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Meet Joe Palca: A Radio Story About Making Radio Stories

With 20 years as an NPR science correspondent, Joe Palca is one of the best science storytellers out there.

Episode 187 | March 18, 2014

Joe Palca is one of the best science storytellers out there. In his 20 years as an NPR science correspondent he’s covered all sorts of obscure topics, from soccer-playing robots and oyster glue to turtle paleontology. He finds the humor in the serious and the thoughtful in the funny, usually by focusing on the human elements of stories.

“Stories are usually about people, those are the ones we remember. We don’t remember stories about transuranic elements,” Palca says.

We took this episode of Distillations on the road and visited Palca at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., where we got a behind-the-scenes tour of his program, Joe’s Big Idea.

Credits

Hosts: Michal Meyer and Robert Kenworthy
Producer & Reporter: Mariel Carr
Guest: Joe Palca

Music

“Converge To Some Centre”- We Are All Alone  
“Where the Magic Happens”- THERE
“Teletransportation” - Coma Stereo
“Elsewhere” - Phonotrash
“Solutions” - Lee Rosevere
“Tragic”- Semyon

All songs from the Free Music Archive, freemusicarchive.org

Links

Joe’s Big Idea

Joe Palca, NPR