From 1998 to 2007 SoundVision researched and produced 19 one-hour radio programs of The DNA Files, hosted by John Hockenberry. The result was comprehensive coverage of the science of genetics and the newer but equally influential field of epigenetics — yes, we are our genes, but also much more.
The award-winning series was part explanation, part revelation. It ran on more than 300 public radio stations and the Armed Forces Network. It had the highest carriage of any special programming NPR distributed in 2007.
An extensive outreach campaign brought DNA-related learning materials into local newsrooms and classrooms across America. Through our Exploratorium partnership, we created activities and materials for an hour-long workshop geared for ages 7 to 12.
Our Ethnic Media Fellows program helped journalists develop articles that built upon the documentary series for publication in ethnic media print outlets (see “Tips on Science Reporting for Ethnic Media” by Rong Xiaoqing, staff reporter, Sing Tao Daily). Our Station and Network Partners enabled stations to produce companion programming for their local broadcasts.