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Angela Saini on the history of science in racism
Angela Saini is a British science journalist and presents Radio & TV programmes for the BBC. She is also the author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the recent Superior: The Return of Race Science.
I saw Angela give a talk last year at a festival and I found her ideas absolutely fascinating. In just 40 minutes she pretty much just exploded the idea of Race in my mind; saying that basically it doesn’t exist in Biology.
So I was delighted that Angela agreed to be on the Ideas Lab Podcast where I could explore the ideas with her and also understand about how she has coped with the backlashes she’s received over some of her ideas, particularly on social media.
Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist, author and broadcaster.
She presents radio and television programmes for the BBC, and her writing has appeared across the world, including in New Scientist, the Guardian, The Sunday Times, Wired, National Geographic, among others.
Angela’s latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, was published by 4th Estate in May 2019 to enormous critical acclaim. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, was published in 2017, winning the Physics World Book of the Year. It has been translated into eleven languages. Her first, Geek Nation, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2011.
In 2018 Angela was voted one of the most respected journalists in the UK. In 2015 she won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Kavli Science Journalism gold award for a BBC Radio 4 documentary about birdsong and human language. In 2012 she won the Association of British Science Writers’ award for a news story in The Guardian about the misuse of statistics in courtrooms. And she was named European Science Journalist of the Year by the Euroscience Foundation in 2009.
Angela started her career with ITN on its news trainee scheme, before joining the BBC as a reporter, where her six-month investigation into bogus universities featured on the flagship national News at Ten and won a Prix Circom European television news award.
She has a Masters in Engineering from Oxford University, and a second Masters in Science and Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Between 2012 and 2013 she was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And she has given distinguished and keynote lectures at Yale, Princeton, Oxford and Imperial College London.
Angela is an advisory board member of the Royal Institution and the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. In 2019 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association.
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