Popular vs. Cool With Derek Thompson

Senior Editor of The Atlantic, Derek Thompson, tells Tricia about his new book Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction. He explains what makes Adele's Hello and Drake's Hot Line Bling top charts hits and how Star Wars was almost not famous. Plus, Derek says that popular doesn't always mean cool, which is great news for nerds everywhere.

Life On Mars With Dr. Sheyna Gifford

Dr. Sheyna Gifford tells us about her year living on a volcano in Hawaii with just five other people as part of HI-SEAS IV, a NASA project to simulate life on Mars. Sheyna was the space doc on the mission, accompanied by a physicist, an architect, an engineer, a biologist and a commander. Living in a 1200 square foot biodome and going outside only in their space suits, the crew studied the psychological effects and group dynamics that could be at play when astronauts make it to Mars. On Nerdette, Sheyna tells Tricia what the year was like and how she got through it. She also gives some excellent homework.

Brainpickings Creator Maria Popova Only Stops Working To Play Bridge

Maria Popova, the creator of the website Brain Pickings, explains how her job is to reflect on everything from literature and physics to astronomy and art. She tells Nerdette hosts Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen about her rigorous daily diet of reading, writing, tweeting, and reflecting, as well as her newest guilty pleasure: Playing bridge.

Brainpickings Creator Maria Popova Only Stops Working To Play Bridge

Lizzo: She Sings, She Raps, She Flutes

Singer, rapper and flute player Lizzo breaks down her debut EP Coconut Oil and her bevy of musical styles. The multitalented artist talks about her early days in music, from being a band geek and starting girl groups as a kid to making music now that's empowering and body-positive.

Tom Hanks And Typewriters: A Love Story

Tom Hanks is a little obsessed with typewriters. So when we put the Academy Award-winning actor in front of a pre-WWII Underwood Champion, he gave Nerdette hosts Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen an impromptu master class on the machines he calls "self-contained printing presses with which you can change the world." Want to support this show and get a sweet Nerdette mug and/or notebook as a thank you gift? Go to https://wbez.org/nerdalert

Margot Lee Shetterly, Andy Cohen And The Best Podcasts Of 2016

We talk to Andy Cohen, the man behind Bravo's Real Housewives, about celebrity obsession. Then we break down some of the best podcasts of 2016 with help from Lauren Ober, host of NPR's The Big Listen, and Brittany Luce, of Gimlet. And finally, author Margot Lee Shetterly on her book Hidden Figures (the inspiration for the new film by the same name) which tells the stories of black female mathematicians who played crucial roles in the early days of NASA.

Margot Lee Shetterly, Andy Cohen And The Best Podcasts Of 2016

Stephanie Beatriz, Reality Bytes And Cookies With Dorie

Stephanie Beatriz plays Rosa on the Fox series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Beatriz and her best friend Courtney Kocak also host Reality Bytes, a show where they discuss the myriad confusing things about having real relationships in the age of emojis and swipe-y apps. Then, delicious homework from cookie expert Dorie Greenspan.

Stephanie Beatriz, Reality Bytes And Cookies With Dorie

'2 Dope Queens' Host Phoebe Robinson On Why You Can't Touch Her Hair

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comic, the author of You Can't Touch My Hair and host of two podcasts: '2 Dope Queens' and 'Sooo Many White Guys.' She talks about why people online flipped out about the title of 'Sooo Many White Guys' and how being a black feminist is a full time job.

'2 Dope Queens' Host Phoebe Robinson On Why You Can't Touch Her Hair

Gilmore Girls Revival Recap

The Gilmore Girls revival is finally here, and we've got a LOT of feelings. First, we challenge Gilmore newbies (and Dinner Party Download co-hosts) Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano to watch the first episode of the new series. Then, we chat with Liz Torres, the actress who plays Miss Patty. Finally, Tricia and Greta share their major takeaways from the revival.

Rad Ladies Of History With Author Kate Schatz

Author Kate Schatz tells us about a few historical heroines and explains why Rad Women Worldwide is a book for boys.

Rad Ladies Of History With Author Kate Schatz

Design Sponge's Grace Bonney On What She Learned From 100 Boss Ladies

Grace Bonney is the brilliant creator behind the website Design*Sponge. She talked to 100 women doing creative work and tells us what she learned by turning those conversations into the new book In The Company Of Women. She talks about the beauty of creative messes, what to do if we magically had an extra hour in the day, and the ever-elusive notion of work-life balance. Plus, we chat with the host of WBEZ's new podcast that tells the inside story about how Oprah's media empire came to be.

