Every year, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation presents its "Genius Grant" awards to a group of creative individuals from a host of fields, ranging from experimental jazz to cosmology.
The benefits: $500,000 in grant money, no strings attached, that will help fund future creative projects.
Among the 25 new fellows this year is Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital, an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a staff writer on the New Yorker magazine.
Dr. Gawande speaks to WBUR's Morning Edition about winning the fellowship.
This program aired on September 19, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.