Last spring, independent radio producer Sara Robberson became interested in the life of Shinya Inoué, a pioneering microscopist, cell biologist, and MBL Distinguished Scientist. Little did she realize, when she started her research, that Inoué’s story would take her from considerations of science during wartime, to the very nature of the cell. Robberson created a radio story about Inoué’s life and insights, “The Cell’s Mystery,”  during a Transom workshop at Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole. To listen, go to

Shinya Inoue in his lab at the MBL. Photo by Tom Kleindinst.