This coming Monday (March 20th) will see the launch of a brand new podcast – Stupid Questions for Scientists – hosted by award-winning science communicator Dr. Michelle Dickinson MNZM. Each episode pairs a top scientist with one of New Zealand’s best-loved comedians – with Michelle at the helm they explore some of life’s big science questions…
The exclusive launch event in Auckland on Monday will see an episode recorded live – Dai Henwood will join Michelle and Dr. Heather Hendrickson to talk big questions about the world of tiny killers: viruses, bacteria and horrible diseases.
Dai joins a great roster of comedians set to appear in season one of Stupid Questions for Scientists: Jeremy Corbett, Nick Rado, Jeremy Elwood, Andre King, Jaquie Brown, Ben Hurley, Tim Batt and Louise Beuvink will all take part.
“We talk openly about some pretty confronting science topics. HIV, medicinal cannabis, STDs, the end of the world, Internet dating and much more all feature in season one. It’s smart, and it’s seriously funny!” says Dr. Michelle Dickinson, host of Stupid Questions for Scientists and Director of Nanogirl Labs.
“People were always approaching me on the street as a scientist they recognised, and saying ‘Can I just ask you a stupid question?’. The thing is, they weren’t stupid questions at all – they were great questions, and people didn’t have any way of asking them. We decided to create this podcast to try and change that!”
Stupid Questions for Scientists is a Nanogirl Labs Ltd project, produced in partnership with WorldPodcasts. Joe Davis, Managing Director of Nanogirl Labs says “Part of our mission at Nanogirl Labs is increasing public confidence in STEM - mixing science and comedy makes some complex science really accessible, and really entertaining.”
‘Stupid Questions for Scientists’ will be available to subscribers on iTunes from Monday 17th March 2017. Demand is already high - world famous science comedian Robin Ince (The Infinite Monkey Cage) tweeted about the podcast this week, creating a lengthy waiting list for the first episode.
The new podcast Stupid Questions for Scientists has been created for a mature audience, with episodes exploring themes that may not be suitable for younger audiences.