Nerdette Podcast A safe space for nerding out about all the things you're watching, reading, listening to and encountering in real life. Host Greta Johnsen talks to people about their obsessions: from science to science fiction, great lady nerds of history to Beyoncé. Because what the world needs now is not another superhero, but for the glasses-clad alter ego to make you a podcast.
Nerdette Podcast

Nerdette Podcast

From WBEZ Chicago

A safe space for nerding out about all the things you're watching, reading, listening to and encountering in real life. Host Greta Johnsen talks to people about their obsessions: from science to science fiction, great lady nerds of history to Beyoncé. Because what the world needs now is not another superhero, but for the glasses-clad alter ego to make you a podcast.

Most Recent Episodes

The women who painted themselves against all odds

The duo behind Black Nerd Problems join the panel to unpack the week so you don't have to. Plus, two authors share stories on women's self portraits and coming out at any age.

When life gives you kidneys, make 'bad art friends'

This week, our panel takes a look at some of the most complicated friendships in our lives: Facebook friends, unvaccinated friends, and 'bad art friends.' We even talk about some animal ones too, with bestselling author Mary Roach.

Nerdette Book Club: Ryka Aoki on 'Light From Uncommon Stars'

We discuss deals with the devil, intergalactic warfare, and defiant joy with author Ryka Aoki.

What It Means To Be The First

It's not easy being the first in any field. Just ask our two trailblazing guests, former NCAA swimmer Schuyler Bailar and tubist Richard Antoine White.

Nerdette Book Club: 'Crying in H Mart'

Lit Society Pod co-hosts Kari Herrera and Alexis Honoria join Greta to process Michelle Zauner's devastating, delicious memoir. (Heads up: you might want tissues for this one.)

When Reality Meets TV

It's all TV and trees this week! We're joined by culture reporter Hannah Giorgis (The Atlantic), canopy ecologist Meg Lowman, and Chicago's finest "Bachelor"-ologists: Mina Bloom and Brandon Pope.

The Doctor Is In — Again!

You asked, we delivered! Infectious disease expert Emily Landon is back to take your questions on variants, vaccines, and more.

When The Pressure's Just Too Much

This one's all about anxiety! We talk about how Naomi Osaka is paving the way for all of us with WBEZ education reporter Susie An and Axios Today host Niala Boodhoo, then neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki talks to us about why anxiety is still so misunderstood. Plus, we catch up with Lauren Groff about her wonderfully weird novel, 'Matrix.'

Book Club: Bonus Interview with Leigh Bardugo

Today on Nerdette we're bringing you a fascinating interview from another WBEZ podcast - Art of Power. Leigh Bardugo is the author of the bestselling 'Shadow and Bone' trilogy. Leigh talks with Aarti Shahani about the many ups and downs she traversed before ultimately landing at success.

Queens Of Pop And Vampire Slayers

How is it September already?! We talk music news with Certified Music People™ Jasmine Garsd (NPR) and Jill Hopkins (Vocalo). Then, we check in with actor Harvey Guillén, who does all his own stunts as Guillermo de la Cruz in 'What We Do in the Shadows,' and walk through a recommendation from the American Medical Association that could make life a lot easier for trans and intersex folks.