Jamie York

Jamie is the Senior Producer of Radiolab where, among other things, he oversees the staff and the short and long-term editorial planning. He got his start at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and has reported and produced for On the Media, Studio 360, Marketplace, The World, NPR and the BBC. He's the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, The Center for Investigative Reporting and The International Reporting Project. And in recent years he's reported from China, Kenya, India, Poland and Malaysia. 

Jamie York appears in the following:

The American Bombs Falling on Yemen

Friday, March 23, 2018

At a funeral in Sana’a, a Saudi-led coalition plane dropping American bombs took the life of a man who might have helped bring peace.

Janet Cardiff’s 'Forty Part Motet'

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A contemporary artist turns a 500-year-old religious composition into a hymn to ordinary people.


Linda Ronstadt’s Curtain Call

Friday, August 29, 2014

The pop singer’s career endured decades of changing tastes and her own evolving sound — until last year, when Parkinson’s disease made it impossible for her to sing.

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India’s Reporting on Rape

Friday, November 08, 2013

In December of 2012, a brutal rape in Delhi, India started a fractious debate about crimes against women and--among Indian journalists--about how crimes against women should be reported. Jamie York went to India last summer and spoke to journalists Meena Menon, Meenal Baghel and Shoma Chaudhury and to attorney Vrinda Grover about how India’s female journalists are using this moment to inform a discussion they care deeply about.


Music: “Amar Sangeet” by Kashinath Mishra & Prabhakar Dhakde

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Janet Cardiff's 40 Part Motet

Friday, October 25, 2013

Janet Cardiff’s 40 Part Motet is a complex reworking of a famous choral composition written 500 years ago, Thomas Tallis’ “Spem in Alium.” In 2000, Cardiff recorded 40 individual v...

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India's Right to Information

Friday, October 04, 2013

India, infamous for its bureaucracy and corruption, has one of the strongest freedom of information laws in the world. OTM reporter Jamie York went to India to talk to Subhash Agrawal, Nikhil Dey, Aruna Roy, Shailesh Gandhi and Sowmya Kidambi (and to hear Shankar Singh sing) about the struggle to achieve the law and the power and pitfalls of such a transformative tool.

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Linda Ronstadt's Curtain Call

Friday, September 27, 2013

The pop singer’s career endured decades of changing tastes and her own evolving sound — until Parkinson’s disease made it impossible for her to sing. Linda Ronstadt's 3 for 360

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India's Attempt to ID Every Indian

Friday, September 27, 2013

In a 2009 book called Imagining India, Indian tech billionaire Nandan Nilekani imagined a way to address India’s most vexing problems of corruption, poverty and lack of social services – a unique ID number for every Indian. 4 years later, India has undertaken the biggest ID program in human history. It’s called Aadhaar, and Nilekani oversees it. But trying to register 1.2 billion people, many for the first time, comes with serious privacy and data-collection concerns. OTM reporter Jamie York went to India to speak with Nilekani and lawyer Malavika Jayaram about the risk and reward of identifying every Indian.

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A Very Adult Conversation with Jill Soloway

Friday, September 13, 2013

There are sitcoms, there are dramas, and then there are the great shows that careen back and forth, making you laugh and cry and think — shows like Six Feet Under and The United State...

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A Van Gogh Is Born

Friday, September 13, 2013

There are not many artists, maybe none, with quite the star power of Vincent Van Gogh. Partly it’s the story: the mad genius, uncelebrated in his day, who had the ultimate posthumous ...

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A Journalistic Civil War Odyssey

Friday, May 17, 2013

In 1863, New York Tribune reporters Junius Browne and Albert Richardson were captured by the Confederate army in Vicksburg, Mississippi. What followed was an epic journey through an archipelago of Confederate prisons, a daring escape, and a perilous 300-mile trek to freedom. It's the subject of the book, Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: a Civil War Odyssey, due out at the end of the month. Author Peter Carlson takes Bob through the highs and lows of the adventure.


Music: Jim Taylor - Bonaparte's Retreat / Bonaparte's Charge / Bonaparte's MarchEastman Wind Ensemble - Liverpool HornpipeCraig Duncan - DixieJudy Collins - Battle Hymn of the RepublicCraig Duncan - Shiloh's Hill

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Can A Small Search Engine Take On Google?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Duck Duck Go is a small search engine based in Pennsylvania that is, according to Google at least, a Google competitor. OTM producer Chris Neary talks with Duck Duck Go founder Gabriel Weinberg, SearchEngineLand's Danny Sullivan, and a dedicated Duck Duck Go user about the site. Also, each of the OTM producers try Duck Duck Go, and only Duck Duck Go, for a week.


Theme from I Dream of Jeannie

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and The Public Imagination

Friday, January 18, 2013

On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. did what he’d done countless times before: he began building a sermon. And in his sermons King relied on improvisation, drawing on sources and references that were limited only by his imagination and memory. It’s a gift — and a tradition — on full display in the "I Have A Dream" speech, but it’s also in conflict with the intellectual property laws that have been strenuously used by his estate since his death. In a segment originally aired in 2011, OTM producer Jamie York speaks with Drew HansenKeith MillerMichael Eric Dyson and Lewis Hyde about King, imagination and the consequences of limiting access to art and ideas.

Charles Mingus - Prayer for Passive Resistance (Live at Antibes)

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A Correction

Friday, November 02, 2012

A few weeks ago, Brooke asked listeners to visit our Media Scrutiny Theater website, and gave the address with a "backslash", a mistake that turned out to be like nails on a chalk board for some of our listeners. OTM's acting Senior Producer Jamie York asks for your forgiveness, and vows to do better. 

The Walkmen - Flamingos (For Colbert)

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Two Cautionary Data Tales

Friday, June 29, 2012

Data doesn’t always expose and explain, it can also lead us astray. OTM producer Jamie York looks at two time in the recent past when an overreliance on data has had disastrous consequences. Joe Flood, author of The Fires and Dennis Smith, author and veteran firefighter tell the story of the RAND Corporation and the fires in the Bronx in the 1970’s.  And Scott Patterson, author of The Quants and Michael Lewis, author of The Big Short, explain how math and science whiz kids nearly destroyed Wall Street.

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