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

Nerdette Book Club: 'Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow'

Nerdette Book Club is back to discuss our September book, 'Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow' by Gabrielle Zevin. Our panelists are Jason Concepcion, co-host of 'The Official Game of Thrones Podcast: House of the Dragon' with Nerdette's Greta Johnsen, and Amber Sparks, author of 'And I Do Not Forgive You.' Special thanks to all of the listeners who contributed your voices to this chat! We love y'all.

Hell, or hell yeah?!

WBEZ's Adora Namigadde and Lauren Ober, host of the podcast 'The Loudest Girl in the World, discuss ukuleles, ants, and scrunchies, all of which had news-worthy moments this week. Plus, what should you do with old clothes? We ask The Atlantic's Amanda Mull.

God save the new boy Queen

WBEZ's Meha and Ahmad and The New Yorker's Helen Rosner join Greta to talk about King Charles's standoff with a pen, the new unsend feature for iPhones, and pumpkin spice's entrée into Merriam-Webster. Then, we talk to romance writer Jasmine Guillory about her eighth book, 'Drunk on Love.'

Does 'Don't Worry Darling' need a special master?

We are living for the drama behind the scenes of the film Don't Worry Darling. Our fabulous guests, Christina Tucker, co-host of Autostraddle's 'Wait, Is This a Date?' podcast, and Margaret Willison, culture writer and podcaster with Not Sorry Productions, unpack it all. Plus, W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz stop by to discuss their new book 'Do the Work! An Antiracist Activity Book.'

Nerdette Book Club: Gabrielle Zevin on 'Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow'

We have a spoiler-free conversation with author Gabrielle Zevin about our September book club pick, 'Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow.' Book club will be back on the last Tuesday of the month and you are invited to participate! Send us a voice memo with your take on 'Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow' and we will try to include you in the episode. You can reach us at nerdettepodcast@gmail.com.

Nerdette Book Club: Gabrielle Zevin on 'Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow'

The moon and Thee Megan

The co-hosts of NPR's Code Switch, Gene Demby and B.A. Parker, join us to discuss moon launches, Megan Thee Stallion on Marvel, and a marinara traffic jam. Plus, Camryn Jones talks about playing Tiffany in the Amazon Prime show 'Paper Girls,' which is about a squad of teen time travelers.

Finding joy with Courtney Barnett

Sam Sanders and Saeed Jones help us unpack a big week, from student loan forgiveness to the made up phrase "quiet quitting." Sam is the host of the Vulture podcast 'Into It' and Saeed Jones is author of the forthcoming poetry collection 'Alive at the End of the World.' They are also two of the hosts of the new Stitcher podcast 'Vibe Check.' Then, indie rock musician Courtney Barnett tells us about her extreme vulnerability in the new documentary 'Anonymous Club.'

Summer is NOT over!!!

We're sharing all of the best things to do during your last days of summer! First, 'Maintenance Phase' host Aubrey Gordon and 'There Are No Girls on the Internet' host Bridget Todd give their recommendations for things to read, watch, and listen to. Then, food writer Alex Beggs and New York Times restaurant critic Tejal Rao share their favorite slacker picnic recipes. You can find a list of all of the recommendations included in today's show at our website: https://www.wbez.org/stories/summer-is-not-over/a5ce7aa0-49dd-4e37-9844-0aafe6bd5577?preview=1660849625190

If you're going to get COVID, make it count

Nerdette's "resident epidemiologist," Dr. Emily Landon of The University of Chicago, returns to give us her advice for navigating monkeypox and COVID-19.

Goodbye to a GOAT

This week, the panel discusses the one and only Serena Williams, millennials on defense on TikTok, and the rise of Italian beef. We're joined by City Cast Chicago's Jacoby Cochran, Chicago Tribune's Britt Julious, and Nerdette guest host Araceli Gómez-Aldana.