Wendy Zukerman

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Wendy Zukerman

Wendy Zukerman has been a science journalist for over a decade, reporting on everything from octopus intelligence to superbugs. She regularly appears on radio, podcasts and television to give the goss on scientific breakthroughs and facts around the newest fads. Wendy started her career as the Australasian Correspondent for New Scientist Magazine and then went to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

In 2015, something happened that changed Wendy’s life forever. And that something was Gwyneth Paltrow. By now Gwyneth had become an overnight health guru. And she had a bold proposal: She wanted women to steam clean their vaginas. Wendy was shocked that someone could promote such an uninformed idea, and that people would believe it (!). At around the same time the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where Wendy worked, asked her if she had any ideas for a podcast. She said, “How about Science Vs Gwyneth Paltrow?”

And so, the podcast Science Vs was born. Its goal was simple: finding out what's fact, what's not and what is somewhere in between. The show and Wendy came to Gimlet in 2016 --- debuting that year as America's Number 1 podcast. Since then, Science Vs has continued to grow - ratcheting up millions of downloads. Today the show is made by a team of 5 who all have backgrounds in science; reporting on the science that affects us all - from Skin Care and Ketamine; to Blue Balls and Pit Bulls.

Science Vs' reporting on the coronavirus pandemic won gold in audio reporting from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Kavli Science Journalism Awards. Science Vs has also been praised in The New York Times, LA Times, The Atlantic, Popular Science, Wired and BBC. We are produced by Spotify Studios.

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NASA’s Artemis Program-Australia’s Role in the Moon to Mars Mission

THU, OCT 19, 11:00 AM
Half a century after first putting humans on the Moon, we’re going back. But this time, we’re planning to stay! Join Jim Free, the visionary of NASA’s Moon to Mars architecture and Australian Space Agency Head Enrico Palermo as they explore how and why we’re establishing a sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. Moderated by Science Vs podcast host Wendy Zukerman, prepare for an out of this world discussion as Jim and Enrico look at the important role Australia is playing in Artemis – and why this once-in-a-generation space program is also vital to our future here on Earth.
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