Science Friday

Brain fun, for curious people

Meet Science Friday

Science Friday is your trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science. We started as a radio show, created in 1991 by host and executive producer Ira Flatow. Since then, we’ve grown into much more: We produce award-winning digital videos and publish original web content covering everything from octopus camouflage to cooking on Mars.

Sci Fri Staff

Charles Bergquist

Director and Contributing Producer

As Science Friday’s director, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.

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Rachel Bouton

Events and Office Manager

Rachel Bouton is the events and office manager at Science Friday. She believes there is no such thing as too many tacos.

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Danielle Dana

Executive Director

Danielle Dana is Science Friday’s executive director (a.k.a. scary boss). She’s also a huge Mets fan and Giants fan. She hates zucchini, unless it’s zucchini bread.

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Brandon Echter

Engagement Manager

Brandon Echter is Science Friday’s engagement manager. He loves space, sloths, and cephalopods, and his aesthetic is “cultivated schlub.”

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Elah Feder

Podcast Producer

Elah Feder is a podcast producer at Science Friday, currently living with her mom and highly motivated to move.

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Jennifer Fenwick

Director of Institutional Giving

Jennifer Fenwick is the director of institutional giving at Science Friday. She enjoys creating new recipes and gardening anywhere she can find a patch of dirt.

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Ira Flatow

Host and Executive Producer

Ira Flatow is the host and executive producer of Science Friday. His green thumb has revived many an office plant at death’s door.

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Xochitl Garcia

Education Program Assistant

Xochitl Garcia is Science Friday’s education program assistant. She is a former teacher who loves hanging out with her fat-tailed gecko, which, despite the efforts of students, family, friends, and a fantasy football league to name it, is still only referred to as “the gecko.”

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Sarah Goldfarb

Grants Associate

Sarah Goldfarb is a grants associate at Science Friday. While she’ll argue the merits of pop music any day, she also enjoys movies and eating all of the ice cream in the Tri-State area.

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Luke Groskin

Video Producer

Luke Groskin is Science Friday’s video producer. He’s on a mission to make you love spiders and other odd creatures.

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Katie Hiler

Assistant Producer

Katie Hiler is an assistant producer for Science Friday and the proud mother of two cats, Charleigh and Sadie.

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Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.

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Jennifer Kwok

Bookkeeper

Jen Kwok is Science Friday’s bookkeeper and a proud #hufflepuff.

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Alexa Lim is a producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.

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Annie Minoff is a producer for Science Friday. She’s visited Olympic ski jumps and a nuclear reactor, all in the name of science.

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Annie Nero

Individual Giving Manager

Annie Nero is Science Friday’s individual giving manager. She enjoys listening to music through giant headphones.

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Daniel Peterschmidt is Science Friday’s digital producer. He’s playing D&D right now and his character is a clumsy bard named Chip Chap Chopman.

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Christian Skotte

Co-Director & Head of Digital

Christian Skotte is the co-director & head of digital at Science Friday. He’s into board games, bourbon, and big ideas.

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Christie Taylor

Associate Producer

Christie Taylor is an associate producer for Science Friday. Her day involves diligent research, too many phone calls for an introvert, and asking scientists if they happen to have an audio recording of their research findings.

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Lauren J. Young is Science Friday’s web producer. When she’s not shelving books as a part-time library assistant, she’s adding to her impressive Pez dispenser collection.

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Tony Zisa

Business Manager

Tony Zisa is Science Friday’s business manager. He enjoys red wine and cheese and maintains a vegetarian lifestyle except for consuming vast quantities of meat and fish.

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Ariel Zych

Education Manager

Ariel Zych is Science Friday’s education manager. She is a former teacher and scientist who spends her free time making food, watching arthropods, and being outside.

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Sci Fri Board

Richard D. Firestone is an independent consultant, with expertise in Information Technology and Radio and Television Production. He was the first long-term Director of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and the Producer of Live Events for NPR.

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Ira Flatow

Host and Executive Producer

Ira Flatow is the host and executive producer of Science Friday. His green thumb has revived many an office plant at death’s door.

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Martha J. Fleischman is President and owner of Kennedy Galleries, IncShe currently serves as a board member of New York Public Radio, Democracy Now!, the Advisory Board of the New York Festival of Song, and is a Trustee for the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.

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James M. Gentile is the Dean for the Natural and Applied Sciences at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He has been, or continues as, a consultant to numerous national and international public and private colleges, universities, foundations and corporations.

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Marilyn Hoyt is an active writer and trainer.  A member of the national faculty of the Ecology Society of America’s SBI institute, she also chairs the Audit Committee of New Knowledge and is a member of the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – NY as well as its Professional Advancement Committee.  

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Julie LaNasa, in addition to launching her own firm, Collaborative Consulting, is currently a trustee with The Leakey Foundation. She and her husband, John Kunzweiler, live in Tiburon, California.

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Mary Smart has been on the Science Friday Board since 2004. She is also a board member with the Buehler Center on Aging at Northwestern University, the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, and the National Forest Foundation.

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Camilla Smith serves on several national and community boards including the National Public Radio Foundation, the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She and her husband, George Smith, have five children and eight grandchildren.

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Laura Overdeck founded Bedtime Math, a nonprofit that helps kids love math. She and her husband, John, live in New Jersey with their three children.

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