Dec 01, 2020 2020-12-01
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.