One of the best radio shows out there needs your ideas! Details below.


Hey everyone,

Radiolab will be sending out a couple story calls for pitches over the next short while…I thought I'd start small by requesting pitches for our next show: Maps.

A quick note about process: If you have ideas, please send them to with STORY PITCH in the subject line. We're a small team and read every one. If we like the idea, we'll contact you within a week. If the idea isn't quite right for us, we'll try our best to let you know that quickly. If you don't hear from us within a week, assume that we're going another direction.

So, maps. Here's a quick summary of the show and what we're after.

MAPS: We're interested in the objects themselves but also how people navigate through space. We'll be looking at people who have terrible sense of direction (not just just terrible like me, but folks who can't find their way from their bathroom to their living room). We have a story of a lady who falls into the latter category. And we're looking into a frothy debate on homing pigeons. We're also pursuing a story about a guy who ended up getting his house demolished because the demo crew plugged the wrong coordinates into their GPS units.

But what we're still missing is something experiential… a discovery of the heart…perhaps a story where a person emotionally gets very lost and then charts their path to being found. Perhaps a story of a person seeing their town on the map for the first time and forever being changed as a result. Who knows.

If you have any ideas, we'd love to hear them. And thanks everyone in advance!

Jad Abumrad
WNYC's Radiolab

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