Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is an editor at All Things Considered, where he writes news and edits interviews with politicians, musicians, restaurant owners, scientists and many of the other voices heard on the air.

Before joining NPR, Intagliata spent more than a decade covering space, microbes, physics and more at the public radio show Science Friday. As senior producer and editor, he set overall program strategy, managed the production team and organized the show's national event series. He also helped oversee the development and launch of Science Friday's narrative podcasts Undiscovered and Science Diction.

While reporting, Intagliata has skated Olympic ice, shadowed NASA astronaut hopefuls across Hawaiian lava and hunted for beetles inside dung patties on the Kansas prairie. He also reports regularly for Scientific American, and was a 2015 Woods Hole Ocean Science Journalism fellow.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Intagliata taught English to bankers and soldiers in Verona, Italy, and traversed the Sierra Nevada backcountry as a field biologist, on the lookout for mountain yellow-legged frogs.

Intagliata has a master's degree in science journalism from New York University, and a bachelor's degree in biology and Italian from the University of California, Berkeley. He grew up in Orange, Calif., and is based at NPR West in Culver City.

Penguins are known for huddling on Antarctic ice, or marching across windswept expanses of the frozen continent. But there are at least 18 species of penguins populating the Southern Hemisphere — and many don't fit that frigid stereotype.

There are actually only two species of penguin that really love ice, says Grant Ballard, chief science officer of Point Blue Conservation Science in Petaluma, Calif. Other species, like the Galapagos penguin, perch on dark volcanic rock, and can endure blasting hot air temperatures of 100 degrees.

Everyone Needs A Buddy. Even Sharks

Aug 13, 2020

Sharks are often maligned as Hollywood monsters, the lone wolves lurking in the deep, hunting for prey. (Cue Jaws theme song).

But that caricature of sharks is increasingly out of step with what scientists are learning about the animals. Instead, they say, some species of sharks are social creatures who return day after day to a group of the same fellow sharks.