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

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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

April Is Around The Corner, And We're Standing By That

People are hitting a "pandemic wall." Presidents are making podcasts. And teenagers are kidnapping themselves to get out of work. We unpack the week that was with rapper Dessa and Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington.

Nerdette Book Club: Rumaan Alam's 'Leave The World Behind'

Book critic Bethanne Patrick and Professor Lisa Page, director of creative writing at George Washington University, join us to discuss this month's book club pick: Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam. Alam's third novel is a witty and unnerving take on the apocalypse genre that is already being turned into a Netflix film starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington.

Your Weekend Starts Here: 'Buffy,' 'Tarzan,' And Cat Problems Solved

Joss Whedon is not the feminist showrunner we thought he was, but is that a surprise? Plus, remembering the complicated legacies of two of America's first female doctors. Then, a cat expert offers some advice to owners whose cats don't love their home-based lifestyles.

Your Weekend Starts Here: Britney Spears, Mercury Retrograde And Your COVID Questions Answered

Former President Trump is being impeached ... again, Britney Spears is back in the news, and it's the 10th anniversary of the viral TGIF earworm "Friday." We unpack the week that was and catch up with Nerdette's resident epidemiologist Dr. Emily Landon, who also works at the University of Chicago. Plus, Madam Clairvoyant stops by to explain why the heck things have been so weird lately (according to the sky).

Your Weekend Starts Here: Britney Spears, Mercury Retrograde And Your COVID Questions Answered

Book Club: Rumaan Alam On His Netflix-Bound Apocalypse Novel 'Leave The World Behind'

We talk with Rumaan Alam about his latest book 'Leave The World Behind,' which is already being turned into a Netflix film starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington. Rumaan Alam's novel is Nerdette's February book club pick. Listen to our chat with Alam, read his book and come back later this month for more.

Book Club: Rumaan Alam On His Netflix-Bound Apocalypse Novel 'Leave The World Behind'

Your Weekend Starts Here: Awards Season, Everything Bagel Ice Cream And Remembering SOPHIE

This week we take a look at the latest set of award season snubs, non-snubs and the rest of the week's news with WBEZ Reset host Sasha-Ann Simons and WAMU producer Jonquilyn Hill, who's also the host of NPR's Through The Cracks podcast. Then we talk with Jeni Britton Bauer, the creator of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, about a new flavor of cream cheese ice cream that includes — for some reason — sesame, garlic and onion. Yes, it's weird! And lastly, we take a moment to remember Grammy-nominated musician SOPHIE with the help of author and culture writer Sasha Geffen. SOPHIE died Sunday at the age of 34.

Your Weekend Starts Here: Awards Season, Everything Bagel Ice Cream And Remembering SOPHIE

Your Weekend Starts Here: Baby Busts, 'Black Buck' And The Collapse Of Capitalism?

GameStop, GameStop, GameStop. Be gone! Another week is in the books, and we break down the news in vaccine distribution and pandemic fertility rates with WBEZ criminal justice reporter Patrick Smith and soon-to-be City Cast lead producer Carrie Shepherd. Plus, we take a look at all these GameStop shenanigans with Slate reporter Alex Kirshner. Then, a conversation with Mateo Askaripour, the author of a new part-satire, part-self help novel about a black salesman on a mission: Black Buck. Join us!

Your Weekend Starts Here: Baby Busts, 'Black Buck' And The Collapse Of Capitalism?

Book Club: 'The Space Between Worlds'

In a lot of ways, The Space Between Worlds is a classic, action-packed sci-fi novel about a multiverse. But as our panelists explain, author Micaiah Johnson skillfully twists a lot of archetypical tropes into something wholly unique. Listen along as Greta discusses the book with Ramtin Arablouei, co-host of NPR's Throughline podcast, and Northwestern University journalism lecturer Arionne Nettles. We also hear from many of you!

A Nerdette Inauguration Special

This year's presidential inauguration managed to muster up as much pageantry as possible, given the circumstances. Despite the pandemic and concerns over national security, the United States saw another peaceful transition of power. Carol Moseley Braun, the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate, was in attendance. She tells Nerdette host Greta Johnsen what it was like to see another woman make history with the swearing-in of Vice President Kamala Harris. Plus, FANTI podcast hosts Tre'vell Anderson and Jarrett Hill unpack their complicated feelings about America in 2021.

The 13th Month Of 2020

Everything keeps getting more intense! So we ask journalists Tricia Bobeda and Kristina Lopez how they're managing their news intake. Then, we talk to Glennon Doyle, author of several books, including Untamed, about why resolutions are not for her. And finally, we hear from some of you about what you've resolved to bring into 2021. Join us!

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