Stories by Jad Abumrad

When Kelley Benham and her husband finally got pregnant, after many attempts and a good deal of technological help, everything was perfect. Until it wasn’t. Their story raises questions that, until recently, no parent had to face.

Jad Abumrad
Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
59 min 32 sec
Air Date: 04/30/2013

In early August of 1945, Tsutomu Yamaguchi had a run of the worst luck imaginable. A double blast of radiation left his future, and the future of his descendants, in doubt.

Jad Abumrad
Radiolab
20 min 57 sec
Air Date: 07/16/2012

Jad Abumrad goes looking for the devil, in search of the truth behind the legend of one of the most haunting, shadowy figures in music — American blues singer Robert Johnson.

Jad Abumrad
Radiolab
30 min 10 sec
Air Date: 04/16/2012

In 1822, an accidental shooting left Alexis St. Martin with a hole in his gut that wouldn’t heal, but didn’t kill him either. Instead, the strange relationship that developed between the patient and his doctor opened up a one-of-a-kind window into the human body.

Jad Abumrad
Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
16 min 04 sec
Air Date: 04/02/2012

Two stories about heart-stopping falls: David Eagleman gets to the bottom of what goes on in our brains during those life or death moments when time seems to slow way down. Plus, the story of Sarita and Simon, who fell in, and then out, of love.

Jad Abumrad
Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
22 min 37 sec
Air Date: 09/20/2010

Is there such a thing as a purely selfless deed? Three bona fide heroes explain what went through their minds as they leapt into action. The heroes: Lora Shrake, who squared off with a 950-pound bull; Bill Pennell, who repeatedly dove into a burning car for survivors; and Wesley Autrey, who jumped in front of a subway train.

Jad Abumrad
Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
16 min 09 sec
Air Date: 12/14/2010

The best idea that Susan Schaller ever had came after meeting an isolated young man at a community college. He was 27. Though he had been born deaf, no one had ever taught him to sign. He had lived his entire life without language.

Jad Abumrad
Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
30 min 04 sec
Air Date: 08/09/2010

The dizzying rise and fall of Lincoln Beachey, a pilot whose aeronautic feats changed aviation forever and turned chancy stunts into acrobatic mastery.

Jad Abumrad
Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
17 min 08 sec
Air Date: 09/20/2011

A chimp teaches us the ups and downs of growing up human (here’s the epilogue, too).

Jad Abumrad
Radiolab
59 min 46 sec
Air Date: 02/19/2010

As host of 99% Invisible, Roman Mars spotlights the seams and joints that make up the world around us. Roman joins Radiolab to play some favorites from his podcast, and chat about the hidden language of design that shapes our lives.

Jad Abumrad
Robert Krulwich
Roman Mars
26 min 37 sec
Air Date: 12/12/2011