This week on Under the Radar with Callie Crossley:

Last month, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named its class of 2022 “Genius” grant fellows — 25 recipients across academia, the arts and sciences, all of whom have demonstrated outstanding talent in their fields.

In our series, “The Genius Next Door,” we gathered three of the awardees who work and teach here in Massachusetts.


Danna Freedman is a chemistry professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an associate editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Melanie Matchett Wood is a mathematics professor at Harvard University studying pure math and number theory.

Loretta Ross is a reproductive justice and human rights activist, as well as a professor at Smith College.