'Genius grants' awarded by foundation in secrecy
APCHICAGO--Mandolin player and composer Chris Thile learned the hard way that when you get a call from the 312 area code this time of year, you should probably answer the phone.
October 3, 2012, 12:06 am TWN
Thile is among 23 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation “genius grants,” which are given in a secrecy-shrouded process. Winners have no idea they've been nominated for the US$500,000 awards until they get the call, and nominators must remain anonymous.