Latif Nasser

Latif Shiraz Nasser is a Canadian researcher, writer and presenter. He is the Director of Research and co-host at Radiolab and host of the Netflix show Connected.

Latif Shiraz Nasser
Alma materHarvard University
Pearson College UWC
Dartmouth College
Spouse(s)Carly Mensch
Scientific career
ThesisSpasms of the Soul: The Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic in the Age of Independence. (2014)

Early life and educationEdit

Nasser grew up in Mississauga, Ontario.[1] He attended Pearson College UWC.[1] Nasser earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College. He served as President of the Displaced Theatre Company and spent most of his time in the Hopkins Center for the Arts.[2] Whilst at Dartmouth he was taught the history of physics by Richard Kremer and Marcelo Glasier. As part of the class he was involved in a production of Bertolt Brecht's Life of Galileo. When trying to find props for the production, he found himself in the scientific instrument collection of Dartmouth, unearthing historic artefacts and researching their origins.[2] Nasser was selected by his classmates to be the orator at the 2008 Class Day.[1]

Nasser earned his doctoral degree at Harvard University, where he specialised in the history of science. He studied the tanganyika laughter epidemic.[3]


After earning his doctorate, Nasser was made co-host of the WNYC Studios radio show Radiolab.[4] He created and hosted the podcast The Other Latif, a investigative series in which Nasser explored the story of Guantanamo Bay detention detainee Abdul Latif Nasir.[5][6]

Beginning in 2020 Nasser hosts the Netflix docuseries Connected,[7] which explores how humans are connected to each other and the universe.[8][9] In the series Nasser visits scientists around the world, learning about what they do and their research impacts people's lives.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Nasser is married to fellow Dartmouth College alumna Carly Mensch.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "The Academic Enterprise: Latif Nasser '08". Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  2. ^ a b "Q&A with science podcaster, Netflix host Latif Nasser '08". The Dartmouth. Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  3. ^ Kolberg, Brad (2020-08-20). "Latif Nasser". Wisconsin Public Radio. Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  4. ^ Co-Host, Latif Nasser; Radiolab. "People - Latif Nasser | WNYC | New York Public Radio, Podcasts, Live Streaming Radio, News". WNYC. Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  5. ^ "The Other Latif: Episode 1 | Radiolab". WNYC Studios. Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  6. ^ May–June 2020, Lisa Kocian ’94 |. "What's In a Name?". Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  7. ^ "Sloan Science & Film". Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  8. ^ "Connected | Netflix Official Site". Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  9. ^ Tumin, Remy (2020-08-19). "Latif Nasser, Harvard Ph.D., on the Rewards of Being Dumb". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  10. ^ Khan, Sarah. "How Bourdain Inspired Netflix's New Science and Travel Show". Condé Nast Traveler. Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  11. ^ "Who is Latif Nasser's wife Carly Mensch? Connected couple met at Dartmouth!". News Break. Retrieved 2020-11-07.