Julia Scott

Recent Work

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.


Latino grocery chain faces immigration audit

Marketplace on American Public Media
October 29th, 2012

“Mi Pueblo” was founded by a Mexican immigrant, and hires mostly Latino workers. Now, the Northern California supermarket is under a federal probe to expose undocumented workers.



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.


A Hawaiian nene. Credit: Julia Scott

I mistook the first nene I ever encountered for a Canada goose, but who can blame me? The bird was leaving a line of droppings in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge in Kauai, Hawaii.


The race to grow the one-ton pumpkin

The New York Times
October 6th, 2011

A giant pumpkin grows in Don Young

A group of amateur gardeners share a single, consuming obsession with growing giant pumpkins. They’ll stop at nothing – drain their own bank accounts, experiment with radical products and techniques – to trounce the competition and bring home the top prize: a new world record and eternal pumpkin glory.


Artist community on the St. Lawrence

PRI's The World
August 22nd, 2011

Visual artist Pierre Przysiezniak has been working in the same studio on Montreal’s Avenue de Gaspé for a decade. (Photo credit: Julia Scott)

The city of Montreal scrambles to preserve endangered artists in the midst of a real estate boom.


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