Julia Scott

Radio Pieces

What Makes San Francisco Sourdough Unique?

KQED's Bay Curious
April 20th, 2017

When it comes to the mecca of sourdough, separating scientific fact from lore means breaking a few taboos. Also, baking your own highly questionable bread — for science.


Heavyweight episode: “Julia”

November 8th, 2016

In grade 8, Julia Scott was bullied so badly by a group of girls that she changed schools without telling anyone. Soon after, the girls from her old school showed up at her house and rang her doorbell.


Detour: La Mission

June 18th, 2016

Produced by Julia Scott in partnership with KQED, this 60-minute Detour asks: What does it mean to “belong” in the Mission District, a San Francisco neighborhood in the midst of unprecedented upheaval and gentrification?


Detour: Our Tenderloin

June 18th, 2015

Reported and written by Julia Scott, this 50-minute Detour invites you to walk San Francisco’s most misunderstood neighborhood with people who call it home.


What It’s Like To Write About Polyamory

The Back Story Podcast
February 15th, 2015

William Winters, Anna Hirsch and their partners. Copyright San Francisco Magazine.

The Back Story’s Leah Rose interviewed Julia Scott on the high highs, low lows, and endless trade-offs of the group relationship.


Are We Really Too Clean?

WBUR's On Point
May 30th, 2014

An outdoor shower. (Jordan Merrick / Creative Commons)

Julia Scott is interviewed by OnPoint host John Donovan about her New York Times article, “A Wash On the Wild Side.”


I got a very odd magazine assignment that involved applying live bacteria for a month — and giving up my normal soaps and shampoos. What did my co-workers have to say about my “bacteria experiment”?


HowSound interview on “The Last of the Iron Lungs”

HowSound on PRX
December 13th, 2013

National Museum of Health and Medicine

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.


The Last of the Iron Lungs

July 15th, 2013

Martha Lillard in her iron lung

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.


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.


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