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Nerdette

Greta Johnsen

Nerdette is a weekly interview show that helps you unwind with fun conversations, inspiring ideas, and delightful recommendations. And join us every month for the Nerdette Book Club!

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What to read this summer
5d ago
What to read this summer
Book Riot’s Liberty Hardy reads hundreds of books a year. She tells us the best new books of this summer.
What to read this summer
5d ago
What to read this summer
Book Riot’s Liberty Hardy reads hundreds of books a year. She tells us the best new books of this summer.
What is your daily EGOT?
Jun 17 2022
What is your daily EGOT?
EGOTS for everyone! This week, ‘City Cast Chicago’ host Jacoby Cochran and Vox’s Jonquilyn Hill join the panel to talk about the week in pop culture. Then, Linda Holmes tells us about her new book ‘Flying Solo.’ Plus, we listen back to our interview with Michael Greyeyes in honor of the release of ‘Rutherford Falls’ season 2.
They weren’t heroes but they saved lives
Jun 10 2022
They weren’t heroes but they saved lives
First, we talk about updating the Bechdel test and re-embracing Kate Bush with bestselling author and host of ‘Bad With Money’ Gaby Dunn. Then, we hear about the new HBO documentary ‘The Janes,’ which is about a group of women who performed abortions before it was legal. Plus, what are the best summer blockbusters?
Tom Perotta on ‘Tracy Flick Can’t Win’
Jun 7 2022
Tom Perotta on ‘Tracy Flick Can’t Win’
The New York Times bestselling author reflects on his writing before and after the #MeToo movement.
What if phones but too much
Jun 3 2022
What if phones but too much
We talk about the cake throwing incident at the Mona Lisa and all of the TV you should watch this summer. Plus, a viral tweet says there are only 35 premises in all of literature, and … it's not far off?
Nerdette Book Club: ‘This Thing Between Us’
May 31 2022
Nerdette Book Club: ‘This Thing Between Us’
Ready or not, book club is taking on the horror novel ‘This Thing Between Us’ by Gus Moreno. We chat with two horror enthusiasts, Chicago bookseller Javier Ramirez and writer Gabino Iglesias.
Masks are still a good idea
May 27 2022
Masks are still a good idea
Yes, COVID is still a thing. Nerdette’s “resident epidemiologist” Dr. Emily Landon gets us up to speed.
Aim for just okay
May 20 2022
Aim for just okay
Writer Amil Niazi tells us why ditched ambition for mediocrity. Plus, we talk to Emma Straub, author of one of this year's most anticipated books, 'This Time Tomorrow.'
What to eat right now
May 13 2022
What to eat right now
We round up the best cookbooks of the year so far. Plus, chefs give us their recommendations for cooking with late spring vegetables.
Music dance experience!
May 6 2022
Music dance experience!
Here is an episode that you can dance to! J.P. Brammer and Daniel Lavery unpack the week in pop culture. Then, Sofía Valdés tells us about her lush new EP. Plus, we have the soundtrack for your summer!
Nerdette Book Club: Gus Moreno on ‘This Thing Between Us’
May 3 2022
Nerdette Book Club: Gus Moreno on ‘This Thing Between Us’
Gus Moreno joins us to talk about his terrifying debut novel.
What's happening?
Apr 29 2022
What's happening?
Elon Musk attempts a Twitter takeover. Plus, Julia Child’s legacy 60 years after her television debut.
Nerdette Book Club: ‘Pachinko’
Apr 26 2022
Nerdette Book Club: ‘Pachinko’
Our panel discusses the multigenerational epic and whether or not the television adaptation measures up.
Grow Along With Us
Apr 22 2022
Grow Along With Us
We unwind from another tumultuous almost-spring with the producer and host of the podcast ‘Normal Gossip.’ Topics include our (irrational?) love of houseplants, our ambivalence about Season 2 of ‘Russian Doll’ after a perfect Season 1, and what we love about banned books.
Vibe shift, anyone?
Apr 15 2022
Vibe shift, anyone?
The planets are aligning. Are you ready for a new vibe? Kat Chow and Margaret Willison discuss. Then, Jennifer Egan tells us about her new book ‘The Candy House.’ Plus, the history behind the “adopt don’t shop” dog rescue movement.
April is the cruelest month. Make a smoothie.
Apr 8 2022
April is the cruelest month. Make a smoothie.
Emily St. John Mandel tells us about her new book ‘Sea of Tranquility.’ Plus, we dig into the significance of the new Amazon union.
Nerdette Book Club: 'Notes on an Execution'
Apr 5 2022
Nerdette Book Club: 'Notes on an Execution'
Our book club dives into ‘Notes on an Execution’ by Danya Kukafka and contends with our cultural obsession with crime stories.
Is it a podcast or is it cake?
Apr 1 2022
Is it a podcast or is it cake?
We talk to Dylan Marron about his podcast ‘Conversations with people who hate me.’ Plus, are travel guidebooks dead? Or are they cake?
Whole grain flour is in bloom
Mar 25 2022
Whole grain flour is in bloom
Is whole grain flour the secret to the best chocolate chip cookie? Plus, the woman who swims in Lake Michigan every day.
Hearts and crafts: Nerdette live!
Mar 18 2022
Hearts and crafts: Nerdette live!
Listen to our live event on crafting and activism with Shannon “Badass Cross Stitch” Downey.