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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!

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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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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English

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312-893-8585


Episodes

The best podcasts of 2022

12/9/2022
From Italian true crime to juicy gossip, Vulture podcast critic Nick Quah is back to share his top 5 podcasts of the year! You can find Nick's full list at our website: https://tinyurl.com/273xeerc

Duration:00:26:38

Nerdette Book Club: Hernan Diaz on ‘Trust’

12/6/2022
December's Book Club pick is ‘Trust’ by Hernan Diaz. It's one of Greta's favorite books of the year. In this spoiler-free episode, Hernan discusses the rhetoric of male power and who does – and doesn’t – have the power to tell their own story. Stay tuned for a spoiler-filled episode later this month, but before then, tell us what you think! Email your thoughts about ‘Trust’ to NerdettePodcast [at] gmail [dot] com for a chance to be featured in the final book club discussion of the year!

Duration:00:23:45

The story behind the behind

12/2/2022
This week, Jasmine Garsd, host of NPR’s The Last Cup, and Brandon Pope, host of WBEZ’s Making, drop in to discuss the World Cup, a lawsuit against Velveeta and the word of the year: gaslighting. Then, Radiolab reporter Heather Radke joins us to discuss her book, ‘Butts: A Backstory.’ It explores the history of the human behind and, as she puts it, "the multiple ways that patriarchy and misogyny can infect women’s bodies.”

Duration:00:26:15

Nerdette Book Club: ‘Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm’

11/29/2022
Nerdette Book Club is back for a spoiler-filled episode to discuss this month’s pick, ‘Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm’ by Laura Warrell. Public radio reporter Sonari Glinton and host of NPR’s 1A, Jenn White, join us to unpack Warrell’s jazzy debut novel. We also get the chance to listen to some of our amazing listeners. Thank you for calling in!

Duration:00:35:09

Taking joy seriously with Ross Gay

11/25/2022
Poet Ross Gay joins us to talk about his new essay collection, 'Inciting Joy,' and the beauty of finding solace and solidarity in complex life experiences. Plus, we hear from Nerdette listeners about what you are grateful for this holiday season!

Duration:00:20:37

‘She Said’ reignites conversations around #MeToo

11/18/2022
‘Who? Weekly’ hosts Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber stop by to share their favorite celebrity gossip of 2022. They also offer highbrow and lowbrow viewing recommendations for the upcoming holiday weekend. Then, ‘She Said’ director Maria Schrader discusses centering the voices of survivors in #MeToo narratives.

Duration:00:24:00

The holidays, Covid and you

11/17/2022
Nerdette’s “resident epidemiologist,” Dr. Emily Landon of University of Chicago Medicine, explains everything you need to know about navigating Covid, the flu and RSV this holiday season.

Duration:00:16:59

Life is stressful, but baking doesn’t have to be

11/11/2022
We unwind from election week with 'Parenting is a Joke' podcast host Ophira Eisenberg and 'Fake the Nation' host Negin Farsad. Then, Claire Saffitz tells us about her new cookbook 'What's for Dessert.' Plus, we dip our toes into the weird world of YODELING.

Duration:00:32:02

What would you do with a billion bucks?

11/4/2022
This week, host of NPR’s ‘It’s Been A Minute,’ Brittany Luse, and host of NPR’s ‘Embedded,’ Kelly McEvers, drop in to talk about the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot, Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, and “pandemic amnesty.” Then, if you need TV recommendations for this cozy fall weather, The New Yorker’s Inkoo Kang has got you covered. You can find Inkoo’s list of shows at our website: https://www.wbez.org/stories/what-would-you-do-with-a-billion-bucks/1d9a7529-65bd-4ada-929e-1ec8b9c8fbed

Duration:00:31:23

Nerdette Book Club: Laura Warrell on ‘Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm’

11/1/2022
This November, Nerdette Book Club is reading Laura Warrell’s debut novel, ‘Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm.’ It’s about Circus Palmer, a struggling 40-something jazz trumpeter in Boston and the women he admires and disappoints. Laura Warrell joins us for a spoiler-free conversation about her jazz-filled, debut novel and the joys of becoming a published author later in life. Read along with us and tell us what you think! Record a voice memo on your phone and email us at nerdettepodcast@gmail.com...

