Cara Santa Maria

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Cara Santa Maria
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Born Cara Louise Santa Maria
(1983-10-19) October 19, 1983 (age 31)
Plano, Texas, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Alma mater University of North Texas
Occupation Science educator, producer, writer, television personality

Cara Louise Santa Maria (born October 19, 1983)[1] is an American science communicator, writer, producer and television personality. She is the host of the podcast Talk Nerdy and a co-host of TechKnow on Al Jazeera America. She was the senior science correspondent and host of the "Talk Nerdy to Me" series for The Huffington Post until April 2013.[2][3] She also co-hosted Take Part Live on Pivot TV from August 1, 2013 until April 17, 2014. She officially joined The Young Turks Network in May 2013.[4]

Early life[edit]

Santa Maria was born in Plano, Texas, the daughter of a school teacher and an engineer. She is from a Mormon family although she is herself an atheist[5] and of mixed Italian and Puerto Rican descent.[6][7]

In 2001, Santa Maria graduated from Plano East Senior High School. She earned a B.S. in psychology from University of North Texas in 2004. After graduating with her M.S. in neurobiology from UNT, Santa Maria enrolled in a PhD program at the City University of New York but dropped out shortly thereafter.


Until 2009, Santa Maria worked as an adjunct college professor and laboratory researcher. She co-produced and hosted a pilot entitled Talk Nerdy to Me for HBO, but it never went to air. Santa Maria has appeared on Larry King Live (CNN), Geraldo at Large (Fox News), Parker Spitzer (CNN), Studio 11 (Fox LA), The Young Turks (YouTube), Attack of the Show! (G4), The War Room with Jennifer Granholm (CurrentTV), LatiNation (CBS), The Nerdist (BBC America), and SoCal Connected (KCET).

Cara Santa Maria at Skepticon

Santa Maria co-hosts Hacking the Planet and The Truth About Twisters on The Weather Channel, as well as TechKnow on Al Jazeera America. She is a former host of Take Part Live on the Pivot (TV channel).[8]

She makes regular appearances on popular YouTube programs, such as Stan Lee's FanWars, Wil Wheaton's Tabletop, and The Point.[9] She has also guested on multiple podcasts, such as The Nerdist Podcast, Point of Inquiry, and the Joe Rogan Experience.

Santa Maria has been interviewed by Scientific American,[10] The Times of London,[11] and the Columbia Journalism Review.[12]

Personal life[edit]

From 2008 to 2011, Cara Santa Maria dated television host and political commentator Bill Maher.[13][14]


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