The Art of Telling Science Stories

Nov 5, 2012

Ari Daniel Shapiro interviews renowned ecologist E. O. Wilson.
Credit Tracy Barbaro / Encyclopedia of Life

Ari Daniel Shapiro is a scientist-turned-radio producer. He earned a PhD from the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Biological Oceanography. Rather than continue his research on killer whale behavior, though, he became a radio producer.

The name Ari Daniel Shapiro is now a virtual household name among public radio devotees. He is the producer of the Encyclopedia of Life’s podcast series, One Species at a Time, which airs every other Monday on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He’s also science correspondent for PRI’s The World.

Several weeks ago, Ari and I began a conversation about his transition from research to radio. But we were rudely interrupted by technical difficulties and never really got to finish our conversation. A number of you expressed your disappointment, so we decided to try it again.