Julia Scott

Recent Work

I went 28 days without applying soaps, shampoo or deodorant while I tested out an invisible live bacterial body spray that promised to leave my skin feeling cleaner and more hydrated. Here’s what happened next.


I got a very odd magazine assignment that involved applying live bacteria for a month — and giving up her normal soaps and shampoos. What did me co-workers at KALW Radio in San Francisco have to say about my “bacteria experiment”? And just how badly did they think I smelled?


HowSound interview on “The Last of the Iron Lungs”

HowSound on PRX
December 13th, 2013

HowSound’s Rob Rosenthal caught up with me to ask: what was it like reporting from the inside of an iron lung? The answer: strange. Here’s what else I had to say.


Superlettuce! Extreme weather calls for extreme crops

Modern Farmer
September 30th, 2013

Global warming will dictate the world’s salad bar in the future – and scientists are rushing to prepare our produce.


Tracking honeybees to save them

Nautilus Magazine
July 16th, 2013

Could a breakthrough in radio tracking help solve colony collapse disorder by outfitting bees with tiny radio transmitters?


The Last of the Iron Lungs

July 15th, 2013

Meet Martha Lillard, one of the last American polio survivors who still relies on an iron lung to breathe. Her archaic respirator has kept her alive for 60 years, and she would rather die than try to live without it.


Maple syrup takes turn toward technology

New York Times
March 31st, 2013

Modern maple syrup collection is two-thirds technology, one-third nostalgia. As maple farmers get more sap from their trees than ever before, critics say flavor and tradition are disappearing for good.



BBC World Service and U.S. Public Radio
October 14th, 2012

A Bay Area man and his husband try to greet death in style. But they discover that death has its own agenda. BON VOYAGE has now aired across three continents. It won the 2013 Excellence in Journalism Award from the NLGJA and was nominated for a 2013 Sony Radio Academy Award.


The downward spiral: Homeless in San Francisco

Marketplace on American Public Media
July 6th, 2012


I spent some time with three homeless people in San Francisco to find out how they got there and how they survive day to day. People end up homeless for all kinds of reasons. Why they stay homeless is more complicated.


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