Christopher Intagliata

Senior Producer, Science Friday

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer, which means he’s chief cheerleader for all the radio and podcast projects here. He helps to select and shape stories, or put them to a gentle death if necessary. He’s also the coordinating producer for Science Friday’s live stage events around the nation, and has skated Olympic ice and served as a prop in an optical illusion for SciFri.

Christopher started at Science Friday as an intern in summer 2008, until the day Ira Flatow called him at home, triggering enormous anxiety about the latest script he’d written, to ask if he wanted to be a producer. His favorite stories usually involve microbes or food or both, but anything can pique his interest—other than ocean chemistry. Sorry.

He also reports regularly for Scientific American‘s “60-Second Science” podcast, and was a 2015 Woods Hole Ocean Science Journalism fellow. Prior to becoming a science journalist, he taught English to soldiers and bankers in Verona, Italy, and traversed the Sierra Nevada mountains as a field biologist, on the lookout for mountain yellow-legged frogs. He speaks fluent Italian, awkward Japanese, and passable Ira Flatowese.

Christopher Intagliata appears in the following:

What Taylor Swift's cultural impact looks like to fans

Friday, April 19, 2024

Taylor Swift's new album "The Tortured Poets Department" is out today. But there's more to Swift than just her music. NPR's All Things Considered examines her cultural impact.


New HBO series looks at Vietnam War from Vietnamese perspective

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with actor Hoa Xuande about the new HBO show 'The Sympathizer' — a rare piece of Hollywood entertainment that tells the story of the Vietnam War from a Vietnamese perspective.


Technology and disinformation places U.S. in multiple cold wars, author argues

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to journalist David Sanger about his new book, New Cold Wars: China's Rise, Russia's Invasion, And America's Struggle To Defend The West.


One engineer may have saved the world from a massive cyber attack

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Microsoft engineer Andres Freund found something strange when he was running routine tests of open-source software. He ended up uncovering a backdoor that could have enabled a major cyberattack.


An unusual museum heist: A man smuggled a painting into the building

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Munich's Pinakothek der Moderne museum announced that it had fired an employee from its technical services team. The man snuck in after hours and hung his own painting.


How Big Food co-opted the anti-diet movement for profit

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Sasha Chavkin of The Examination about a new investigation that reveals how major food brands are co-opting the anti-diet movement to sell products.


Trump's abortion comments are 'showing support' for women, campaign surrogate says

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., about former President Trump's recent comments advocating for abortion laws to be decided by individual states.


The lives of other aid workers killed in Gaza

Friday, April 05, 2024

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Juliette Touma, director of communications for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, about some of the hundreds of aid workers killed in Gaza.


Pressure is on the big names to perform in a pressure packed NCAA Women's Final Four

Thursday, April 04, 2024

NPR's Ari Shapiro previews the NCAAW Final Four action between Iowa — UConn and South Carolina — with basketball writer Sabreena Merchant.


This artist weaves the natural sounds from a 1,300-mile hike into music

Monday, April 01, 2024

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with the multi-instrumentalist James Bishop about how he transforms recordings of natural objects into music.


New images shed light on the supermassive blackhole at the center of the Milky Way

Friday, March 29, 2024

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with astronomer Sara Issaoun about the latest image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.


After a year in Russian detention, WSJ reporter's sister still fights for his release

Thursday, March 28, 2024

This Friday marks a year since Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich was detained by Russian security forces. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with his sister about how he's doing.


Remembering Frans de Waal, who studied empathy and emotion in primates

Friday, March 22, 2024

The primatologist Frans de Waal, who explored empathy and emotion in bonobos and chimps, died last week at 75. His colleague Sarah Brosnan remembers his legacy as both a scientist and friend.


U.S. Commerce secretary says $8.5B Intel grant is a national security and economy win

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo about the CHIPS act and the $8.5 billion grant awarded to Intel to help build semiconductor chip factories.


How Nvidia dominated the AI chip market

Monday, March 18, 2024

The chip designer Nvidia is now worth more than Amazon, Meta and Alphabet. New Yorker contributor Stephen Witt talks about how Nvidia cornered the market for the chips fueling artificial intelligence.


How Berlin's legendary techno scene has become recognized by UNESCO

Friday, March 15, 2024

NPR's Rob Schmitz talks with Der Spiegel journalist Tobias Rapp about Berlin's techno culture, the significance of which has been nationally recognized by Germany's UNESCO commission.


Daniel Lewis explored the roles of different trees play his new book, 'Twelve Trees'

Thursday, March 14, 2024

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with writer Daniel Lewis about his new book, Twelve Trees, which zeroes in on a different tree species in each chapter.


Maryland Sen. Van Hollen says Biden could pressure Israel to let more aid through

Monday, March 11, 2024

Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen recently spoke out about a law that the U.S. could use to get more aid to people in Gaza. He talks with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about what the law is and what it means.


Nearly all of Uranus' 27 moons have Shakespearean names. What'll this one be called?

Friday, March 08, 2024

Scientists have found a 28th moon around Uranus. In keeping with tradition, they plan to name it after a Shakespearean character. Scholar Michael Dobson weighs in on the suggested name, "Violenta."


How some companies hope to bring China's livestream shopping trend to the U.S.

Monday, March 04, 2024

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to reporter Caiwei Chen about the booming livestream shopping trend in China, and how Chinese companies and TikTok are training American influencers to sell on livestreams too.