Finding Emilie
Jad Abumrad , Robert Krulwich, and Soren Wheeler


WNYC Radio, USA, 2011
TCF Winners
Body, Love, Mind
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While in college, Alan fell hard for a fellow art student, Emilie.

Nine months after they started dating, the unimaginable happened - Alan lost Emilie in a distant netherworld. But then he found her again. This is the story of how.

Finding Emilie won the Best Documentary: Silver Award in the 2011 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. It was produced in 2011 for WNYC's Radiolab, by Jad Abumrad with Robert Krulwich and Soren Wheeler.


Jad Abumrad (@JadAbumrad), a Peabody Award-winning producer and 2011 MacArthur Fellow, is the creator and co-host of WNYC's Radiolab. Jad has been called "a young master of the radio craft" as well as "a hurler of radio missiles that leave welts on the backsides of listeners everywhere." (That last quote is his own). Abumrad worked as an independent reporter, producer, and documentarian for a variety of local and national programs before joining WNYC. Prior to radio, Abumrad wrote music for films and studied music composition and creative writing at Oberlin College.

A correspondent for National Public Radio, award-winning producer Robert Krulwich regularly appears on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He is co-host of RadioLab, a nationally distributed radio series that explores new developments in science for people who are curious but not usually drawn to science shows. No stranger to TV, Krulwich contributes to ABC’s Nightline, World News Tonight and World News Now. His talent for on-air teaching is often called upon to make complicated subjects comprehensible. Over the years, he’s used ballet companies, puppets, and animals (live and stuffed) to help illustrate hard-to-understand concepts in finance, biology, and economics. 

Soren Wheeler is the Senior Editor at the Peabody Award-winning show Radiolab, where he he plays a variety of roles, including producer, editor, and reporter. He also manages the production staff, and oversees the development of show content. Before coming to Radiolab, Wheeler was at the Association for the Advancement of Science, where he co-authored the book Atlas of Science Literacy. Wheeler has won awards for production on radio pieces about statistics and randomness, the periodic table, and the story of a woman waking up from a coma.


Keep up with Emilie's progress on her blog.
Here more inspired and inspiring stories from Radiolab.

Check out other winners from the 2011 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.


Emily is an astounding, inspirational young woman. I am proud to know her! I am thankful that she has Alan- an amazing supportive partner.
Posted by Ann from New Orleans at 01/03/2012
One of the best stories I've ever heard. Love, commitment, determination are words that hardly do justice to this story. God bless you.
Posted by Frankie from St. Joseph, MO at 12/26/2011
Dear Emilie and Alan, I keep hearing your voices play back throughout the day ever since I heard your story air. I love your love.
Posted by steve from Chicago at 12/02/2011
This is the best story I have ever heard on any medium.
Posted by Adam from Dearborn MI at 11/29/2011
I was glued to the edge of my seat! Drama, suspense, horror and true love. You couldn't write a story this good.
Posted by Montsho Pettaway from Chicago, IL at 11/29/2011
This is exactly the kind of story that exemplifies why it is sometimes we need a story more than we need food. So happy to hear the outcome!
Posted by Julianne from Seattle, WA at 11/26/2011
Our lives have changed since the accident. Alan and Emily are one of a kind couple. This story brings tears to my eyes every time!
Posted by Eric from Gossiaux at 09/29/2011