Martin Pepper, a former swimmer at the University of Arizona, has been named the host of the upcoming Science Channel series “How the Earth Works,” which is a successor to the Discovery Channel’s “How the Universe Works” series.
How the Universe Works was narrated by Discovery Channel legend Mike Rowe, but the new series will be hosted by Pepper and French-born Irish presenter Liz Bonnin.
Pepper swam at Arizona, where he won the NCAA Championship in the 100 fly in 1996 (following in the footsteps of older brother Seth, who was the 1993 NCAA Champion). The show will premier in its first season on October 9th.
According to a story on AZCentral.com, Pepper said he’s most worried about maintaining the reputation of the Arizona science department where he’s a geology doctoral student.
“I study geology, yet we’re covering volcanic things that I had no experience with,” Martin Pepper said. “A lot of times I was going off a hunch, trying to re-word stuff or correct scripts. I’ve seen Discovery and Science channels, and I know a lot of it is drama. I know the academic world can be very harsh. My biggest fear is giving a bad name to our department or the science. But I’m excited how many people it might touch to get excited about different sciences.”