seriously, this is required reading for reporters and editors. We have compiled their advice and conversation into the downloadable PDF of the Transom Review. Get a copy for your newsroom. “Go forth and be brief.”
Drop over any time,
Atlantic Public Media
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
“So there’s a question of what to do with the gut churn and the existential dread that is inevitable when you find yourself way outside your comfort zone. Milton Erickson, the great psychologist, had this idea that you can reframe anything. You can take the worst feeling in the world and ‘reframe’ it so that that terrible feeling becomes its own solution.
“…I think I can either run from that feeling, we as a community can either run from that feeling, or we can run TO that feeling. We can treat that feeling as an arrow that we need to follow. Like, OK, I’m about to vomit, my stomach is about to leap out of my mouth…but maybe that just means I’m on the right track. Maybe that just means I’m doing my job.”
-Jad Abumrad, continued at Transom.org