Duration:00:22:14

We made it to the Halloweekend!

10/28/2022
We discuss candy, tombstones and television recommendations with two fun Halloween freaks. Delia Cai is a correspondent for Vanity Fair and Nick Quah is a podcast critic for Vulture. Then, Michelin star chef Sarah Grueneberg stops by to chat about her new cookbook ‘Listen to Your Vegetables.’ Plus, Utah State University English professor Joyce Kinkead tells us about the history of writer’s block.

Duration:00:26:07

Nerdette Book Club: 'Our Missing Hearts'

10/25/2022
Nerdette Book Club is wrapping up October with this spoilery and delightful conversation on Celeste Ng’s newest novel, ‘Our Missing Hearts.’ Our panelists are Dessa, rapper and author of the new poetry collection ‘Tits on the Moon,’ and Elise Hu, ‘Ted Talks Daily’ host and NPR host-at-large. Thank you to all of the listeners who joined the conversation!

Duration:00:35:18

A very bookish episode

10/21/2022
We chat about life as a professional reader with book influencer Lupita Aquino and ‘Missing Pages’ podcast host Bethanne Patrick. Plus, we talk to Veronica Roth, author of the 'Divergent' series, about her new dystopian novel for adults called 'Poster Girl.' You can find a list of the books mentioned in today’s episode at our website: https://www.wbez.org/stories/a-very-bookish-episode/5eef5d33-23eb-4227-8ee0-437db7db7429

Duration:00:27:09

The cookbooks you need this fall

10/14/2022
Lauren Chooljian, Senior Producer at New Hampshire Public Radio, and Jonquilyn Hill, Senior Producer at Vox and host of The Weeds podcast, join us for a cozy, good time. We discuss record-setting pumpkins, gift-giving ethics, and butter boards. Then, Bon Appetit contributor and food writer Alex Beggs shares her five favorite cookbooks coming out this fall. You can find Alex’s list at our website:...

Duration:00:26:13

Five frightening books to read this fall

10/7/2022
Axios Today host Niala Boodhoo and Homemade Stories host Shannon Cason join us to dish on the latest pop culture news, from the rom-com ‘Bros’ to the new purple M&M. Then, Liberty Hardy, host of Book Riot’s 'ALL THE BOOKS!’ podcast and writer of the Patreon newsletter ‘What’s my page again?,’ gives us her list of favorite books out this fall. Plus, the Nerdette team and some of our listeners share their own reading recommendations. You can find the full list at our website:...

Nerdette Book Club: Celeste Ng on ‘Our Missing Hearts’

10/4/2022
This October, Nerdette Book Club is reading Celeste Ng’s new novel, ‘Our Missing Hearts.’ It follows Bird, a 12-year-old boy living with his father in an alternate version of the United States, which has undergone a “crisis.” Anti-Asian hate is rampant, children are quietly being taken from their families, and books that are seen as unpatriotic are disappearing from library shelves. Celeste Ng joined us for a spoiler-free conversation on the historical influences behind the novel, the power...

Duration:00:22:10

One less thing to worry about

9/30/2022
This week, the hosts of NPR’s Invisiblia, Yowei Shaw and Kia Miakka Natisse, stop by to discuss NASA’s asteroid mission, the CIA’s new podcast and a child art prodigy. Then, we dive into the history of literary pseudonyms with Carmela Ciuraru, author of ‘Nom de Plume.’ Plus, Autostraddle CEO Riese Bernard explores why so many queer TV shows have been canceled after one season with Nerdette producer Anna Bauman.

Duration:00:33:36

Nerdette Book Club: ‘Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow’

9/27/2022
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.

Duration:00:39:33

Hell, or hell yeah?!

9/23/2022
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.

Duration:00:24:21

God save the new boy Queen

9/16/2022
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.’

Duration:00:28:49