David Attenborough. Credit: Ed Yong
David Attenborough. Credit: Ed Yong

Six years ago, I spent an hour at David Attenborough’s house, talking to him about wildlife, film-making and his career.

Three weeks ago, I spent 20 minutes in a London bar, telling people about the experience at an incarnation of Story Collider–the wonderful event where people tell personal stories about science. Mine was about what Attenborough has meant in my life, and what it was like meeting him… but it’s also a little meditation on our need to anoint science heroes,  and why I think we might be better off without that. Have a listen. And do check out the rest of the StoryCollider archives. They do such great work.

[Thanks to Brian Wecht and Ben Lillie for inviting me to do this.]