Four Boston-area artists and researchers are among 23 recipients of this year's so-called "genius grants" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
They will receive $500,000 over the next five years from the Chicago-based foundation. The grants announced Monday night are designed to provide freedom to pursue a creative vision.
The local winners include:
- Harvard University economist Raj Chetty, who studies how policy affects real-world behavior;
- MIT fiction writer Junot Diaz, whose works describe the various worlds that immigrants straddle;
- Children's Hospital neurosurgeon Benjamin Warf, who is honored for his treatment of hydrocephalus and brain diseases in children and his work to improve health care in the world's poorest regions;
- Benoit Rolland of Boston, who is honored for his work as a stringed instrument bow maker who uses new designs and materials.
This program aired on October 2, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.