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Making Tricky Science into Sticky Stories

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 7:00pm
The Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center

Nature of Things Lecture featuring

Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich
Hosts of WNYC's Radiolab

Location: The Rio Tinto Center, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City
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Free Event -- Advance reservations are NOW FULL!
Patrons with advance reservations must be in their seats by 6:45 p.m.

An onsite wait list will be available for a limited amount of seating on the evening of the event.

Radiolab is public radio’s cult sensation about science, wonder and discovery.  With curiosity and wit, co-hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich use sound to illuminate ideas and blur boundaries between science, philosophy and human experience.  Abumrad  and Krulwich will be in Salt Lake City for their live stage show “In the Dark” performing later in the week. Before that show, they will join us at the Museum to open up their playbook and share some of their secrets for taking the complex and confusing and turning it into the profound and memorable. They’ll discuss the elements that make a good story great and delve into why some stories – like climate change – are terribly boring and problematic to tell.

The Museum is pleased that Jad and Robert are taking time during their visit to Salt Lake City to participate in the Nature of Things. 

For more information about Radiolab's live stage show, "In the Dark", at the Capitol Theatre, click here to visit the ArtTix website.


About this Sold-Out Nature of Things Event

Reservations for the Nature of Things Event with the hosts of Radiolab are full. An onsite standby line will be available for a limited amount of seating on the evening of the event.

For Patrons with Reservations:

At 6:15 p.m. the Main Entrance doors will be opened to all patrons showing a copy of their email reservation confirmation.  All patrons with reservations (with all members of their party) must be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. Anyone with a reservation but arriving after 6:45 pm will need to join the onsite standby line.

For Patrons without Reservations:

An onsite standby line will be available starting at 6:00 pm at the Museum’s Group Entrance on Level 2 (the north side of the building). All available seats as of 6:45 pm will be released to patrons in the standby line on a “first-come, first-served” basis as seats are available.

Please Note:
  • Due to the KCPW 88.3 FM live radio broadcast, the event will begin sharply at 7:00 p.m.  Those not admitted to the event by 7:00 pm will need to leave the building, whether they have a reservation or not.
  • The Museum will close to the public at 5:00 p.m. On Tuesday, April 3rd.  Museum patrons, with or without Nature of Things event reservations, will not be able to wait for the evening event inside the building.  Everyone will be asked to leave the building so that set-up can occur.
  • The "Making Tricky Science into Sticky Stories" discussion will be broadcast live on KCPW 88.3 FM.

If you have additional questions, email us.


About the Presenters

Jad Abumrad is an award-winning producer and composer who has been called “a new young master of the radio craft” and was recently named a 2011 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow.  The son of a scientist and a doctor, Abumrad did most of his growing up in Tennessee, before studying creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio.  Following graduation, he wrote music for films, and reported and produced documentaries for a variety of local and national public radio programs, including On the Media, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and WNYC’s 24 Hours at the Edge of Ground Zero.

Robert Krulwich is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and NPR Science Correspondent who has been hailed as “the most inventive network reporter in television” by TV Guide. His specialty is explaining complex subjects –science, technology, economics – in a style that is clear, compelling, and entertaining. He has explored the structure of DNA with a banana, explained arbitrage by wearing Groucho glasses, and illustrated the Texaco-Pennzoil battle with Barbie and Ken dolls. A Special Correspondent for ABC News, Krulwich appears regularly on Nightline and other news programs, including ABC News Tonight and Good Morning America.

Nature of Things 2012 is underwritten by the R. Harold Burton Foundation.