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podcast about science and origin of language
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Dec 01, 2020 2020-12-01

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Podcast Revealing Science Stories Behind Everyday Words

Did you know the origin of the word meme has more to do with evolutionary biology than LOLcats? Or that the chemical element cobalt takes its name from a pesky goblin in German folklore? Science Diction is a bite-sized podcast about words—and the science stories behind them. Hosted by NPR’s ScienceFriday producer and self-proclaimed word nerd Johanna Mayer, each episode of Science Diction digs into the origin of a single word or phrase, and with the help of historians, authors, etymologists, and scientists, reveals a surprising science connection. Crafted with an ear for literature and seamlessly blending science, history, language, and culture, Science Diction examines the world around us and shines a light on the hidden science tucked away in our everyday words.

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