Leading Historian on the Global Economy. Bestselling Author, The Ascent of Money; Civilization: The West and the Rest & The Square and the Tower
Audiences know Latif Nasser’s voice as soon as he begins talking. As director of research and co-host of NPR’s Radiolab, Nasser brings to light stories and connections that we often overlook. That same interest in linking ideas has made him a notable historian of science, and the host of his own Netflix series: Connected. As a speaker, Latif Nasser highlights events that celebrate curiosity and the discovery of potential in the mundane.
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Director of research for the award-winning Radiolab, science speaker Latif Nasser offers a sweeping view of science and society. A widely popular keynote speaker, Latif Nasser is an instantly recognizable presence who specializes in uncovering the remarkable.
Latif Nasser’s far-ranging curiosity and deft research skills have helped him explore the quirkiest corners of our society. He honed those tendencies at Dartmouth, where he studied the history of science. Later, at Harvard, Nasser wrote his dissertation on the Tanganyika laughter epidemic of 1962.
His quest for stranger-than-fiction stories from the history of science soon found a natural home at Radiolab. There, as co-host and Director of Research, Nasser shares stories of everything from snowflake photography to medieval robots. In 2020, he produced the miniseries The Other Latif, about a Moroccan namesake imprisoned as Detainee 244 at Guantanamo Bay.
Nasser also made the leap to television in 2020, with the celebrated Netflix science-documentary series Connected. He writes for the Boston Globe “Ideas” section, and his popular TED talks have introduced him to yet another audience.
Camels are so well adapted to the desert that it's hard to imagine them living anywhere else. But what if we have them pegged all wrong? What if those big humps, feet and eyes were evolved for a different climate and a different time? In this talk, join Radiolab's Latif Nasser as he tells the surprising story of how a very tiny, very strange fossil upended the way he sees camels, and the world.
Latif Nasser takes us across the frozen Arctic with a paleobiologist who makes a rather remarkable discovery. Finding 3.5 million year old bones preserved in the ice, the scientist uses a new process called "collagen fingerprinting" to determine the ancient find was a long way from its current home.
For the longest time, doctors basically ignored the most basic and frustrating part of being sick — pain. In this lyrical, informative talk, Latif Nasser tells the extraordinary story of wrestler and doctor John J. Bonica, who persuaded the medical profession to take pain seriously — and transformed the lives of millions.
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