Johanna Mayer

Digital Producer, Science Friday

Johanna Mayer is a digital producer at Science Friday. When she’s not obsessively checking SciFri’s digital pages, she’s probably baking a fruit pie. Cherry’s her specialty, but she whips up a mean rhubarb streusel as well.

Johanna Mayer is a digital producer at Science Friday. She grew up on a tree farm in semi-rural Missouri, where she spent many hours on long stretches of highways listening to public radio in cars.

Before joining Science Friday, she worked as a freelance legaltech writer, a restaurant reviewer, an assistant at a literary journal, a camp counselor, and a wedding dress model. One of her favorite (and nerdiest) assignments ever was writing an FAQ section for a law firm, and she once was paid by a magazine to eat a sandwich and write about it. It has been a career highlight.

After stints in New York and Argentina, she spent two years teaching English in rural Japan, where she accumulated plenty of amusing classroom stories, slurped ramen every Friday, and gained the respect of her coworkers by once eating 52 pieces of sushi in a single sitting. But she couldn’t stay away from public radio for long.

When she’s not obsessively checking SciFri’s digital pages, she’s probably baking a fruit pie. Cherry’s her specialty, but she whips up a mean rhubarb streusel as well.

Johanna Mayer appears in the following:

Transcript: Glenn Greenwald's Takeaway

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Takeaway's Host John Hockenberry talked with Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who worked with leaker Edward Snowden to reveal the cache of classified NSA documents. Being involved ...

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Glenn Greenwald: The U.S. Is Not Safer Since 9/11

Monday, December 16, 2013

“I think what we did made the threat much, much worse, and at the same time, destroyed many of the freedoms that we’ve all been taught define what the United States is all about,” say...

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Your Takeaway: Listener Stories

Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy day-after-Thanksgiving from The Takeaway!

Today, we’re doing things a little differently. Your comments on our stories come pouring in every day, and often times you have stories of your own. So today we hear from you—and only you. The Takeaway producers have worked for over a month to curate ...

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In Harm's Way: The Faces of Gun Violence

Monday, November 25, 2013

Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly a year ago, more than 30,000 people in the United States have died from gunfire, according to estimates from the Centers for ...

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National Parks Enter the Digital Age—For Better or For Worse

Monday, November 18, 2013

Park managers across America are grappling with the question of how much technology to integrate into national parks. They’re considering everything from coded signs that park-goers c...

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Considering the Caribbean: Possible Effects of Rising Sea Levels in Our Backyard

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Last week's tsunami-like surge in the Philippines might be far away, but there's another vulnerable coast line right in our backyard: The Caribbean. Rising sea levels could have consi...

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Science Fields Still an All Boys Club

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The recipients of the Noble Prizes this week—from physics, medicine and chemistry—are all men. Last summer, researchers at Yale University found that young male scientists are viewed ...

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Edgar Allan Poe Exhibit Shows “Terror of the Soul”

Monday, October 07, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe was responsible for far more than some creepy stories and poems—he helped to create a fully independent American literary voice, paving the way for William Faulkner, E...

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City's Disaster Food Assistance Program Under Fire

Friday, December 14, 2012

The city's Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) is taking fire from critics. The initiative offers one month of food stamps to residents in areas affected by Sandy.


Christie Says Aid Request Allows NY-NJ to Use Funds How 'We See Fit'

Monday, December 10, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Monday that he's happy with the roughly $60 billion that the Obama Administration has proposed for hurricane relief — even though it's a far cry from the $82 billion that the region requested.


George Washington Prepares to Cross the Delaware Again

Friday, December 07, 2012

For the last 60 years, George Washington has been crossing the Delaware River as part of a Christmas Day re-enactment. He’ll have a practice run this weekend.


The Rivalry Begins: The NY Knicks Face-Off Against the Brooklyn Nets

Monday, November 26, 2012

Brooklyn’s newest hometown team, the Nets, will host the city’s storied New York Knicks at their new home in the Barclays Center Monday night.


Miniature Trains Roll into Grand Central

Monday, November 19, 2012

The 11th annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Transit Museum will pull into Grand Central Terminal just in time for the station’s centennial anniversary.

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City Puts the Brake on Longboard Race

Friday, October 19, 2012

The annual unauthorized Broadway Bomb longboard race has been officially cancelled this year. A New York judge granted the city’s application to stop the race on the grounds that the race lacks the required parade permit.

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Snapshot | Big Bird Upstages Traditional Politician Costumes

Friday, October 12, 2012

When it comes to political costumes this Halloween it’s one for the birds: Big Bird, that is.


Natural Gas Estimate Released for Utica Shale

Friday, October 05, 2012

The Marcellus Shale is about to get some competition.

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NYC Officials Highlight Public Housing Security Concerns

Friday, September 21, 2012

Broken locks and an absence of security cameras are just a couple of the major public housing security concerns that were on the minds of elected officials on Friday.

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