Sarah Lilley grew up in Philadelphia and spent most of fourth grade under the covers listening to CBS Radio Mystery Theater. Initially dreaming of life as a physicist, she earned a B.A. in Music (the other physics) from the University of California at Berkeley, and later an M.A. in Science Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
As a longtime Contributing Producer and Reporter of arts and science features to Public Radio International‘s Studio 360 — with Kurt Andersen, Lilley was a member of the team that produced the 2004 Peabody-Award-winning program “American Icon: Moby Dick“. She oversaw the 2005 launch and first 3 years of their Science & Creativity series (funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation), to which she remained a principal contributor for its decade-long run. She has additionally produced for WNYC / New York Public Radio, PRX, The New Yorker Radio Hour, StoryCorps, Slate Studios, KPCC / Southern California Public Radio, American Public Media, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and WFUV New York, among others. For the company Acoustiguide, Lilley wrote, produced — and frequently voiced — museum audio tours, including several at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Her tour Uncommon Commentary at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX, won the 2007 Gold MUSE award, the top media prize from the American Alliance of Museums.
More recently, Lilley was the lead producer for Double Date with Marlo Thomas & Phil Donahue (from Pushkin Industries) — a 2021 podcast series of 20 intimate conversations about marriage with 20 famous, long-time couples. Lilley’s current work for the Freakonomics Radio Network can be heard on Freakonomics, M.D., which reports at the intersection of economics and medicine, and the newly-launched show The Economics of Everyday Things.
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