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RadioLab Learns All About NYC’s ‘Poop Train’

The inquisitive minds at RadioLab this week got to the bottom of New York City sewage treatment. We’re talking 1.3 billion gallons (or seven billion pounds) of daily material that must be managed.

Up until 1986, West Side sewage was simply dumped, untreated into the Hudson River. There were also boats that would cart out loads 103 miles into the ocean and throw it all overboard. Today, the treated sewage is destined for landfill, but per the report by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, there was also another interim solution spearheaded by NYC “sludge salesman” Mike Sharp:

“And this is how the New York City poop train began. A couple of days before Earth Day 1992, several thousand tons of New York City sludge left the Big Apple, headed for Lamar, Colorado. Sixteen hundred miles away…”

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WNYC Host, Producer Jad Abumrad Named a Genius

Since 2005, Jad Abumrad has been the producer and co-host of nationally syndicated Radiolab, based at the WNYC studios. Today, Abumrad has been selected by the prestigious MacArthur Foundation as a 2011 MacArthur Fellow. Monetarily, Abumrad gets $500,000 for his intellect.

Abumrad put his grey matter to good use—c0-creating Radiolab, which through audio explorations, Abumrad is able to examine scientific and philosophical dilemmas, enriching listeners with the experience.

Abumrad takes his background as a composer to orchestrate dialogue, music, and sound effects into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics.

The 22 winners received a surprise phone call from the Foundation, saying  the cash prize has no-strings attached over the next five years. MacArthur Fellowships come without stipulations or reporting requirements and offer Fellows unprecedented freedom and opportunity to reflect, create, and explore.

Abumrad received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1995.

2011 MacArthur Genius Fellows Announced

The MacArthur Foundation announced the recipients of its 2011 “Genius Fellows Program.” Winners get a no-strings-attached $500,000.

It’s good to be a genius.

Interestingly, Harvard has more geniuses than the entire state of California. The school had three fellows while California had only two. Los Angeles had no geniuses this year, but the Bay Area had two–including poet Kay Ryan, who may not live here, but did graduate from UCLA.

Also among the winners is Jad Abumrad–co-host and producer of WNYC’s nationally syndicated show Radiolab. We approve. Hopefully Abumrad uses the money to squeeze a few extra episodes out of his show per year. We can’t get enough!