Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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THE DNA FILES III
POPULAR NPR-DISTRIBUTED SERIES
WITH HOST JOHN HOCKENBERRY RETURNS TO [CALL LETTERS]
[Station, City, State] — The DNA Files, the award-winning NPR-distributed series that explores the intriguing
world of genetics and its impact on life in the 21st century, returns to public radio this fall with five new one-
hour documentaries. [STATION CALL LETTERS] will air the series [when], and listeners will also hear the
programs streamed live on-line at [station web address].
Produced by Berkeley, California-based SoundVision Productions®, the shows are anchored by Peabody- and
Emmy-winning correspondent John Hockenberry whose engaging presence and quirky humor have helped
define the series. Hockenberry is familiar to millions of Americans who tuned in to NPR’s All Things
Considered and NBC’s Dateline, and to those who read his work in The New York Times, The Washington Post,
The New Yorker and Wired magazine. The upcoming installments of The DNA Files — for which globetrotting
reporters traveled to New Zealand, India, Mexico and Australia — will be released in fall 2007 and will mark
the series’ third season on stations across the country.
The new lineup brings tales of food in the age of biotechnology; how environment works in concert with
genetics; the interplay between the inner mind and the outer world; comparative genomics (what do animals tell
us about ourselves?); and the pressure of climate change on the species of our planet.
The DNA Files reporter team includes some of public radio’s most outstanding independent and station-based
producers, including 2007 Peabody Award winner Barrett Golding, veteran documentarian Larry Massett, NPR
contributor Adam Burke, public radio food and environment reporter Julie Grant, and Elizabeth Culotta,
Science magazine contributing news editor.
“[STATION CALL LETTERS] is very pleased to be one of the public radio stations selected nationally to offer
this excellent science coverage to our listeners,” said [Station Spokesperson and title]. We couldn’t be more
pleased at this opportunity to work with [YOUR PARTNER(S)] to make good sense of genetic science, and, at
the same time, strengthen our ties to our community of listeners and colleagues here in [city/town name].”
The series, distributed by NPR, has been honored with more awards than you can shake a cell at — the
Peabody, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, the American Association for the Advancement of
Science Journalism Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award, Society of Professional Journalists
Excellence in Journalism Public Service Broadcast Award, the American Institute of Biological Sciences Media
Award for Broadcast Journalism, and the Clarion Award from the Association of Women in Communications.
The DNA Files is made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of
Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: [STATION WEB SITE]