Design Sponge's Grace Bonney On What She Learned From 100 Boss Ladies

Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun On The 2016 Election

It's been an interesting week to be alive! We have a new president-elect, and we almost elected America's first female president. To help us understand what happened we're joined by Carol Moseley Braun, the first African American woman to serve as a United States senator.

Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun On The 2016 Election

Issa Rae On Adulting, Oversharing And Her HBO Show

Issa Rae is the creator and star of HBO's Insecure, a show about 29 year-old, her best friend, and their life choices. Issa tells us why we can't all be Olivia Pope, how her new show reflects her own personality, and how a life crisis in your 30s is more interesting than one at 22.

Issa Rae On Adulting, Oversharing And Her HBO Show

How 'High Maintenance' Creators Turned Their Web Series Into An HBO Hit

Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld are the creators of the web-turned-HBO series High Maintenance. (Ben also plays "The Guy," the show's pot peddler.) On Nerdette, Katja and Ben talk about how the show has changed now that it's an HBO production, why the simplest episodes are the most effective, and how they love to talk to strangers.

How 'High Maintenance' Creators Turned Their Web Series Into An HBO Hit

TV Homework With Linda Holmes And Jim DeRogatis

Two of our favorite podcast hosts and pop culture opinion-havers stop by to nerd out about their television favorites. NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour host, Linda Holmes, and Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions join us to talk about the most under appreciated and most anticipated shows in their queues.

TV Homework With Linda Holmes And Jim DeRogatis

Luvvie Ajayi Is Judging You

We chat with the pop culture writer, known for her blog and now a new book brimming with well-intentioned side-eye. Plus, a conversation with Kimberly Hebert Gregory of HBO's Vice Principals.

Dr. Eugenia Cheng On Why Math Is Magic

Eugenia Cheng teaches math to artists and makes it delicious. Plus, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!'s Peter Sagal stops by.

G. Willow Wilson on Ms. Marvel and Millennials

G. Willow Wilson writes Marvel's Ms. Marvel comic. She tells us how a comic about an American Muslim teenager with superpowers came to be, what it's like to write stories about outsiders, and why millennials can be hard to understand.

G. Willow Wilson on Ms. Marvel and Millennials

Victoria Schwab On Monsters, Mayhem And Magic

Author Victoria Schwab is a twenty-something wizard at writing sci-fi and fantasy. Her books are fast-paced, fascinating and often feature fierce feminist protagonists.

Victoria Schwab On Monsters, Mayhem And Magic

Messing With Nature: Exploring The Future Of Food, Fertility And More

This week, a special episode. We talk to five entrepreneurs and scientists who are doing pretty futuristic sounding stuff.

Messing With Nature: Exploring The Future Of Food, Fertility And More

Hari Kondabolu On Turning Politics Into Comedy

In Hari Kondabolu's new comedy album, Mainstream American Comic, Kondabolu takes on issues like Black Lives Matter, the presidential race, abortion, and white privilege. On Nerdette, Kondabolu chats about why comedy isn't the same as activism and how to laugh in a deeply divided America.

Hari Kondabolu On Turning Politics Into Comedy

Jessi Klein On Grown-Up Tomboys, Motherhood, And Backpacks

Jessi Klein, head writer for Inside Amy Schumer, talks about the awkwardness of being a grown-up tomboy and when you're finally too old to carry a backpack. Then she explains that there may only be two types of women in the world: wolves and poodles. Her new book is called You'll Grow Out of It.

Jessi Klein On Grown-Up Tomboys, Motherhood, And Backpacks

Lindy West And Andi Zeisler On Fierce Feminism

Lindy West on fat-shaming, fighting trolls and finding your voice. Her incisive, hilarious new book is Shrill. Then, Bitch Media Group co-founder Andi Zeisler looks at one of our favorite TV shows through a feminist lens.

Lindy West And Andi Zeisler On Fierce Feminism

Tig Notaro And Gillian Flynn 'Just' People

Comedian Tig Notaro talks about how she turned a string of personal tragedies into comedy. Then Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, discusses her nerdy obsessions.

Tig Notaro And Gillian Flynn 'Just' People