Nerdette Book Club: 'You Better Be Lightning'

We talk to Andrea Gibson about their gorgeous new poetry collection, 'You Better Be Lightning.'


Tre'vell Anderson and Jarrett Hill, co-hosts of the FANTI podcast, join us to discuss the pronunciation of Omicron, Spotify "Wrapped" playlists, and getting stuck in a British pub. Then, we hear from Grace Bonney about her new book Collective Wisdom: Lessons, Inspiration, and Advice from Women over 50.

Nerdette Book Club: 'Bombshell'

Romance enthusiasts Tia Williams and Jessica Pryde join the book club to dig into the feminist bodice ripper Bombshell by Sarah MacLean. It's a romp!


Athletic eating doesn't need to stop with the Thanksgiving meal. New York Times Cooking experts Melissa Clark and Tejal Rao teach us how to make the best of our leftovers.

A pre-holiday check-up

Winter sure is coming, so Nerdette's resident epidemiologist Dr. Emily Landon is back to answer all of your COVID questions.

What is this year's sexiest supply chain?

We've all heard way more about supply chains this year than ever before, but how will the shortages and delays affect your holiday book haul? Nerdette goes on a journey through the publishing industry to find out. But first, the panel gets into vaccines for kids and People magazine's choice for the sexiest man alive, Paul Rudd.

What is time?

The panel debates daylight saving time, canceling classic rock, and how to stop your job from becoming your life. Plus, we learn how to make beans interesting every day of the week.

Nerdette Book Club: Sarah MacLean on 'Bombshell'

We talk to bestselling romance novelist Sarah MacLean about her feminist bodice ripper Bombshell.

Shove it, Satan

To get into the Halloween spirit, Erik Larson tells us a ghost story and a monster expert explains why werewolves are hot right now.

Nerdette Book Club: 'Light From Uncommon Stars'

The Nerdette Book Club unpacks Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki with book nerds Jenn Northington and Christina Orlando.

Fandom, feminists and fortune telling

This week, our panel takes a stab at renaming Facebook and mulls over the new Dune adaptation starring Timothée Chalamet. Then, we talk about two special guides for life, one on feminism for girls and non-binary teens and another on using tarot for self-care.

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.

Nerdette Book Club: 'Klara and the Sun'

It's our long-awaited episode on Kazuo Ishiguro's 'Klara and the Sun'! We dive into the Nobel prize-winner's latest with writer Anita Felicelli, who recently reviewed 'Klara and the Sun' for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and author Veronica Roth ('Divergent,' 'Chosen Ones').

Is Anything Even Good Anymore?

WTTW anchor Brandis Friedman and WBEZ reporter Araceli Gómez-Aldana talk to us about Lil Nas X's new gig with Taco Bell, if anything we watch is "good" in the age of armchair critics, and why the baby from the cover of Nirvana's 'Nevermind' isn't smiling anymore. Then, TV critic Kathryn VanArendonk christens a new genre we can get behind (White Man As Obstacle) and author Jess Zimmerman takes a feminist spin on Greek myths.

#RushTok 101

We're back with a panel! This week, we talk COVID, Jeopardy!, and #RushTok with WBEZ daily newsletter writer Hunter Clauss and New York Times TV critic Margaret Lyons. Then, Eve Ewing tells us about 'Maya and the Robot,' her lovely new book for middle grade readers. (Note: We recorded this week's panel on Thursday, before the news broke about Mike Richards leaving Jeopardy!)