When Bill Nye Saves the World premieres on Netflix April 21, it may look a little different than the beloved children's science show '90s kids grew up with. It will still have the same spirited, learning-driven core, but this time around, it's staying true to its new name. The spinoff aims to dispel anti-scientific claims, tackling timely, pressing topics like climate change, alternative medicine, and artificial intelligence. Also adding to its revamped image are a live studio audience and a slew of buzzy guest stars, and as you sift through its star-studded list of celebrity correspondents, you may be wondering: Who Is Emily Calandrelli?
Though a newcomer to the Bill Nye franchise, Calandrelli is a veteran science host in her own right. Since 2014, she's been a host and producer for Fox's Xploration Outer Space, in which she visits various NASA facilities to answer questions about our universe. According to her website, she's also a guest science writer and host for Discovery News, covers the space industry as a writer for TechCrunch, and gives talks about space exploration, scientific literacy, and equality as a professional public speaker. Her first children's book, Ada Lace: On the Case, is due for release on August 29.
And Calandrelli has an impressive resume to boot: She has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University, plus a masters from MIT in both Aeronautics and Astronautics and Technology and Policy. She was even a visiting scholar at the Harvard NASA Tournament Lab, where she helped organizations solve technical challenges through the use of crowdsourcing.
When asked when she first realized she'd be a good fit for science television, Calandrelli told the Boston Globe she'd had a lightbulb moment while interning at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. She said:
She also told Nextshark that it's important to her to have female representation in the field. As she explained:
That sounds like a cause viewers can get behind. Catch Calandrelli in action when Bill Nye Saves the World hits Netflix on Friday.