The Philosophy of Podcasting

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Annie Handmer of Space Junk

Annie Handmer is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science, in the School of History and Philosophy of Science. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philosophy, with Honours in History and Philosophy of Science, also from the University of Sydney. Annie’s research focuses on the sociology of science and scientific cooperation in extreme environments. Currently focusing on the interface between science, society, and military activities Outer Space, with her Honours thesis on scientific cooperation between the USSR, France, and the USA in Antarctica. In addition to her academic studies, she is a member of the History of Science Society, the Society for the History of Technology, the Space Generation Advisory Council, the Space Industry Association of Australia, the Australia and New Zealand Space Law Interest Group, the AYAA Aerospace Futures Committee, and is also the host and creator of the Space Junk Podcast. Spacejunk is the opposite of those slick productions which gently pour information and ideas into your ears with the smooth grace of Mr. Wickham. Nor is it charming and entertaining like Mr. Bingley. Instead, it's basically Mr. Darcy - it's complex, difficult, inaccessible, esoteric, and occasionally goes quiet without warning for months at a time. If it worked for Austen, it can work for Annie. But what it lacks in smooth production value it makes up for in relentless intellectualism. You can rest assured that you're just getting raw ideas. There's no agenda, it's not commercially sponsored, and only do enough editing to make it listenable. Even then, it's sometimes not. But it'll always make you think! You can find Zane on LinkedIn,,, or you can email them at