Johanna Mayer is the host of Science Diction from Science Friday, a series that digs into the scientific origin stories behind our words and language. She spends a lot of time with the Oxford English Dictionary.
Before joining Science Friday, she worked as a freelance writer and taught English in Japanese public schools for two years on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. In addition to her classroom duties, she once ate 52 pieces of sushi in a single sitting.
When she’s not working, she’s probably baking a fruit pie. Cherry’s her specialty, but she whips up a mean rhubarb streusel as well.
They talk about octopus behavior, fossilized cuttlefish ink, and proper cephalopod grammar.
Dwarf lemurs and humans share a significant gene that could influence the future of heart surgery and space travel.
The NASA administrator discusses everything from Mars to the Space Force.